Where: Random House
When: Feburary 22nd
How: Random Buzzers
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 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 of view.
Exposed by Kimberly Marcus is a story of Liz who's life gets turned upside down by an awful chain of event starting with her best friend suddenly acting like she doesn't exist, and told in completely prose.
Now, i've never read a book with prose (I know you're all gasping, clutching your Ellen Hopkins books, I am shameful.) and I was worried I wouldn't be able to fully connect with the story due to it's short length (and also that i'd be like poetry, all not making sense, and I hate poetry) but i'm happy to say this won't be my last prose book! Kimberly has a way of writing that is beautiful and packs a punch while still managing to be a quick read.
Liz was someone who was going through a hard time in life, and the rediscovery of herself was really something I loved reading about. She went through all these phases of fear and anger, and wanting her mold back to a new version of herself through her photography and also just threw her family made me rooting for her the entire way! One thing that did upset me was that no one really...stuck by her in her time of need, all her friends (and even her boyfriend, which totally surprised me) just kind of started drifting away when things got too complicated to be around her.
I also liked how in the end, you never really find out who was telling the truth, but it gets resolved anyway because in the real world, that's how things work! Sometimes you don't always get the truth or justice, but it has to keep on turning, and Kimberly does a great job at showing that. And in the end, you know that while everything doesn't return to the way it was, it was honest to itself. A perfect ending definitely wouldn't have belonged.
Overall, a great read, especially if you like prose and "edgy" subjects.