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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Senior Year.
Middle of nowhere.
What's the new girl to do?

For Piper Marks, the answer is simple. She’s determined to have her photography rock the cover of National Geographic someday, and moving to Clarkton, Iowa for her last year of high school is not going to stop her. Even if her usual subjects have changed from bright lights and skyscrapers to fields, cows…and more fi
Kindle Edition, 226 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Bloomsbury Spark
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Julie Reece
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! So good you guys!! :)
Grace Meredith
Oct 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Surprisingly charming, this contemporary will suck you in and leave you begging for more.


At only 226 pages, these characters were well developed and mature.

Piper Marks is our protagonist, and she just moved from St Louis to Kansas for a year. Realistic and surprisingly badass, her photography skills added delightful whimsy to her character. She was a bit of a prat here and there, but aren't we all?

Les, our love interest who plays football, was fucking adorable. I'm serious, I would mar
Julie Lindsey
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, ya-contemporary
Pixelated was a captivating read that stayed on my mind long after I (was forced, against my will, by actual real life and/or base needs) to set it aside.
Katherine Paschal
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, teen
Piper's life has been thrown on it's head. Her parents divorced and now she is being forced to live with her distant mother and new step-father in the middle of nowhere Iowa instead of her beloved father who is busy. If her family life weren't enough of a mess, she now has to spend her senior year of high school at a new school as the new girl, with no friends or activities to get involved in. At least Piper has her camera to hide behind.

I will admit that I was expecting a teen mystery, where Pi
C.J. Anaya
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought this teen novel did a fabulous job of shying away from some major cliches that plenty of young adult novels fall victim to. There was some teenage angst for sure, but the obstacles that prevent Piper and Les from being together right away are obstacles I've never encountered before and are central to the external and internal conflict of the story.

Piper's never had great friends, and the ones she leaves behind are no exception. It is difficult for her to meet the needs of the friendshi
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-pile
Pixelated is about a young girl named Piper who moved from St. Louis to small town Clarkton, Iowa for her senior year. Her Mom and Step Dad bought two newspapers in Clarkton and they’re making a go of it in the country. Piper couldn’t stay back with her father since he took a college Professor job in Kansas so off to Clarkton she went with her Mom. She’s bummed about this new change in her life because she thought she would be graduating with her friends that she’s had since elementary but now i ...more
May 28, 2015 rated it liked it
NetGalley. Thanks for the copy.

Pixelated, a strange and infrequently used word, is a verb according to Apparently, it means "to blur (parts of a digital image) by creating unclear, pixel-like patches, for purposes of censorship or to maintain the anonymity of the subject." Interesting word, isn't it? It fits very well with this book, I must say. Anyway, this book stars Piper Marks, who likes photography (which is probably why the title is referring to something of a digital imag
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Piper has Plans and Dreams, neither of which included moving to the middle of Nowhere, Iowa from St. Louis just in time for her senior year. But, plans often have to change as her parents’ divorce and her mother’s remarriage and relocation stepped in to take over. Initially resentful at all of the changes, this is her story of that school year.

Told in Piper’s POV, the story follows her resentful thoughts about the move, the interactions with her new schoolmates and her focus on her photography.
Stacy Sabala
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance
Book Review- Pixelated by L.S. Murphy

Piper is in Clarkton, Iowa. Her mom and her new husband bought two area newspapers. Her father is in Kansas working as a visiting professor. Piper has to live with her mom for the time being. She is not happy to be in the middle of nowhere. She left her friends and there is nothing to do here.
When her car gets a flat and, of course, her phone doesn’t get service, she hates the place even more. However her luck changes a little when Les Williams stops to help
C.L. Ogilvie
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loves football romances
Shelves: young-adult
When Piper Marks is forced to move to Clarkton, Iowa for her last year of high school, her usual photography subjects change from bright lights and skyscrapers to fields, cows…and more fields. Fortunately, her new job keeps at the local newspaper keeps Piper busy capturing tackles and end zone dances, not to mention putting her directly in the path of varsity football star Les Williams IV. Her new friends warn her off, but she can’t resist this mysterious country boy. But this small town is keep ...more
Bailey Riddle
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

For me, Pixelated is one of those books that just caught my attention from the beginning and kept me all the way until the end, to the point where I stayed up until 2 a.m. to finish it. And yes, while I found a lot of the story to be predictable, I still wanted to keep reading on to see if I was right, which doesn’t always happen in those situations.

The main character, Piper, is less than ple
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
*I will try to avoid spoilers.

Pixelated by L.S. Murphy

Piper Marks had hoped to graduate with her friends in St. Louis, Missouri. Her mother divorced her father, quit her job and decided to move them to small town Clarkton, Iowa with her new husband.

Piper was in for a shock, adjusting from a big city to small town life. She barely had internet, her cell service was poor and there was little to do.

Piper was homesick, but the one thing she loved that could go anywhere with her was her love of photo
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
PIXELATED by L.S. Murphy has all the right ingredients that make it a perfect YA read!

The main character, Piper, has moved to a new town and is starting her senior year at a new school when she runs into Les, a local hottie. There is potential for a relationship, with a catch, of course. High school isn't always that simple. There are pitfalls in every friendship, especially new ones, and the stakes are high when you feel you don't quite fit in. Despite all Piper's skill as a budding photograph
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult


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I received an ARC for an honest review. Let me tell you, I was so excited to read this book. I really liked Piper. She was young and naive, but at the same time strong and independent. She knew she was nerdy with her photography obsession, but it was a constructive attribute of hers. There were something’s I didn't see coming; especially, with her parents.

The male protagonist Les, yeah that is his nam
Flavia (OddCloud)
Apr 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Rating: 1.5/5
DNF: 54%

I simply can't go on and read this crap. Really. The writing isn't really that bad in the beginning. The preview on Amazon made me think Piper is a sarcastic, quirky and smart girl. Instead, we get a whiny, stuck-up, dense teenager. (screams)

And really. What's up with that school? I get that there's drama in high schools, even more so in American high schools (apparently), but why is everyone so quick to judge and point fingers and snarl and... just... ugh! There are no rela
T.A. Maclagan
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hoorah for sexy cowboys and sweet romances! I found Pixelated utterly charming. Piper was a no nonsense, strong female lead with just enough vulnerabilities to make her realistic. As a midwestern girl, I can say that Murphy perfectly captured both small, town Iowa and the sexy farm boys that live there! Les was the perfect cowboy. Swoon!
Kimberly Sabatini
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-ya
I loved Pixelated! It totally made me want to be a better photographer. And I adored Les and the tension between him and Piper--steamy and adorable. This was fun read that also tackled some heavy issues, making it a very well rounded book. One you don't want to miss. ...more
Brandy Wilkes
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
If a book makes you think of JJ Watt, it has to be a great book! This was a fun read! Lots of drama, romance, football and cute boys!
May 18, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked this!
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the mash-up of big-city dreams with the small-town feel, especially when there's football (and hot football players) involved! ...more
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Piper was realistic in her confusion about her parents divorce, and her romance with football star Les was well plotted.
Jen Malone
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Swoon, swoon, swoon!!! Loved Les!!
Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury for the opportunity to read and review Pixelated by L.S. Murphy! Piper lives in Clarkton, Iowa and she just moved in with her mother and stepfather while her father takes a new job in Kansas. Piper had to leave all she's familiar with and start her senior year of high school as the new kid in this very small town. Her mother works for the local paper, Clarkton Gazette, and has Piper help as a photographer, since that is her talent and career choice. Piper becom ...more
Giselle Flores
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
So I first received this book over summer break and finally was able to read it over winter break and am now finally reviewing it. The reason I said I would review this book was because I was starting my senior year I could relate with the book a lot better. There are a lot of great qualities about the book that I really enjoyed but I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped nor was it as good as I wanted it to be,

First things first: the problems I had with the book. For me it moved slowly at firs
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Pixelated was suppose to be a sweet YA romance that left me feeling lighthearted. In some ways it was, but as I began to write my review it got me thinking way too hard about what should have been a fluffy read for a sleepy afternoon. Piper is a narrative voice that most teens will appreciate, with the blend of insecurity and assurance that plagues most young adults. She has a life change that makes her question ...more
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
DNF. It's just not grabbing me. ...more
Jenny Koch
Dec 26, 2015 marked it as dnf
Shelves: g-young-adult
DNF @ pg 117

I'm tired of reading about the hot but oh so mysterious love interest. The teen angst is driving me insane.
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, had the right mix of teenage angst, sass, and growth from the mc. Read this in a couple days.
Aug 02, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
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L.S. Murphy lives in the Greater St. Louis area where she watches baseball, reads every book she can find, and weaves tales for teens and adults. When not doing all of the above, she tends to The Bean (aka her daughter), her husband and a menagerie of pets.

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