“Exposed” by Kimberly Marcus
Random House, 2011
Liz is 16 years old, and loves taking photographs of unusual subjects, and developing her own film in the school’s darkroom. Seeing her thoughts and ideas develop before her eyes in an actual photograph is part of the creative process she loves so much.
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. Later, all becomes clear when Kate accuses Mike, Liz’s brother, of raping her.
Liz’s world is turned upside down as she faces the accusations, and the accused, wondering who to believe – her best friend who has shared everything with her, or the older brother she’s adored her whole life? Her parents walk around like zombies, she’s avoided at school or stared at as if she were the accused, and Kate refuses to acknowledge her presence. Photography doesn’t seem as important anymore as Liz worries over whom to believe and struggles with guilt over arguing with Kate the night of the rape.
Through the use of free verse, Marcus creates a fast moving blend of Liz’s thoughts in a scenario that will leave readers wondering what is fact and what is fiction.
Reviewed by Alma Ramos-McDermott; Library Teacher; Pollard Middle School, Needham, Massachusetts.
March 1, 2011