Liz and Kate are forever-best friends preparing for the next chapter: college. There�s no doubting Liz�s major�photography�but she is frustrated with Kate�s refusal to pursue her dream of dancing. It�s partly this disagreement that leads to a fight during their monthly sleepover, after which Kate refuses to speak to Liz. Soon the secret of that night comes out: Kate was raped by Liz�s brother. At least that�s what she says�Liz�s brother�s denial sounds just as credible. Marcus, a writer without a melodramatic bone in her body, handles the plot with utmost naturalism: once spoken, the accusation splinters alliances among Liz�s friends and family, and the courtroom conclusion is wonderfully devoid of theatrics. The novel is written in free-verse poetry (My mother has pinned / all her hopes on me. / And I can�t pull out / the pins), though it�s unclear why, other than that the book would struggle to reach novel length using standard paragraphs. The upside is that it reads in a single sitting and whets the appetite for whatever Marcus does next. Grades 7-10. --Daniel Kraus
About the Author
KIMBERLY MARCUS lives with her husband and two children near the beach in Massachusetts, not far from the ferry to Martha's Vineyard. She is a clinical social worker specializing in the treatment of childhood and adolescent trauma. Exposed
is her first novel. You can visit her on the Web at KimberlyMarcus.com.