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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  2,819 ratings  ·  408 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 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 08, 2012 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
Apr 12, 2011 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
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, own

"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 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
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,
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Exposed was enjoyable. It wasn't the greatest book I've ever read, but it has its high points. Marcus' free verse was beautiful, and several times throughout the book, I noticed the utilization of slant rhymes, which made me happy!! Not just free verse for the hell of it.

Due to the free verse, though, Exposed is very quick to read through. I read it in perhaps a total of an hour. I'm glad I didn't purchase it simply for that reason (and for the fact that I'll probably not reread it). It does cov
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
A story told via poetry, Liz’s brother Mike is accused by her best friend of rape. Fell a it short for me. A quick read, but I felt like it missed the emotional punch it was trying to make. It was sad, but I felt a bit like it was apologetic on some level (albeit realistic).
The book i read is called “Exposed” by Kimberly Marcus. It is about two best friends that got in a fight at a sleep over. They started ignoring each other and distancing themselves. Then one friend found out her and her brother did stuff that night. It caused rumors and chaos. Then it started effecting the family. They went to court and found him innocent and they tried to be friends again but it never happened. The two themes of the story are friendship and honesty. I like the book, i got glued ...more
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
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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
Mar 30, 2012 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 o
Feb 15, 2011 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
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
Jun 28, 2011 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
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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
Shannon Fay
I'm not really sure how to rate this book. On the one hand, it discusses something incredibly important, and it's a novel that is necessary, and sadly, continually relevant, no matter how many years go by. On the other hand, it just didn't move me that much.

Perhaps it's because I'm spoiled when it comes to "issue books" (I call them issue books, because the central plot revolves around a legitimate hardcore issue, like rape, eating disorders, abuse, etc...). I have had the pleasure of reading b
Emily Benoit
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
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
Feb 06, 2013 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
Ann Marie
Jul 07, 2011 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
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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
Aug 05, 2015 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)
Oct 09, 2014 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.
Sep 25, 2010 added it
Great book! If you're a fan of verse novels, you'll want to pick this one up! ...more
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First time I've read a novel in verse. Very moving premise of the story and that it was in verse enhanced the read. ...more
Alethea A
Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing

gripping, intense, and brilliantly written book on a painful topic.
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, ebooks
I will say that going into this book, I had an entirely wrong idea of what this book was actually about - it had been a while since I added this to the three-year graveyard that was my ebook library - however, I was still extremely interested in the topic once I began reading. My biggest issue with this book is that it was an extremely short book for the subject matter covered, made even shorter by the fact that it was in verse. I felt like the introduction to the characters was very flat and th ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
(Thank you Netgalley for an early reader copy in exchange for an unbiased review)
In Exposed, Lisa Scottoline's latest book, it's Mary DiNunzio's turn to shine. Mary's dear friend Simon is fired from his job as a salesman, and it seems he's fired because his terminally ill daughter is costing the company too much money for her insurance and care. Simon comes to Mary (he's family, after all!) because he wants to sue to get his job back, or to at least get a settlement that would cover his daughter
Teagan Smith
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the book Exposed by KImberly Marcus, Liz is able to accept the circumstances she has gone through and become a better person from it. At their monthly sleepover Liz and her best friend Kate get in a fight. To prove a point Liz storms off and sleeps in her own bed, leaving Kate downstairs alone. When Liz wakes up in the morning Kate is no longer there. As the week proceeds Liz feels like Kate is ignoring her even though she has apologized. She has no idea what has happened between them until r ...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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