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Product Details

  • Series: Twisted Lit (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Merit Press (January 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440552614
  • ASIN: B00F6I20ZO
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,959,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Death, betrayal, ruthless plots to seize the 'crown'--all the seeds of stage tragedy take root and flourish in this clever modern-day homage to Macbeth. High school is rife with just enough passion and treachery to set a suitable stage for some Shakespearean-level drama." --Kirkus Reviews

"Fun-filled escapades into Shakespeare's The Tempest and Macbeth...they're an absolute riot! You don't have to be a Shakespeare fan (I'm not) or even have read these plays (I haven't) to fall in love with these books. I can't wait for the next Twisted Lit adventure. It's the best new young adult series of the year!" --Jack and Jill Magazine

"Askew and Helmes' adaptation adds a certain zest to the original play. Through well-paced writing, complicated romance, and a relatable protagonist, the reader has the ability to view a literary classic in a new and enjoyable way. I would recommend Exposure to readers that are interested in modern adaptations of Shakespearean plays in the young adult age group." --Blogcritics

"Exposure clicked with me right away. There's a lot to like in this novel...the events fell into place not by design, but as a series of choices, actions, and reactions that led naturally from each other. Equal parts teen drama and classic adaptation, I could definitely see this actually being a movie on par with 10 Things I Hate About You." --Drown My Books

"In the second book of the Twisted Lit series, Kim Askew and Amy Helmes brings an interesting adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Overall Exposure is a great read. It says so much about ambition, guilt, betrayal, and love in an enjoyable well-paced story that'll definitely leave you satisfied." --SAB Book Reviews

"After reading the witty and enchanting Tempestuous ... I was beyond excited to read Exposure. Exposure turned out to be a great follow-up novel ... fun characters, a little romance, and a tad bit of mystery. Exposure is another fast paced and fun read, perfect for fans of Meg Cabot." --Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf blog

"A fun YA twist on Shakespeare in the same modern vein as the movie 10 Things I Hate About You." --Excellent Library blog

"Shakespeare is hot again. Merit Press... is basing two of its first five debut releases on Shakespeare retellings. Tempestuous [is] a humorous reimagining of The Tempest. The Twisted Lit novels hope to... make Shakespeare more appealing to today's teens. Expect to see Shakespeare throughout all forms of media in 2013 as a new generation of media consumer rediscovers the timeless literary treasures of William Shakespeare." - Forbes.com

"This is a cute, quick read. It still stands--and works well--as a story all its own. I think it would be really neat to read this book when I was in high school, shortly after reading Macbeth for the first time." - Book Nerds Across America

About the Author

Kim Askew, whose work has appeared in Elle and other magazines, is a content manager for the Webby-winning teen site www.FashionClub.com, covering the Teen Choice and MTV awards

Amy Helmes, coauthor of Boys of a Feather: A Field Guide to American Males, also is a weekly contributor to "The Rundown," a daily e-mail service that keeps subscribers informed on what's new and cool in LA.

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Customer Reviews

The characters are well developed and the story keeps you very interested even surprising you at times.
Amy Willingham
Exposure was a fun, quick read and I was really excited to read it after reading the first book in the Twisted Lit series.
Nancy Figueroa
I just feel like she is very naive, and she doesn't change very much throughout the course of the book.
Stacey B.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Flashlight Reader on January 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge fan of retellings, especially Shakespeare (or other classics). I just love how a good retelling can make an otherwise intimidating book more accessible to younger readers. However, Exposure just didn't work for me.

As far as things that I like, I was highly impressed with the vocabulary used throughout this book. I am thankful I read this on my Kindle because I had to use the dictionary feature several times. (I really hate admitting that too.) I get giddy when my brain is challenged. What can I say? Total word nerd.

But you aren't reading this to hear me gush about SAT quality vocab words. You want to know what I didn't like about this Macbeth retelling. Well, I can say it was just about everything. (dun dun dun)

This was loosely based on Macbeth-- and when I say loosely, think about a 5 year-old's ability to keep a secret. Loose lips baby. About the only thing that was easily recognized as being from the original tale were the "three witches." It was easy to pick up on their role from the beginning. Ok, I guess Craig's role was easy to figure out too. BUT... how those prophesies panned out-- mmm, not so much.

I guess I was expecting more similarities to the original. Because it didn't deliver in that department, I was disappointed. But to be fair to the book, if a reader was not familiar with Macbeth, then they would probably really enjoy Exposure. It was a nice story that I probably would have enjoyed more if I didn't know it was supposed to be a retelling of Shakespeare play.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Books4Tomorrow on January 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
After I finished reading Tempestuous by the same authors, I just couldn't wait to read Exposure. I was immensely impressed by the writing style of these two ladies with their first Twisted Lit novel, so naturally I had high expectations of Exposure, and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest. Admittedly, I haven't read Shakespeare's Macbeth, so I can't draw any comparisons to his novel, but on its own, Exposure is - in my opinion - a literary masterpiece. There were so many things I loved about this book I hardly know where to begin.

What instantly drew me into the story was Skye's character. I liked that she wasn't the stereotypical, rich-kid beauty queen with a bevy of followers who ruled the school with an iron fist. Her introverted, behind-the-scenes nature made it easy for me to connect with her, and her daily struggles will strike a chord with many readers. Surprisingly, even though I didn't like her at all, I also felt sympathy for Skye's nemesis, Beth. I appreciated that the authors took the time to develop her character not as a cold-hearted antagonist, but as one with weaknesses and teenage angst, and one who is also a victim of circumstance. Overall I found all the main and supporting characters to be three-dimensional and written with depth in such a skilful manner which allows readers to effortlessly establish that connection on an emotional level, and thus draw them deeper into the story.

Although the blurb may be interpreted as this being a murder mystery, there really is so much more to this multilayered novel than what I originally thought it would be. Skye and Craig go through such transformation in the space of a year, that by the end of the book they aren't the same characters as the ones we meet at the beginning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SAlaska VINE VOICE on April 17, 2013
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"Macbeth" is my favorite Shakespeare play due to its plot complexity and unique characters I love to hate. So, I was alternately excited to read this book, Exposure, and also suspicious of whether or not it would do a good job retelling the tale.

Upon reading "Exposure," I wasn't delighted, but I wasn't disgusted either. Retelling probably isn't the right word for this story's connection to "Macbeth." There are some of the same names and similar situations used, but "Exposure" is pretty loosely inspired by the ancient tale of the thanes.

Shakespeare was no moral purist himself, so I wasn't surprised to find use of obscenity in this book, though I was disappointed. There's no way I'd use this in the classroom. And that's too bad, because as we get further and further away from Shakespeare's time, his English becomes harder to appreciate. This book would have been a great training wheels-introduction to the story (though it certainly isn't the story as Shakespeare penned it).

Bottom line: this isn't a modern and younger version of "Macbeth." It's an acceptable story though. As a literature teacher, I'm okay with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dii TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Making Shakespeare less intimidating to readers is a great idea! This modern day take on MacBeth is no exception. There is tragedy, remorse, guilt, romance, and lessons learned.

The story opens with Skye, a new college student from Alaska, telling her story to her new room mates in an effort to quash the rumor mill about her. She tells a painful story in her own way.

The high school jock, Craig, (MacBeth) has been Skye's secret crush since she first met him. He has a girlfriend though, Beth, a cheerleader, of course! One night, at a party, Skye overhears a tense and cryptic conversation between Craig and Beth. The next day, Craig's best friend is found dead. He was last seen alive at this same party. Skye realizes there is a connection between what she heard and Duncan's death. Automatically she decides to protect Craig at all costs, because he sounds like he may be responsible.

The story revolves around Craig devolving with guilt, Skye's loyalty to him, her guilt over not coming forward and where this leads them.

There is a dark and mysterious feel to the story that matches the setting and the intense plot! The authors' take on Shakespeare was well done, loosely speaking!

This copy was provided by NetGalley and Merit Press in exchange for an honest review!
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