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3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,509 Ratings  ·  371 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
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Jun 11, 2011 Lora rated it it was ok
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
Jun 19, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 08, 2012 Nicole rated it liked it
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)
May 10, 2011 Wanda (Good Choice Reading) rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, reviewed

"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)
Jan 03, 2012 Amanda (Born Bookish) rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 10, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade: B

Teen photographer Liz sees life from her camera's lens and the view is picturesque, a best friend Kate, boyfriend, likely acceptance to her dream college, a great family. Until an argument at a sleepover with her BFF. Now Kate is claiming Liz's brother Mike raped her that night and Liz doesn't know what to believe.

EXPOSED is a short, first person lyrical account of Liz's reactions. I enjoyed Kimberly Marcus's crisp writing style. Liz was caught in a no win situation and she was easy to
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 it was amazing
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
Feb 24, 2016 Destiny rated it liked it
Personal Response:
I thought this book was pretty good. It wasn't a favorite of mine, and it took me longer than it should have to read. I thought this was because I wasn't necessarily glued to it. I had predicted a rumor would spread about the main character, but it was about her brother instead. The rumor affected her life as if it were about her, though. I was conflicted about the rumor, whether it was true or not. At times I thought it was made up, but at other times I believed it. At the en
Feb 22, 2011 Shelly rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 02, 2011 Emily Benoit rated it it was amazing
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
Sarah (YA Love)
I’m a huge fan of novels written in verse and Kimberly Marcus’s debut novel Exposed did not disappoint. Marcus makes her writing look effortless; it reads and flows with ease. One of the best aspects of stories written in verse is that the author has to be so picky about word choice. There isn’t as much room to explain and develop the story as there is in prose, so it forces the author to put even more thought into the words she uses to convey her meaning and tell her story. (At least I’m assumi ...more
May 05, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: it-s-not-poetry
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
Mar 01, 2013 Samantha rated it did not like it
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
Jul 27, 2011 Brie rated it it was amazing
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
Isabelle Hernandez
Oct 28, 2015 Isabelle Hernandez rated it liked it
This book is about girl and her best friend, her best friend Kate is an amazing dancer and Liz herself takes photos for a hobby. They called themselves forever-best until one night they were hanging out and something horrendous happens to Kate. They go from being best friends to never talking again.
I think this is a very good book and a fast read but the only bad thing about the book is the way its written. Exposed is written like a poem and there could be one page that only has one sentence so
Ann Marie
Aug 09, 2011 Ann Marie rated it really liked it
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
Oct 09, 2014 Annalese rated it liked it
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.
internat librarian
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
Rebecca McNutt
Exposed is a really great story about what happens when the picture you thought was clear about your life goes out of focus. I'm not sure about the poetry in this novel, at times it seemed out of place, but it was still a good book.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
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Oct 02, 2015 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 19, 2014 Neil May rated it liked it
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
Apr 10, 2014 Sunshine Ybarra rated it really liked it
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
Mar 04, 2014 Austin Ardanowski rated it liked it
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
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.
Jun 01, 2014 Karen rated it it was ok
Shelves: high-school, verse, 2014
"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
Nov 01, 2014 Jennifer Lynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
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
Mar 16, 2015 15millermtrico.K12.In.Us rated it really liked it
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
3McCarthy H
Dec 11, 2015 3McCarthy H rated it really liked it
Exposed by Kimberly Marcus is a mysterious, exciting book with interesting plot twists throughout the book. One of the best parts of this book is the relationship between Kate and Liz. When Liz says, “I didn’t mean to hurt her” you can sense her genuine tone and that she really cares for Kate (22). Liz and Kates relationship is interesting and spontaneous throughout the book. Another great part of the book is the way the sentences are structured. The sentences are short and brief such as, “Relie ...more
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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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