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Exposed Hardcover – February 22, 2011

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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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375866930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375866937
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,895,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Liz's best friend Kate is acting strange after an argument during a slumber party, avoiding Liz with a barrier of silence and distance. When Liz persists in finding out what the real problem is, she gets the shock of her life.

Kate accuses Liz's brother Mike of rape. Even though she's been Liz's best friend for many years, the sight of Liz reminds her of that dreadful night, when after the argument Kate was raped by Mike while Liz was upstairs. Life becomes imbalanced: how can Liz support her brother, family, and best friend's point of views? And who is she supposed to believe? The guilt also runs deep, because she left her best friend alone for her brother to prey on.

This is a fast-paced free verse novel that hammered me with emotion. Liz and her dilemmas lingered with me after I finished the book.
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This book is written in verse. I'm very critical of books written in verse. They really have to have a great story in order for me to like them. Thankfully, this book won me over.

This is a very powerful book. The main character, Liz, is best friends with Kate. After a fight between them one night, things seem to get really bad, and Liz isn't sure why. Once she finds out why, her whole world is torn apart. Can everything work out in the end? Is there any way that everything even can work out, or will someone be hurt regardless? Will anyone's life not be changed?

I think that free verse works when there is a powerful story because the filler that you often get in other stories isn't there. The main character is developed through wonderful words, and you learn just enough about all of the other characters to see what they are like and form your own opinions of them. The story has some suspense, but being such a short read, you find out what happens quick enough. This helps keep the reader's attention. There is no need to hear every little detail about a party that really wasn't important to the main theme, but yet the party was important enough to be included. Just enough of every event is mentioned to show progression and show how things end up. Basically, when written well, free verse works. In this story, it worked well.
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Exposed's premise intrigued me from the start. My first thought after reading it was actually, oh maybe it'll be like Speak! And then I noticed it would be in verse and I thought - hey cool, kind of like Ellen Hopkins. I really wanted to like Exposed more but it just came up short of my expectations I had for it.

My big thing with Exposed was that I had trouble connecting with the story and characters. I am not huge on poetry, and I refused to pick up any books in verse until last semester I had to read Impulse by Ellen Hopkins for my YA Lit class at school. Exposed just didn't make me feel anything for the characters - and with the situation at hand, I thought it'd be an emotional fiesta.

Now that's not to say the writing wasn't good - I absolutely loved the writing of the verse. There were so many beautiful phrasings that when I read them I just smiled.

I also had a bit of an issue with the relationships in the book. None of them felt authentic. I found Liz and Kate's friendship really odd. The one relationship that seemed to work in the book was Liz and Brian. I found them adorable in the few appearances Brian made.

I really like the cover - It's quite eerie and it's a cover that really makes me think for a second when I look at it. Exposed is a fast read - I read it in about an hour and a half. I just didn't feel much of anything and I just breezed by the pages. For me it's a book that I'd suggest waiting to get from the library or borrowing from a friend.
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Grade: B

Teen photographer Liz sees life from her camera's lens and the view is picturesque, a best friend Kate, boyfriend, likely acceptance to her dream college, a great family. Until an argument at a sleepover with her BFF. Now Kate is claiming Liz's brother Mike raped her that night and Liz doesn't know what to believe.

EXPOSED is a short, first person lyrical account of Liz's reactions. I enjoyed Kimberly Marcus's crisp writing style. Liz was caught in a no win situation and she was easy to embrace as a secondary victim to her brother's alleged actions. I understood her first instinct to doubt what happened, not because Mike was a good guy, but because I wouldn't want to believe my brother could rape my friend while I was sleeping. I had a harder time empathizing with her continued silence.

Because EXPOSED is written in verse, 274 pages barely told the story. I didn't feel like I knew any of the secondary characters, though most were sympathetic. Even Liz wasn't fully fleshed out. While the lyrical format worked to emphasize emotion, I found myself wanting more and wondering how the story would read in prose. I look forward to reading more of Marcus's novels.

THEMES: friendship, family, siblings, rape, sexual assault, drinking

EXPOSED left me wanting more.
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EXPOSED is a powerful YA novel told in verse that will leave you temporarily stunned, contemplating the circumstances from each characters' perspective. This novel will leave you with as many questions as it does answers, first and foremost when there are no witnesses and two perspectives, was it rape or was it sex, especially if your brother and best friend are involved? EXPOSED is multi-dementional from the perspective that this novel focuses on photography but also personal exposure. Kimberly does a fabulous job exposing the emotions of the MC Lizzie, her brother Brian, and their parents as well as the BFF Kate (victim). Sometimes it's like ripping off a Band-Aid, other times the character is exposed slowly. Either way, it's highly effective. Whether you are a fan of novels written in verse or not EXPOSED is an important, not-to-miss read!
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