Spring 2011 Kids' Next List
“This poignant free-verse novel, told from the point of view of teenage photographer Liz, is powerful stuff. Marcus deftly uses clear language to create a story of tangled emotions. The concepts of friendship, family, justice, and trust are all called into question when Liza's best friend, Kate, suddenly starts acting distant. This shocking, well-crafted book shakes up perceptions, explores creativity, and invites the reader to think about shades of gray. Teen book clubs, here's your next pick!”
— Tegan Tigani, Queen Anne Books, Seattle, WA
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 is Photogirl—sharp, focused and confident in what she sees through her camera lens. Confident that she and Kate will be best friends forever.
But everything changes in one blurry night. Suddenly, Kate is avoiding her, and people are looking the other way when she passes in the halls. As the aftershocks from a startling accusation rip through Liz's world, everything she thought she knew about photography, family, friendship and herself shifts out of focus. What happens when the picture you see no longer makes sense? What do you do when you may lose everything you love most? 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.
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.