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Exposure (Paul Faustino #3)

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  279 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Otello is South America's star soccer player, and he's just signed a deal to play for a team in the southern part of his country, a region with a history of racism toward black northerners like Otello. Desmerelda is a white pop star and the daughter of a right-wing politician. Their marriage propels them to center stage, where they burn under the media spotlight. But celeb ...more
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Published September 1st 2010 by Walker & Company (first published October 13th 2009)
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Oct 12, 2009 Christianne rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
There are great things about this book. The writing is solid. The peek inside of the building up and tearing down of a celebrity is interesting. Peet's treatment of kids who live on the street is thoughtful and compelling. This story is based on Shakepeare's Othello, and in general I do like books that are new takes on classics.

However, there is a big problem. The Iago character, named Diego, is deeply flawed. I just didn't understand why he was trying to ruin Otello, the main character. Diego i
Dec 14, 2015 Bridget rated it really liked it
Loved this book. This is one of Mel Peet's great books, I love the clever way he weaves political comment into his story. This is the story of Otello, the hottest footballer - he is living the dream, the most beautiful girl, the fabulous penthouse, the dream life. But there is a price to pay. It is also the story of the street kids of South America, their terrible lives and how quickly their world can come unstuck. Really everyone's life can come unstuck in this world. Corruption and shifty char ...more
Anthony Eaton
Jun 07, 2009 Anthony Eaton rated it it was amazing
This most recent of Peet's Paul Faustino novels (according to Peet, his character's surname is taken from a very servicable bottle of cheap Spanish white wine, by the way) is a treatment of 'Othello' which, I'll be perfectly honest, I picked up with mixed feelings.

I'm kind of over the whole 'sexing up Shakespeare for the kids' thing. Baz Lurhman did it beautifully, and others since have attempted to re-invent the bard in film and literature, few with any real degree of success to my mind. One no
Jan 11, 2016 Armando rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book. The book contains characters that use marijuana, tobacco, alcohol, and have sex. There is an ongoing of murdering girls as well as raping young girls. The theme I found in this book teaches young teens the plight of children born into poverty. The book shows teens how racism can effect one person. Throughout the book the main character Paul Faustino a football world-weary reporter from an unnamed South America country who investigates the murder of a homeless teenager. Fausti ...more
Sep 07, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: youngadult
This is Mal Peet back at the top of his game with the latest in the Paul Faustino series. I thought The Penalty was fairly dull compared with the elegance and simplicity of Keeper so it was good to see him produce a winner again.
Another South American football story - this time an updated version of Shakespeare's Othello. Even if kids are unfamiliar with the story of Othello, they will likely enjoy this tale. Reluctant male readers will particularly enjoy this as well.
Luis Chavez
Feb 10, 2014 Luis Chavez rated it it was amazing
Exposure is a good book; I would recommend it to people that like to read books about life. Exposure is also a book for people who really like reading because it’s a pretty long book. I liked it because this book talks about the life of a soccer player but it doesn’t only talk about his career it also talks about his life. I did not like how the book keeps switching from character to character though it was kind of confusing to me. The characters really reflect how complicated the life of a comm ...more
Narrated by Christopher Lane. Otello and Desmerelda are the toast of the media. Otello is a famous South American soccer star and Desmerelda is a pop princess and daughter of a powerful conservative politician. He is black and she white, adding to the controversy and star power of their pairing. Behind the scenes of their glamorous romance however, Otello's agent Diego schemes to undermine his own client. Lane expertly unspools this story with a variety of nuances. He coos as Desmerelda, becomes ...more
May 29, 2015 Alonso rated it liked it
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Jan 11, 2015 Marita rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this new outing with sportswriter Paul Faustino, although it is so different to Keeper (I'm yet to read Penalty). As one of the characters says, football is politics in certain parts of South America, and racism comes into the mix as well as when black player from the north - the national captain no less - finds the transition to his new team difficult. Lots more complications as well, and a wonderful Othello trope which mixes it up a bit. The overlapping plots of three street k ...more
Jul 08, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It seems strange that I read two soccer stories in a short span of time and liked both of them. Also this tied in with watching many of the Women's World soccer series that was hosted by Canada this year. Yeah, team USA that won. Great game!
Back to the book - soccer becomes a game where a shot at fame is always just a kick away. The main character in this book, Otello is South America's best player and when he becomes married to a white pop star, we not only see racism rear its ugly head, but th
Jul 07, 2010 Terri rated it liked it
I am not an historical fiction fan generally, but when I read Mal Peet's "Tamar" I was almost converted. So when his latest book, "Exposure," came out I thought I would give it a try. I was especially pleased that the book was not historical fiction. It is one of the rare books that I nearly abandoned. However, I ended up feeling that sticking with it was worthwhile. I stayed up late into the night reading the last hundred pages or so.

The concept of "Exposure" is interesting - a contemporary rem
Audra Deemer
Aug 07, 2010 Audra Deemer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a modern spin on the tragedy of Shakespeare’s Othello and set in South America. Otello is a black soccer star recently traded to the country’s racist south. He falls in love and marries quickly Desmerelda, the country’s striking white pop star (and daughter of a powerful and conservative politician). The glare of the paparazzi‘s cameras can be blinding and enemies can appear to be one’s confidantes and friends.

The story is divided into five acts. Knowledge of Shakespeare’s Othello is no
Courtney Johnston
May 07, 2010 Courtney Johnston rated it really liked it
I blogged this yesterday, when I was half-way through 'Exposure'


I read a lot of YA, but I tend to read classics, or stuff that falls into the fantasy sci/fi category. I think I do this because YA set in this everyday world is often shallow, or modeled on the same dreary stuff that adult fiction is - so what's the point?

But I'm trying to self-medicate, and I'm starting with Mal Peet's Exposure. You might argue it's fantasy, but I don't care.

Jan 03, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting reworking of Othello, with the action taking place in some unnamed South American country with serious race issues. OthelloOtello is a black footballsoccer star, traded to an almost all-white southern team. At a party to meet the Very Important People in his new city, he's introduced to DesdemonaDesmerelda (or Dezi), a Shakira-clone. IagoDiego, his manager, sets the tragedy in motion; the other players (Michael Cass, Hector Brabanto, Paul Faustino) all do their best to keep the plot ...more
Candy Wood
Transposing Othello to present-day Latin America makes for some interesting changes. Otello is a football star, bought by a southern team where his reception is racist but they need his skill--Desmerelda is a pop music star, daughter of a wealthy businessman who backs the Rialto team--Diego Mendosa is Otello's agent, working to destroy his client with even less motivation than Iago has to destroy Shakespeare's Othello. What makes it a YA novel is the presence of Bush, a street kid, and his siste ...more
Christian Reyes
Feb 10, 2014 Christian Reyes is currently reading it
Im reading a book entitled Exposure by Mal Peet which is a work of sports. Otello is a south american soccer player.I wonder how did he become a soccer player? Otello isnt rich infact he comes from a poor environment and he cleans cars for money. Something that this book makes me think about is how he became a professional soccer player.
Willem Elings
Jun 01, 2015 Willem Elings rated it really liked it
Exposure is a great book compared to Penalty, I would recommend it to people that like to read books about life. I liked it because this book talks about the life of a soccer player but it doesn’t only talk about his career it also talks about his life.
Oct 23, 2014 Claire rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully well-written story of celebrity, love and compassion, Exposure is based in part on Othello. I find Mal Peet's characters completely fascinating and enticing and his written style is effortless and captivating.
M Hunt
May 13, 2013 M Hunt rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
In Exposure, Mal Peet re-imagined Shakespeare's "Othello" set in the world of professional soccer. The Iago equivalent - an uber sports-manager - complains that heroes used to 'invent countries, give names to things' but now a hero is nothing more than a celebrity. 'It reduces all of us. It reduces me.' And so, he decides to take down his gifted client Otello, Otello's pop singing wife, Desdemona, the media that elevated them as a superstar couple and the society which gives celebrities all its ...more
As far as I can tell, a masterful retelling of Shakespeare's Othello, and an exploration of how media attention and fame can wreak havoc in one's life.
Sep 29, 2015 Julia rated it it was amazing
I loved this take on Shakespeare's Othello, it was on the edge of your seat stuff, well written and I learnt a little about soccer - not something I have an interest in.
Jul 30, 2011 Jen rated it liked it
Last in the Paul Faustino novels about soccer, and set in an un-named South American country. This one is loosely based on Shakespeare's Othello. It concerns Otello, a black star just signed to a new team and Desmerelda, a pup star and the daughter of the main patron of the team. They fall in love and marry, in spite of the opposition of Dezi's father. They become the power couple of their country, like Posh and Becks. Mixed in with this, is the story of 3 street kids, whose lives cross with Fau ...more
Jul 10, 2014 Sophie rated it really liked it
Brilliant - though the problem with a modern retelling of Othello is the unshakable feeling of dread from when you pick up the book...
Nov 23, 2009 Ryan rated it really liked it
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Catherine  Mustread
Jan 28, 2010 Catherine Mustread rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Catherine by: Guardian Childrens Prize 2009
Written as a teen book, but quite worthy of an adult audience. Journalist Paul Faustino appears in Mal Peet's third book, this time without the voo-doo spiritual aspects of The Penalty and Keeper. Each book stands alone, however, and Exposure, a retelling and reworked Othello, continues Peet's previous themes of responsible journalism, race, class and celebrity.
Michael Earp
Aug 03, 2014 Michael Earp rated it really liked it
Who knew I could like a book about soccer? :)
Sep 24, 2010 Claire rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
The atmosphere is great. In fact, it was almost too well-created for me: reading the book was like watching a horror movie where you know what's going to happen and you can only wait in dread for it to unfold, gripping the book and thinking, "no! no! don't do it!" But the end felt like a let-down after all that build-up. You retell a Shakespearean tragedy and nobody dies except for a character who didn't even exist in the original? Come on...
Jun 14, 2010 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: drama
If you liked reading "othello" then you have to read this book.

It iis a modern version of Othello.

In this book, Othello is a famous soccor player and Desdemona is pop singer. Of course they fall in love and get married.

However, everything goes downhill from there. Diego (Othello's agent) does everything he can to bring down Othello, due to jealousy and greediness.
Olivia Knight
Nov 14, 2012 Olivia Knight rated it it was amazing
Exposure is a very clever and well-put together novel centered around one of Shakespeare's most recognized tragedies in his time. The novel centers around different characters a time, including Paul Faustino. Some themes of the novel include racism, frenemies, and especially forbidden love, all wrapped up between the famous couple of Otello and Desmerelda.
Aug 05, 2011 Trisha added it
This retelling of 'Othello' has much to recommend it. The author recreates the jealousy, the greed and the racial issue with much dignity and realism. But he goes that one step further. Ulitmately what we have here with 'Exposure' is a portrayal of modern, contemporary life that is both stark and sharp. What a book!
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Mal Peet grew up in North Norfolk, and studied English and American Studies at the University of Warwick. Later he moved to southwest England and worked at a variety of jobs before turning full-time to writing and illustrating in the early 1990s. With his wife, Elspeth Graham, he had written and illustrated many educational picture books for young children, and his cartoons have appeared in a numb ...more
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