Exposed by Kimberly Marcus

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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. Confident that she and Kate will be best friends forever.

But everything changes in one blurry night. Suddenly, Kate is avoiding her, and people are looking the other way when she passes in the halls. As the aftershocks from a startling accusation rip through Liz's world, everything she thought she knew about photography, family, friendship and herself shifts out of focus. What happens when the picture you see no longer makes sense? What do you do when you may lose everything you love most? Told in stunning, searingly raw free verse, Exposed is Kimberly Marcus's gut-wrenching, riveting debut and will appeal to fans of Ellen Hopkins, Laurie Halse Anderson and Virginia Euwer Wolff.

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KIMBERLY MARCUS lives with her husband and two children near the beach in Massachusetts, not far from the ferry to Martha's Vineyard. She is a clinical social worker specializing in the treatment of childhood and adolescent trauma. Exposed is her first novel. You can visit her on the Web at
Published February 22, 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 274 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Liz eventually believes Kate, but she can’t offer much to Kate verbally, and Kate can’t bear to see her anyway.

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Exposed is the debut novel of Kimberly Marcus.

Feb 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Exposed

At their monthly sleepover, Liz berates Kate for her “whipped” boyfriend and for wanting to give up dance, and after the two argue, Liz storms off to sleep in her own bed, leaving Kate alone on the couch.

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And then Liz hears why at a party - last weekend, while Liz was sleeping upstairs in her room, Kate and Liz's brother Mike kissed.

Oct 20 2011 | Read Full Review of Exposed

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She and her best friend Kate have been friends for 10 years, sharing each other’s hopes and dreams, and she can’t understand why Kate refuses to talk to her after an argument they had at a sleepover.

Mar 11 2011 | Read Full Review of Exposed


I mean, don't get me wrong, the idea behind the book could have made an amazing story, given more thought and time for writing.

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