Exposed, by Kimberly Marcus

Summary: High school senior Liz, a gifted photographer, can no longer see things clearly after her best friend accuses Liz’s older brother of a terrible crime.

Random House

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  1. I read this book in 24 hours. Sure, part of that is the fact that it’s written in verse and therefore goes by pretty fast, but hey.

    And speaking of it being in verse…that was a brilliant device for Ms. Marcus to use. Liz is a photographer, trying to fit huge concepts into single images. She enjoys giving people nicknames in a similar fashion (self-absorbed Brenda being “The Brenda Show,” for instance). And the writing shows that– instead of messing around with full sentences and paragraphs and proper dialogue, the poetry cuts straight to the heart of things. It was described as “searingly raw verse,” and I think that’s fitting. Each page is a snapshot that says so much, even if only in a few lines, or better yet just the title of the poem.

    Whoever had the book before me didn’t read it because it was in verse. I wouldn’t have enjoyed it nearly as much if it hadn’t been. It’s a short book, but it’s also a book definitely worth reading. It made me think, it made me almost-cry, and I’ve added a quote from it to my email signature.

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