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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  2,345 ratings  ·  354 reviews
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. C
ebook, 272 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Jun 11, 2011 Lora rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of verse novels
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

Kimberly Marcus' debut, Exposed, focuses on Liz Grayson, a girl with a real talent for photography and an even more real and long-standing friendship with Kate Morgan.
Liz and Kate are the type of friends who spend copious amounts of time together - and any one can tell from the right angle that they are as close as sisters.
Until the one night that changes everything. Until a spat leads to Liz's biggest regret, Kate's life altering tragedy, and someone else equally close
My Thoughts: There are books you expect to love that disappoint. There are books you think will be okay, and they are just okay. Then there are books that you don't expect to like and they completely blow you away.

Exposed falls into that last category.

Before I even opened the book, I didn't think I was going to like it. Maybe because it's from a debut author that I haven't seen much buzz about. Maybe because it's written in free verse and I thought it would be an Ellen Hopkins knock-off. Maybe b
Okay, well, this book was alright, but nothing more.

This book is about Liz Grayson, a 16 year old girl who is obsessed with photography, and her forever-best friend, the dancer. Kate Morgan. It is about what happens to them, and Liz's life, and Liz's family, after Kate accuses Liz's brother Mike of rape. I loved the concept of this book, and I thought that it was written well.

there are several things I did not like. One was that it was a very very fast read, almost too fast. I finished
Wanda (Good Choice Reading)

"Exposed" is Kimberly's debut book and I must say she did a good job for this being her first book. In "Exposed" her writing was a bit different from any other book I've read. Each page was like a different scene. It made it so so easy to read and so easy to get into. I never once felt like putting the book down. And I sincerely felt sooo bad for her main character Liz. She takes you through Liz's dilemmas. And you can't help to wish for the best outcome for her.

Have you ever had a BFF that yo
Amanda (Born Bookish)
This is definitely on my list of top in-verse novels that I have read so far. It does contain some tough subject matter, especially for the younger audience. I don’t want to go into detail because that would spoil the twist. I really liked the authors writing style. The verses were short and sweet, just how I like them.

I felt like I was able to connect with the main character, Liz, very easily through her love for photography. I’m no photogirl but I do love taking pictures, and I’m actually taki
Kerryn (RatherBeReading)
I really really enjoyed this.

I loved the portrayal of all of Liz's different relationships in this book, those with her brother, her parents, her boyfriend and particularly that of her friendship with Kate.

I was definitely emotionally connected to the story, despite how quick of a read it is, it brought me to tears.

I found Liz extremely relatable in how conflicted she was in what and who to believe.

I have seen a couple of reviews that talk about that they don't like how this story was resolved,
Jaysa Melton
May 11, 2015 Jaysa Melton rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Jaysa by: myself
Shelves: older-but-better
My book Exposed is about a girl named Lizzy and her best friend Kate, Lizzy is a photo girl and Kate it a dancer. Lizzy and Kate always have slumber party's every weekend but at this slumber party something goes wrong.Lizzy said that Kate's boyfriend is boring and so they got in a big fight, so Lizzy goes upstairs and Kate is downstairs all by herself until Lizzy's brother Mike comes in and he is drunk...In the morning Lizzy goes downstairs to wake up Kate, but Kate wasn't there. Kate left a not ...more
I'm not a 5 star giving kind of girl. That kind of a rating is reserved for books that "knock me off my feet," so to speak. Well, this one did just that, so I didn't hesitate when I posted my completion on EXPOSED's Goodreads page.

This is the first book I've read that was written in free verse, but I'm ready to read more. More free verse and more about Liz...what happens to her? She goes through a lot in just one book, that I'd like to read more of her story. The use of free verse makes this a q
Emily Benoit
This book was really good. It was utterly heartbreaking and filled with emotion. This one is Kimberly Marcus' Debut novel, written in verse. The way she writes this, captures your attention from page one. I found that she was extremely clever with the titles of each new verse, and this book really, truly pushed me to read, read, read. I finished this one in a day.

In the book, 16-year-old Liz is obsessed with photography, and her and her best friend Kate are inseperable. But after one unexplaine
This review originally appeared on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves

FNL Character Rating: Becky Sproles, in Season 4’s heart-wrenching “I Can’t” episode.

It’s the fall of senior year.

Elizabeth Grayson is focused.

On her camera.
Her portfolio.
Her art school applications.

Her life.
Her photos.
Are clear.

She’s focused along with Kate, touchingly dubbed by Liz as,

The straight line to my squiggle,
my forever-best friend.

But everything changes after one night at their monthly sleepover, when the cloudiness of l
i felt that this book was okay, there was nothing the particularly set it apart from any other book about rape except that is was written in free verse. i felt like this book could have been so much better if it was longer and had different point of views, it could have been intense and angsty and really made you wonder if her really did it. i felt angered that mike just took it like it wasn't a big deal when it actually was there's no doubt about that. I felt that Kate was also acting like it w ...more
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 o
Ann Marie
At first I was taken back by the lower than normally required word count...I mean hey, publishing houses have rules about these things...where did this Author get the idea she could just put a paragraph on each page?...but after a few pages it started to click, just like the picture labels they made worked...the story tells of a teenagers life and how everything changes without her simple conversation between two friends forever become strange ...more
I thought this work by Kimberly Marcus was intense but a slow read. It is not particularly the type of book I would normally read. But, I do recommend it for people that are interested in drama and high school type books. I also liked how the book was set up as if each page was a different poem.
This novel in verse very quickly establishes a mood – tense, painful, uncertain. There’s a powerful dynamic of trust and family and unforgivable accusations. 16-year-old Liz is caught in the middle, and is an emphatically realistic narrator. The poetic form suits her sharp emotions, and effectively heightens the energy.

On the other hand, this is not the kind of story that benefits from poetic play on words. Marcus falls back upon a few too many obvious double-meanings, trite phrasings, and fill
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
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This is a heartbreaking story told from the perspective of a sixteen year old girl(view spoiler) about the struggles she faces after a few words are spoken by her best friend.

This novel, told in verse, shows how fragile life is, and how quickly it change in heartbeat. It also shows how sometimes its hard knowing what's true and not, especially in this case (view spoiler)
Neil May
I found the book interesting from my perspective as a 55 year-old male high school teacher and father of a [now adult] beautiful daughter and son. Ms. Marcus gave me an insight into a very real and serious topic, through the lens of Lizzie (a buddy photographer), into her teenage world. Adults, though we pride ourselves for remembering the good-ol-days (not-so well), tend to diminish or dampen the seriousness of such 'childish' prattle and drama that Lizzie is caught-up in. Given my observations ...more
Sunshine Ybarra
Good Things about Exposed
Verse novels hold so much more power than normal books do. The authors put their amazing thoughts and knowledge into simple poems that add up into a cute novel. I loved this one. It held the emotions of a girl who lost everything, but found happiness in the end.
The characters. Yeah, they were a bit cliche, but it was a simple story, so I didn't get my hopes up. I loved the main character, Liz. She tried her best to pull through the terrible things that happened withi
Austin Ardanowski
Elizabeth Grayson is a photographer. She photograph's portraits of people, that when she does, she say's can capture everything about them in that one instant. Her best friend that she can't see having a future without is the subject of many of her photograph's. Until one night there is a incident and Liz is left searching for answers, torn between her family and friends she has to choose between the two. She once thought that everything could be captured in an instant, and now knows that the wh ...more
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Robert Zimmermann
I’m always looking out for more novels in verse to read. Ever since I read my first, I can’t get enough. I found Exposed through a random Goodreads search, and I’m glad I came across it. I’ll be looking forward to reading more from the author in the future.

I thought the way the author chose to incorporated a X (real word omitted to avoid a spoiler) into the book, but not give X the main focus to be interesting. What could be the main plot line of another book was a “minor” plot point in Exposed.
"Goodbye, Photogirl. Hello, Sister of a Rapist." Did he really do it? - to her forever-best friend? Senior year, Liz goes from trying to create a photography portfolio for art school admissions to being torn between her brother and her closest friend. Told in verse, the snapshot-like vignettes are a perfect match for the main character who hopes to become a professional photographer like her idol, Annie Leibovitz. Lightning-quick, this one-sitting 2014-15 Rosie nominee set on Martha's Vineyard m ...more
Jennifer Lynn
This is not a style of writing that I would usually enjoy or even pick up to read, but the library had it on their list of best bets so I figured why not try it, especially since it being in verse meant it would be a very quick book to be able to finish. I was surprised by how much I ended up enjoying the book though. Even though it was written this way, the author was able to show lots of emotions going on through the characters, the storyline came out smoothly in fewer words than I thought wer ...more
The book is based through a young girls life, Liz Garyson. She is a teenage girl with a lot of photography talent. Her best friend Kate has been really close to the family for several years. Once a month they have a slumber party and it is a night every month. This time thing went the wrong way when they started discussing there future plans. The next few weeks become a terrifying place for Liz. The taunting and loneliness slowly breaks her down.
I would recommend this book to young adults and up
4.5/5 stars.
I thought it was really good, and interesting. I didn't really connect with Liz and I really disliked Kate.
First time I've read a novel in verse. Very moving premise of the story and that it was in verse enhanced the read.
Stories like these really drive home the notion that rape prevention begins with men. The fact that Mike viewed it as "just sex" while Kate "called rape," shows a clear disconnect within the perception of sex. The truth is that what can be rape for a women is often seen as harmless by a man. This book does a very good job on showing that disconnection and how our society's justice system is ill-equipped to handle such perceptions.

As for the writing of the book itself, I found the style, at poin
Alethea A

gripping, intense, and brilliantly written book on a painful topic.
Great book! If you're a fan of verse novels, you'll want to pick this one up!
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“Like an unprotected photograph
some friendships fade.
People grow apart, lose touch,
want different things.
Dreams, woven together,
“Because nobody needs to tell
Elizabeth Grayson,
to focus.”
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