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Estelle: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E LockhartWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart ( web | tweet )
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 240
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: family obligations, secrets, summer, romance
Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!)

Summary:  Cadence Sinclair can’t remember anything. Except her cousins and the boy she loves = the Liars. Summertime with her family in Beechwood Island. And most of all, always putting on appearances.

The kind of power that Granddad wielded over his family makes me angry because this man with all of this money and all of his houses only grew to be more powerful because those around him were too weak to stand up to him. Too weak to stand up for what they wanted and too obsessed with the trust funds they heavily relied on. At least, that’s how his daughters felt. The grandkids — they were a different story.

Cadence (our narrator), Mirren, Johnny, and Gat (not related but not ignorant of these family dynamics) were tired of being pawns in their mom’s schemes to own all the best stuff, stay in Granddad’s good graces, and maintain the facade of the successful, wealthy Sinclair family. When you are young and 15, you can be idealistic and can be so gung-ho about eliciting change and breaking free from the obligations and unrealistic expectations of your family. While these four teenagers definitely had their share of immature moments (who doesn’t at 15), I do think they had a grasp on how the game was played.

But how could they alter things? Did they have the power?

Lockhart has written a captivating story of a puppeteering and manipulating patriarch who cares much more about dollars signs and maintaining control than formulating real bonds with his family and seeing the people in his family be happy by their own accord. So much of We Were Liars was completely fucked up. Using the young ones to keep your kids-who-are-now-adults in line, pushing aside the obvious prejudice Granddad feels toward Gat, and most importantly, how badly this family collects possessions in efforts to top the other.

While the character development was well-done (especially in the pettier scenes), Lockhart’s writing style completely blew me away. The rhythm felt calculated and perfect, and so poetic; it was fast paced and swept me up in this tornado of romance and treachery. I must note the dialogue. It was authentic but also had a flair of theatricality. I could picture these words making quite the impression on stage, and at the same time, could have easily pictured myself saying them in real life.

But for all the intriguing details of We Were Liars, something stopped me from feeling too connected to the story. (Is it possible for the writing to be a triumph and a hindrance at the same time? Maybe.) As Cadence searched for answers about that last summer at Beechwood Island, my brain was scrambling to pick up small clues and figure out what happened. Why had the Liars been ignoring her? Why did they not rush to her aid when she needed it? So I was more curious than anything. But, on the other hand, the romance between Gat and Cadence did turn me inside out because what happens when you feel so much for someone but see that nothing is falling easily into place? Especially since Beechwood was this exclusive, dreamlike world that fed their connection to one another and would never be a year-round thing.

We Are Liars is mysterious and heartbreaking, full of small-minded folks and a perpetual cycle of greed, and children who are forced to suffer because of it. It’s one of those books that had my brain working in overdrive, and also kept me so interested I finished in just about a day. While the style and tone of the writing was so memorable, I think a few fleshed out scenes (not too many, just enough) to balance out the prettily expressed thoughts would have served to create a connection I didn’t always feel.

Still, I think I need this book in my possession.

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July 15, 2014 - 8:02 am

Attention, Attention: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart - […] you’re at work, though, I’ll highlight a few things I loved and you can also check out Estelle’s amazing review. She said it was worth it. I took her advice and absolutely haven’t been able to stop […]

June 1, 2014 - 4:36 am

Judith - So much of your review is EXACTLY how I felt about this book. God, the family dynamics made me so ANGRY. I really wanted to smack the grandfather and his children because man, they were either dominant or completely powerless, and all because of money. I really, really hated them. It’s interesting because I don’t think the characters were really well-written, per se, but I think that if they had been, the big twist wouldn’t have been so surprising. Yes to Lockhart’s writing. It’s mesmerizing!

May 14, 2014 - 10:54 am

Alexa S. - We Were Liars had really great writing, in my opinion! I thoroughly enjoyed diving into my first Lockhart book. It was twisty and mysterious and petty and effed up, but I just couldn’t take my eyes off the page! While I didn’t super love it, I can definitely say it was, as you’ve rated it, worth it.

May 9, 2014 - 5:52 pm

April Books & Wine - I get the disconnect, or at least the not being like YES I CAN RELATE HELLO EMPATHY. Or, the feeling at a distance.

For me, I love love love this book even though I also don’t think I totally 100% connected with Cadence, I actually felt more connected to Gat.

But, I still felt for her and her situation, especially with the whole money thing, etc.

Also, the whole mystery of what happened, like you, that really propelled my reading!

May 8, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I too was amazed by the writing. That was my favorite thing about this book – that and the ending. But what kept me from feeling connected to the story was that everything else kind of fell flat. I didn’t feel much for the characters, or the setting, or anything else really. I’m still glad I read it!

May 8, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - I’ve been trying to avoid reading too many reviews of this one because of the surprise factor and I want to go into it blind. Patiently waiting for my audiobook preorder to arrive, and I’m glad to see you found it worth it. Sometimes the stylized makes it hard to connect, but i’m excited to check out my first E. Lockhart book regardless.

May 8, 2014 - 11:28 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I definitely felt like I rushed through this one too! I had THEORIES pretty early on (which turned out to be right. Kind of boo on that because I wanted to be shocked!) so I felt like I was scrambling through the book to find out what the ending was.
I think overall it wasn’t quite a “me” book? I felt like I didn’t connect with the characters and I was hoping for a little bit more character development somehow. There was just something big missing for me that didn’t make it a win! still a good book and I enjoyed it but not as great as I had hoped and hype definitely won this battle for me!

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Superlatives: The Ring and The Crown by Melissa De La Cruz

The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la CruzThe Ring and The Crown by Melissa De La Cruz ( web | tweet )
Book 1 of a series.
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Disney/Hyperion
Pages: 384
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: royalty, marriage, friendship, obligation, magic
Format read: Copy sent to me by Small Girls PR. (Thanks!)

Summary: Bal du Drap d’Or is on the horizon — the biggest social event of the season where girls travel to London in their finest frocks to find not necessarily the man of their dreams but a man to marry. (For some, this courtship could make or break their family.) An engagement announcement, one that will unite two feuding kingdoms even if it means ruining the personal lives of these two individuals and those around them.

The Ring and The Crown by Melissa De La Cruz is not a book I would normally pick up — queens, princesses, arranged marriages, and magic? But this cover! It’s beautiful and after finishing The Winner’s Curse a few months ago, I felt like I could do anything! So here I am.

Basically a huge gala is coming up — Bal du Drap d’Or — socialite ladies from around the world are heading to London to toast the engagement of the princess and prince. It’s an unexpected pairing because the two are from feuding kingdoms so it’s basically a strategy to create harmony between the two. Marie is in love with someone else, and Leopold is engaged to another but these two details don’t matter. Whatever is best for the kingdom is what is done.

There are a lot of characters in The Ring and The Crown; the POVs switch between all of them and it mostly worked. I got mildly confused in the beginning but as I got more invested in these layered stories, it was manageable. The cast made me think so much of people in high school classes that it might be best to describe them in superlative form. Enjoy!

biggest flirt

Leopold may be the next king BUT his focus is on more than the kingdom. Oh the ladies. He’s kind of like that bad boy you really want to tame because it would feel so good to know YOU were the one who did it. (Just ask Isabelle, the gal who thinks she will be his wife.)

most loyal friend

Aelwyn returns to the kingdom for the first time in forever, and reconnects with her old friend, Marie. Despite some hurdles to walk through, their friendship picks up right where it used to be. (Loved this!) In a world full of so much dishonesty, it’s nice the two have each other. Especially when Marie asks Aelwyn the absolutely biggest favor in the world. ABSOLUTE. (Hint: I’m not telling you what it is.)

most likely to succeed

My absolute favorite character was Ronan (and it’s not only because she was from NYC). She’s an Astor and her family is struggling to make ends meet; securing a ticket to this great event is a huge deal for her but more for her family. If she can meet and get engaged to a wealthy guy, her parents’ debts can be cleared and all this crazy pressure will finally disappear. She studies the guys attending like it’s her job, and even when A HOT ADORABLE SWEET FUNNY GUY (with great taste with champagne) catches her attention, her eye is still on the prize and her obligation to her parents. If anyone is going to land a guy, IT IS THIS GIRL. (She is also “the luckiest” out of any of those characters because awesome little things keep falling into her lap.)

class clown

Wolf is totally a Pacey. Kind of like you fall in love with Dawson first (Leo) and then notice Wolf and are kind of smitten and can’t stop staring at him. Definitely like that. I loved his smirky, rebellious nature from the very beginning. He has a lot of insecurities because he’s the brother of the future king and he wants to create his own path in life, no matter how hard that is. He tricks some people, yes, but he has a good heart. A heart I always wanted to see more of. Yum.

best sidekicks

Perry and Archer. Two guys Ronan meets at a fancy dinner who are hilarious and just jump off the page personality wise. They were bubbly and fun, and were brought into the book at the exact right time. I needed their comic relief and Ronan needed their knowledge of these people, their support, and their friendship. Too cute.

the one who needs a break

Okay, you aren’t going to see this in any yearbook (can you imagine) but I have to mention Isabelle. She thinks she is going to marry Leo but he believes it is his duty to marry Marie (the princess) so there goes that? Not to mention the creepy creepy caretaker who feels so proprietary over her, her future, and whatever fortune her deceased parents left her. I wanted to be hopeful that things would work out for Isabelle but, oh man, she was one of those characters who drew the short stick time and time again.

Secrets, lies, hidden identities, gorgeous wardrobes and romance? The Ring and The Crown definitely reeled me in and totally spit me out with the ending — so shocked! Where will this series go? I have no idea. But I’m looking forward to finding out! (All I can say is more Wolf, please.)

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May 14, 2014 - 11:47 am

Alexa S. - THERE IS A CHARACTER NAMED WOLF? That’s seriously enough reason for me to want to read this book already. But, also, I just really like the sound of princesses and a ball and all these crazy characters. Great (and fun) way to review! :)

May 8, 2014 - 11:25 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Interesting! I’m still on the fence about this one… It seems like I’d enjoy it but I haven’t been seeing anything STELLAR about it yet? I think I’ll play it cool for a while and see if I happen up on it! :)

May 7, 2014 - 10:57 am

Megan (Best of Fates) - Okay, I love the cover and am intrigued by Perry & Archer (I love quality sidekicks!).

May 6, 2014 - 12:50 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Fun superlatives! With so many characters, that’s the perfect way to review this book. And yes, more Wolf please!

May 5, 2014 - 11:25 pm

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - I’m still so up in the air on this but this post is freaking awesome! When I eventually get around to reading this I’m totally referencing back to keep things straight and I’ll remember them based on how you described them. Love it!

May 5, 2014 - 8:27 pm

Alexa - Yay I’m really glad you enjoyed this one. I have been wanting to read this but many people are saying it was confusing or just plain didn’t work for them. I’m glad it worked for you.

Thanks for the great review!

May 5, 2014 - 10:29 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - I’ve seen so many positive things about this book. I was a little hesitant about it – not sure why – but now I’m dying to read it! Love your superlatives too; so cute! I do enjoy putting book characters into these categories. :)

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Return of BEA Part of It: Broadway + Brews

BEApartofitNYNY: Tips, tricks, and recommendations for those attending BEA and New York City.

It’s that time of year again!

As everyone gears up for another trip to BEA and most importantly, NYC, I’m teaming up with a few of my local buddies to bring you some places we don’t want you to miss and the easiest ways to navigate the city to make sure your time is maximized to the fullest. I’m combining my two posts from last year (Broadway + beers) because so many of my suggestions are the same and this post is truly a supplement to those. (Be sure to check out both!)

Let’s start first with the shows

I’ll be truthful. I haven’t been too blown away by the new stage offerings this year. I still standby my recs from 2013 (sadly, Peter + the Starcatcher is closed now so that one is a no go) but here are a few others I think you should consider.

Heathers the Musical ( website | discount link )

Heathers the Musical

Technically this is off-Broadway but it’s filled with bright new talent + it’s based on that 80s movie with Winona Ryder. I’ve heard so many positive things about this (including my boss who took his granddaughter — they had a blast). My boss dubbed this perfect for a girl’s night out. I loved that recommendation!

The Cripple of Inishmaan ( website | discount )

The Crippe of Inishmaan

If you haven’t seen Daniel Radcliffe live on stage, this is your chance. He’s an amazing actor + you can tell he loves making his home on Broadway. The Cripple of Inishmaan is a play is about a crippled man who dreams of being in a Hollywood film.

Violet ( website | discount )

Violet the Musical

Sutton Foster is a gem. She’s amazing in every piece of work she does and if you are in New York and she’s starring in a show, you have to get yourself to that theatre. It has a very “YA-ish” tagline: “It’s about the journeys you take to discover who you are” about a disfigured woman who travels by bus to a man she believes that can heal her.

Update as of 5/14: Saw this last night & it was probably one of the best musicals I’ve seen in a long time. No intermission, wonderful voices, and a really great story about a woman accepting who she is and realizing what she deserves in life. GO SEE IT.

Runners up:

  • If / Then: Idina Menzel fan? Frozen fan? Like original musicals? This might be the one for you. Probably a little harder to secure a ticket but Anthony Rapp is in it too so if you are a Renthead — a mini reunion could be a bonus for you too.
  • Les Miserables: If you didn’t catch it the last time it was on Broadway, here’s your chance. A new revival starring one of my favorite Broadway leading guys (Will Swenson). Definitely worth checking out if you have the chance. This story gets me every time.

(Update 5/14: There is a discount for If/Then for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday performances through July 10 are $97. Visit Ticketmaster.com, call 877-250-2929, visit the box office. The promo code is PLAY2.)

My best tip for securing tickets are definitely buying them BEFORE you arrive + looking for discounts. (Broadwaybox.com is your friend.) If that’s not your style and you want to try your luck, here’s a list of current lotto arrangements for shows playing now. Of course, there is always the TKTS line. But who wants to stand in a long line when there is so much of NYC to see? Not me. Especially when so many of the prices aren’t better than what is already online. Up to you, of course!

And now for one of my other favorite things… beer!

When I travel places, it’s important for me to drink locally. First, you are supporting smaller businesses. Second, it’s the best way to break bread in a new town and try something you haven’t had before. I’m a craft beer drinker and since I wrote my brews post last year, I have been lucky enough to find a few other gems that I frequent quite often. (If you find yourself with enough free time to hang out in Queens, let me know and I can give you some suggestions!)

Local breweries I like: Brooklyn, Singlecut, Greenport, Great South Bay, and Sixpoint.

My motto: In NYC, you are going to be spending a pretty penny on a beer. It might as well be a good one.

Draught 55 (55th + 3rd)

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Absolutely amazing rotating line of beer, happy hour after work and on Saturday evenings, delicious pretzels and the most amazing chipotle nachos ever. (Really nice staff too.)

New York Beer Company (44th between 8th + 9th)

new york beer company

The food selection is perfect for comfort food; there are daily drink specials; the beer menu is stocked with local picks including some creative beer flights. And bonus — it’s a great spot in midtown. (I don’t find myself saying that a lot.)

Brickyard Gastropub (9th Avenue between 52nd + 53rd)

brickyard gastropub

James and I stumbled into this one during the winter, and we’ve gone back twice … once for drinks and another time to take my parents out to dinner. First of all, totally surprised by how reasonable the food prices were and second the beer selection (and all their drinks for that matter) is fantastic. Another thing I concern myself with is clientele and there were a lot of locals in here and none of them were pretentious. Nice crowd = a nice place to eat and drink.

There you have it! My most recent picks for Broadway + beers in NYC.:)

Stay tuned throughout the rest of the week for more BEA Part of It posts around the blogging community!

And certainly, do not be shy! Questions, comments, thoughts… I’d love to hear from you + help you out!

 

May 14, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Alexa S. - You and I should watch a Broadway show together at some point, I think. But, even more importantly, I still think you need to educate me about beer! I do drink beer more than mixed drinks, but I’m definitely a newbie at drinking locally.

May 11, 2014 - 9:01 am

BEA Part of It 2014: The Crew + a Roundup, Estelle - […] touristy | bookstores ) elena: sweet stops pt 2.  (2013: sweet stops part 1) estelle: broadway + beer (2013: broadway | spirits/caffeine ) gaby: parks + rec jamie: bea bucket list (2013: food trucks + […]

May 10, 2014 - 8:30 am

tabithasbookblog - This makes me even more excited for BEA!!

May 8, 2014 - 9:13 am

AnimeJune - You left out THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER for great Broadway shows! ;)

May 8, 2014 - 12:02 am

BEA Part Of It Year 2: A Glimpse At My NYC Bucket List - […] list that I need to do! Before you check out MY post, check out this year’s posts in which Estelle talks Broadway & brews, Gaby talks parks, Rachel talks how to get around the city, and Alexa talks places to get coffee […]

May 7, 2014 - 10:59 am

Megan (Best of Fates) - I love Will Swenson and didn’t know he was in the new Les Mis, should find a way to NYC to check that out!

May 6, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - I so want to see Heathers the musical and visit Draught 55. Next time I’m in NY for sure! Thanks for the insider tips :)

May 5, 2014 - 9:03 pm

Amy - Yes, I agree that Daniel Radcliffe is amazing live on stage…I saw him in NYC when he was doing Equus. And I’d love to see If/Then…I love Idina Menzel so, so much.

May 5, 2014 - 12:25 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - The shows! I’m definitely going to If/Then, I don’t care what it costs! Also, I may check out Violet.

I’m not into beer, but I like good pubs, so I’ll see you guys at some of these. I’m staying in DUMBO, so I’m sure I’ll be able to find something there…

May 5, 2014 - 9:51 am

Andi - The New York Beer Company is only an 11 minute walk from the hotel I’m staying at. This excites me muchly!

May 4, 2014 - 10:04 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - Ohh beer! I think the NY Beer Company is closest to where we’re staying (we’re staying close to the Javits). Definitely want to check it out! I also want to catch a broadway show while I”m there!

May 4, 2014 - 11:34 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - OH LOOK BEER I WANT SOME.
Also, I’ve really wanted to see Of Mice and Men because I LOVE LOVE LOVE Steinbeck. But I haven’t let myself look it up at all so I may be completely wrong about it even being in NYC. But yes, that is what I would pick if I could go to a show. Probably. Maybe.

May 4, 2014 - 9:13 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - HMMMMMM Draught 55 is a five minute walk from our hotel!!! I think I may need to visit it. We didn’t get to do any nice NY brews last year and it’s something I really want to be able to do this year! Beer date??

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Why in 5: Unraveled by Jen Frederick

Unraveled by Jen FitzpatrickUnraveled by Jen Frederick ( web | tweet)
Part of Woodlands series; read out of order.
Publication Date: January 18, 2014
Publisher: Pear Tree LLC
Pages: 280
Target audience: New Adult
Keywords: military, life decisions, young widow, risks
Format read: ARC provided by PR. (Thanks!)

Summary: Gray is on leave from the Marines as he decides whether to enlist or do something else with his life. One night hanging out with friends, he meet Sam — despite not wanting to get in a relationship in his short time at home — he cannot help himself. After a quick misunderstanding, the two start spending a lot of time together. Sam’s going through a lot herself — still reeling from the death of her army husband that occurred two years ago. Can she finally move forward? Does she want to get mixed up with another guy who could face so many of the same dangers as her husband? Does Gray even want to go back?

It’s Friday so I’m going to keep this one short and sweet for ya. Five reasons you should pick up Unraveled by Jen Frederick:

1. Gray is a Marine. Okay, so what? So what is Julian in Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins, Travis in Something Like Normal by Trish Doller and even Aiden The Summer Spring I Found You by Jolene Perry. All of these books have something in common: hot hot, strong men with vulnerabilities. In Gray’s case, he’s reeling from a betrayal in a relationship and he’s not sure he wants his life to continue on the Marine route even though he loves the guys he works with and feels an obligation to them. He also feels an obligation to his family, making his decision even harder. Frederick definitely weighed ever option for Gray and I appreciated that.

2. Sam was a young bride. I haven’t read ONE book from this angle and while young marriages make me feel kind of antsy (that’s a personal thing), I loved that Sam married her childhood sweetheart. Even if she had to go through the devastating process of moving on when he is killed two months after they are married. In Unraveled’s timeline, it’s been two years since Sam’s husband has died and she is still going out for meals with his very sad mother and she still has all his stuff around their apartment. She’s realizing she needs to move forward in some way but it’s really difficult because she doesn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings or feel like she is forgetting Will. Seeing the “army wife” side of things was a unique perspective in my New Adult reading experience, and I appreciated all the time and care Frederick put into it (especially when Sam starts to feel for Gray).

3. Holy &!#@ sexy. First, let me say. In a bar. Against a wall. I was like whoa whoa whoa. And THEN and THEN, moments got so steamy I was basically concealing my Nook from anyone near me on the subway because I was sort of sweating and nervous and blushing and it was INTENSE. Gray and Sam have unbelievable chemistry and she hasn’t been with anyone since her husband. So every encounter was electrifying. (Warning: if you do not like dirty talk in your books, this one might not be for you. Normally it’s not my thing BUT it worked here.)

4. They talk to each other. It’s no surprise that sex is the focus in so many New Adult books but Unraveled balanced the challenges Gray and Sam were facing so well. I had a clear handle on who both of them were and even though they were having oh-my-gosh amazing sex, they confided in each other (even if it took time), they had fun, and they went on adventures together. These two were friends and rocks for each other during a huge transitional time in their lives, and neither of them expected it. (Best part? Yes!)

5. Supporting characters. Gray’s other Marine friends could totally be bros but I appreciated how honest they were able to be with Gray when he wanted to make some asinine decisions. They were also in devoted relationships with their girls, and that was very cute to see. As for Sam, I loved her little sister and her mom. They both wanted Sam to be happy in her life, and were sensitive and honest with her as she worked through her grief.

Final thoughts: Super entertaining story with down-to-earth writing and characters. I adored Sam, loved her knitting hobby, and was really rooting for her. (I also couldn’t imagine being in her situation.) And Gray — Gray surprised me. I had no idea what he would decide about the Marines and I really liked how he cared about Sam and had her best interest at heart. Frederick created two characters that remain individuals even as they fall in love. So important to me as a reader.

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May 4, 2014 - 1:21 pm

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - This sound f’ing amazing!!!!! I’m buying this immediately. No joke.

May 3, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Alexa S. - Well, Unraveled definitely sounds like it could be fun to read! I love it when there’s great chemistry between the two characters involved in the main romance – and steamy chemistry at that ;)

May 2, 2014 - 9:42 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - I don’t know what it is about Marines but they have always been my weakness. I’ve wanted to read this series before but somehow never got to it. This definitely sounds like something I’d like!! I’m assuming these can be read out of order but I think I have the first one so may start off with that!

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Magan: Tease by Amanda Maciel

books about bullying Tease by Amanda Maciel

Tease by Amanda Maciel (twitter)
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 336
Target Audience: Young Adult
Keywords: bullying, suicide, lawsuits, book told from bully’s perspective
Format Read: ARC received from the publisher.

Summary: Sara is being tried for the death of former classmate, Emma, whom she and her friends Brielle, Tyler, and Dylan bullied. The story is told from Sara’s perspective as her trial nears and she reflects back on the past leading up to Emma’s death and present day.

Hello again, friends! I’m back with another vlog review, and –wow!– what a book Tease was. I’ve seen a bit of differing opinions about this one because author Amanda Maciel takes you (uncomfortably) inside the bully’s mind. As a reader, you’re going to want to wring Sara’s neck in hopes that she could see that she’s done wrong and made some major mistakes. Does that happen? You’ll just have to find out for yourself. But do know that you’ll feel frustrated with Sara. She thinks her actions are justified; she felt threatened by Emma and had a hard time standing up to her best friend, Brielle, when she suggested something particularly nasty to do/say to Emma because Sara felt like her friendship with Brielle was slipping away.

Simply stated: Tease is complicated. It’s a difficult read, but it’s very relative and important. Read it.

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May 3, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Alexa S. - Wow. Tease definitely sounds like it would be a hard book to read, but also a GOOD one. There’s something interesting about seeing things through the eyes of the “bully” and not the “bullied”.

May 1, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Jamie - I AM SO INTRIGUED BY THIS ONE!! Definitely going to make sure it doesn’t just sit on my Kindle as an egalley! Love seeing a different POV plus I LOOOOVE books with narrators that make me a bit uncomfortable!

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