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Review: Exposed by Kimberly Marcus

May 4, 2011

Thanks to The Story Siren i’ve been trying to read as many debuts this year as i can for the Debut Author Challenge.  This time around we have Exposed by Kimberly Marcus.

i’m going to copy the jacket summary here only because part of it is something i want to mention.

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?

i have such mixed feelings about this book.  It is a verse novel which automatically wins points in my book and i think it fits nicely with the photography element because i think of my poetry as snapshots of words rather than a movie if that makes any sense.  Part of the reason i chose this book was the photography element.  i have so many friends who are either amateur or professional photographers that it feels sort of like home to hear about.  However, even though the jacket summary keeps bringing in photography references and metaphors i didn’t feel like it was consistent throughout the book.  It was there in the beginning and at the end but i felt like it got lost in the middle and it would have been nice to see.  And don’t get me wrong i understand the wholegetting lost in the middle because that is where Liz is feeling lost as well but i just felt something was lacking in the middle.

i also can’t say i was a huge fan of Liz in general.  Or many of the characters.  The ones we got to know the best were ones i felt were a little too flat for me and the ones we didn’t get to know didn’t seem real to me.

This book brings up a lot of issues s far as rape goes.  And they are important issues to think about and talk about. . . i think this book would be well used in a group setting.  For me it didn’t give the same raw emotion and special-ness that Speak did.  Maybe that’s the difference in who is telling the story, i don’t know.

i was also a little upset at the jacket summary sort of telling the whole story. . . i felt like i knew what was going to happen between Liz and Kate before opening the book but i hoped that there would be something that surprised me or really filled in the outline the summary gave.  i didn’t feel like that happened.

Don’t get me wrong. . . i enjoyed the book i just felt like it wasn’t what i was expecting and it didn’t really fulfill whatever desire i wanted it to.  i do hope Marcus comes out with more books so i can see more of her work and see how Exposed fits into the spectrum.

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