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Exposure (Twisted Lit) Hardcover – January 18, 2013
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"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 an entertaining read.... Readers don't need to be familiar with the play in order to enjoy this, but students who have read it will appreciate the many Shakespearean references throughout." --School Library Journal
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.
Top Customer Reviews
While not as good as Tempestuous (Twisted Lit) was, Exposure was another great retelling of an old classic. Macbeth is probably one of Shakespeare's more difficult stories to try to modernize. While subtle, the homages to Macbeth were cleverly woven into each page. If you go looking for a flashy retelling, then you might be disappointed. Exposure was written in such a way to make a Shakespeare buff smile without alienating someone who has never read Macbeth. I believe that it was done well enough to make it easier to understand if you can match these new characters to their old counterparts.
The characters weren't as nice as I wanted them to be. Skye felt unlikable to me. For her to be "stunning" and not know it, and for her to be so tall and people to just overlook her, it didn't feel realistic. If you are "stunning" and tall and have model potential with a little bit of makeup, then how do people not notice you? Skye actually asks this same question in the book at their Prom. Everyone kept telling her how she was so beautiful and how they didn't recognize her, but what, she was ugly the day before?Read more ›
With its unusual and starkly beautiful setting of Alaska, Exposure has a wonderful sense of place. It's senior year for high school honor student Skye Kingston, a photographer who prefers dark rooms to digital photography. Photography has helped hone her skills of observation and insight, but before senior year she had a history of hiding behind her camera a little too much. Now she is starting to speak out, especially to Craig, the boy who became her best friend and secret crush when he moved to town the summer before their sophomore year. Once school started, Craig became part of the popular crowd and started dating the intensely controlling Beth, so the friendship Skye shared with Craig went largely underground. Now as a senior Skye is starting to call him on that hypocrisy, and she's coming out of her shell enough to become closer to three artistic and independent minded girls whose bond is based partly on their Eskimo heritage. The varied and interesting characters are one of both book's many joys--I hope there'll be a third Twisted Lit variation.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a really enjoyable young adult book. It starts with Skye overhearing her new college roommates talking about her. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Marla Hanover
A great story about high school life and the ups and downs young people go thru. You don't have to be in the popular group to be a special person.Published 19 months ago by Rick Gillispie
How I love these books. I feel like for the past two days I've been living on a Twisted Lit cloud. When I finished Tempesteous I started Exposure right away. Read morePublished on August 16, 2014 by Stephanie Verhaegen (Bookfever)
Exposure is a wonderful companion piece to the teaching of Shakespear's Macbeth. It illustrates to the young reader the time tested quality of the thematic twists and turns of the... Read morePublished on April 7, 2014 by Marc Kamm
Choose the rating because I enjoyed the book, it was a light read just when I needed it - long flightPublished on January 30, 2014 by J. Jaeke
I never read Macbeth and I’m kind of glad, because I didn't make mental comparisons between the two stories while I was reading and was just free to enjoy it. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by SouthGenie
This book is a really fun read! Love the characters (including the witches) and the references to Shakespeare's MacBeth! I highly recommend this book!Published on November 6, 2013 by DianneA
First off, I just want to say that although this is the second book in the series, this book can be read as a standalone since it involves a whole new cast of characters, plot, and... Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by Heather C.
Source: Received an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
After loving Tempestuous, I was eager to check out the next book in the Twisted Lit series. Read more