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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 2 of 5 stars
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
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 li
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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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 with
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
"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
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
First time I've read a novel in verse. Very moving premise of the story and that it was in verse enhanced the read.
Alethea A

gripping, intense, and brilliantly written book on a painful topic.
Mar 05, 2011 Lisa added it
Great book! If you're a fan of verse novels, you'll want to pick this one up!
Stories & Sweeties {Becky}
4.5 stars- This amazing debut, written in free form verse, is a poignant look at how everything a person holds dear---their family foundation, their closest friendships, their own sense of self---can be shaken to it's core by one moment. It's beautifully written. One thing I've noticed about books written in verse (this is only the second that I've read) is that with so few words, and especially for this one, since its only 288 pages, each and every word packs this amazing emotional wallop. Each ...more
Liz is the Photogirl. She is a sixteeen-year-old photographer gearing up for college and she's got it pretty good: she's got a "forever-best" freind named Kate who she's done everything with for the past ten years, she's got a goregeous athlete of a boyfriend, and she knows she has talent with a camera. Everything changes in one night. She gets into a small fight with her "forever-best" and suddenly Kate is avoiding her for apparently no reason. Liz apologizes and when that isn't enough she desp ...more
Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
4.5 stars

Exposed is a quick reading, taking me just over an hour to finish, but it’s also hard-hitting and emotional. Kimberly Marcus’ use of verse wondrously illustrates how quickly 16 year old Liz’s life falls apart. How her best friend, her brother, and her photography come crashing down around her.

The thing I love about verse novels is that they’re a fast read, but on top of that, they tend to be so well-written that the characters come to life vividly and with startling clarity. Exposed has
Richie Partington
25 November 2010 EXPOSED by Kimberly Marcus, Random House, February 2011, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-375-86693-7

"Pieces from here and there
fall in place along the line
disappearing between you and me.
The flash of a distant camera
reconnecting thoughts and actions,
fragments of our missing dreams."
-- Neil Young, "Distant Camera"

"Bringing to Light

I slip the photo paper
into the developing solution,
sway it around with black plastic tongs
and wait.

The hum of air from the overhead vent,
the swish of chemicals,
Ellz Readz
My thoughts...This is one of those stories that will leave you thinking about right and wrong.

Liz finds herself in an agonizing situation when her best friend accuses her brother of a horrible crime. As she tells the story, she experiences feelings like guilt, shame, fear, anger, and frustration. As the reader, you really experience each of these feeling with her.

The story is told in verse, which makes the book interesting in several ways. First, it is a very quick read. Once you start, it's h
Vyki (On The Shelf)
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Exposed is a very open, poetic story about two best friends, Kate, a dancer, and Liz, a photographer, who have known each other for years. They are practically inseparable until they get into a fight at one of their monthly sleepovers and Kate starts to act oddly around Liz. That night changed both of their lives forever, and their friendship.

This was the first book I ever read that was written in poems. It has a very different, artistic feel to it tha
Nov 28, 2011 Sara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a quick read where the content isnt light and fluffy.
The way this book reveals its plot is very engaging, the short stanzas peel back the layers of Liz’s friendship with Kate and how certain events out of her control affect their friendship. The intensity Marcus embeds in the short chapters is amazing; the writing is in verse creating suspense and a feeling of helplessness for the reader as Liz’s world is turned upside down. You see things happening to Liz that are out of her control yet she still has to continue and try to make her own choices an ...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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