- 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: #1,784,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Exposed is a quick, and I think important, read about rape. However, even being so close to my own situation, I felt very distant from the story. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Angie
The simplicity of the narration took me by surprise. Concise and very well developed without lengthy narration made this an enjoyable read. Read morePublished 13 months ago by R. Newbury
I checked out this book electronically from my local library, two or less hours later, I was done reading it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Magenta Periwinkle
This book was so raw and real. It broke my heart. It was so interesting to hear this side of a rape story. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mariam Martin
I'm always looking out for more novels in verse to read. Ever since I read my first, I can't get enough. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Robert Zimmermann
Happens in everyday life. Unfortunate and unfair true Innocence was punished. To lose your best friend, brother, and boyfriend because of someone's else's actions. Helpless.Published on March 24, 2014 by Shana Hochstetler
This was so quietly bittersweet... Left with a soft bang but such a profund impact.... I really enjoyed it. Read morePublished on February 15, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I had never read a book written in free verse style. It's not really my thing. I prefer my poetry to be poetry and my novels to be novels. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by Britt R.