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Exposure (Paul Faustino #3)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  300 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Winner of the 2009 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize

Carnegie Medalist Mal Peet takes a searing look at the world of soccer and pop-celebrity culture — and the lives of three street kids caught in its glare.

When a black South American soccer star signs on to a team in the country's racist south, headlines blare. And when he falls for the sensual Desmerelda, a stunning whit
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Candlewick Press (first published October 13th 2009)
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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
Jane Branson
Apr 22, 2017 Jane Branson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great read, and I've realised I need to put all Mal Peet's novels on my to-read list. It's a loose retelling of Othello, updated with the hero recast as an iconic footballer (Otello's number is Beckham's 23) and his wife the pop-star daughter of a South American politician with her own cult-celeb status. Like Shakespeare, Peet explores some absorbing and philosophical themes - obsession, love, fame, family, jealousy- but he's also developing his sports journalist character Paul Faustin ...more
Anthony Eaton
Apr 29, 2009 Anthony Eaton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 13, 2015 Bridget rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 18, 2015 Armando rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 25, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Quails Magpies
I was tempted to stop reading this story multiple times but I managed to finish it. I found the story difficult to stomach because the marriage between Otello and Desmerelda was cursed from the very beginning. I could not relate to any of the characters. None of them gave off "flesh and blood" vibes. They were all Fate's puppets.
Courtney Johnston
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.

Jun 28, 2010 Terri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Evan Neuser
Oct 07, 2016 Evan Neuser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When an African American soccer star marries a White pop star, racial tensions spark in the fictional country of Exposure. Exposure is the third book in Mal Peet’s series to feature his journalist Paul Faustino. Faustino dives deeper into the lives of Otello and Desmerelda, the two stars in the book. Otello is signed to the soccer club Rialto by the owner who everybody else disagrees with. Desmerelda is a pop star singer in the same country who is the daughter of the politician Nestor Brabanta. ...more
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The author of this book is Mal Peet. There are 450 pages included in the book. The genre is fictional sports. How many characters are included in this book? In this book there are various characters. Otello is one of the main characters. He is a soccer player that went from the club Espirito Santo and then transferred on record to the club rival, Rialto, there he received various racist comments against him for being black. Esmeralda is a pop singer and then becomes the Wife of Otelo,
May 31, 2009 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
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
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
Luis Chavez
Feb 10, 2014 Luis Chavez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
M Hunt
May 12, 2013 M Hunt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 29, 2015 Alonso rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jan 09, 2015 Marita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 11, 2009 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Catherine  Mustread
Oct 16, 2009 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.
Sep 06, 2010 Claire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
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!
Dec 16, 2016 Kitten rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
So this is Othello as a famous South American soccer player. I would probably have enjoyed Exposure more if I had more than a passing acquaintance with the source material; it felt like there were a few inside jokes that flew right over. It is interesting to see what Mal Peet does with the original, the writing is solid and the characters are satisfyingly human.
Jun 14, 2010 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 23, 2012 Debra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
Think Othello in a Brazil-like soccer (futbol) obsessed country....

Not as high a quality as Peet's earlier Paul Guardino books, but still a good read completely independent of the earlier series books.

This man can write. Forget that they are called teen books. Just try one to see if it floats your boat.
Christian Reyes
Feb 10, 2014 Christian Reyes is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Olivia Knight
Nov 14, 2012 Olivia Knight rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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