Thursday, July 7, 2011

Book in Review: Exposed by Kimberly Marcus

Cover & Publisher

 Published by: Random House

Why I Read This

This book counts towards the YA Debut Author Challenge.

In the dim light of the darkroom, I'm alone, but not for long.
As white turns to gray, Kate is with me.
The background of the dance studio blurred, so the focus is all on her
legs extended in a perfect soaring split.
The straight line to my squiggle,
my forever-best friend.

Sixteen-year-old Liz Grayson is photogirl—sharp, focused and ready to take the world by storm with her camera. But Liz's entire life is called into question when her brother is accused of a crime—and the accuser is Liz's own best friend. As the aftershocks from that accusation rip through Liz's world, everything she thought she knew about photography, family, friendship and herself, shifts out of focus. And for the first time in her life, Liz finds herself unable to trust her own point of view. Told in stunning, searingly raw free verse,  Exposed is Kimberly Marcus's gut-wrenching, riveting debut and will appeal to fans of Ellen Hopkins, Laurie Halse Anderson and Virginia Euwer Wolff.


I've been trying out a lot of novels-in-verse lately, and this one is brand new on the market, so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm so glad I did because so many things about this book worked for me. 
First of all, the story is really deep. Liz is a girl caught in the middle of a very big moment in both her best friend's life and her brother's. Kate has acused Mike of something that's definitely going to trial but the whole "he said/she said" thing is making it hard to figure out who is telling the truth. It's very complicated because Liz feels that family should come first, but then so do best friends. And even knowing the truth wont stop her relationships from drastically changing. I really respect Kimberly Marcus for this story. It's one that must happen very often in real life but not too many stories like this focus on. And it's heart breaking because it shows how people can be touched by conflict in life changing ways even when they aren't the ones in the lime light.
It was a nice touch making Liz a photographer. This worked really well for the imagery of the story. There is this part of the story where Liz takes a self-portrait of herself, it turns out wrong, and her teacher has the class analyze was it says about her. This metaphor is just so perfect! Everybody gets a chance to show the world who they are and when it turns out wrong, it can be so hard to take it back and explain why that picture they have of you is wrong.
Overall, this was a great book. The story is fresh but it keeps an important theme, the metaphor of the photography is stunning, and the verse is definitely on the better side of what I have seen out there. I only give this 4/5 instead of 5/5 because I was kind of daring this book to be something different than it was (I was hoping the story would take a different turn than it) and I was a little dissapointed when it didn't.

My Rating


I read a library copy.


  1. I cannot tell you how badly I've been wanting to read this book! I love books in verse and this one sounds seriously amazing!! LOVED your review! It makes me want to get a copy of the book even more!! :D

  2. I was so excited to see this one at the library. I really fell in love with novels-in-verse this year. Ashley, I'm glad my review made you want to read it even more :)