Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 288 pages

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (February 22, 2011)

Language: English


ISBN-10: 0375866930

ISBN-13: 978-0375866937


ISBN-10: 0375865918

ISBN-13: 978-0375865916

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Product Description:

  1. In the dim light of the darkroom,

  2. I'm alone, but not for long.

  3. As white turns to gray, Kate is with me.

  4. The background of the dance studio blurred

  5. so the focus is all on her -

  6. the straight line to my squiggle,

  7. my forever-best friend.

Sixteen-year-old Liz is Photogirl - sharp, focused, and confident about 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 unforgettable debut. 


I am the firefighter

putting out tiny rumors

before they have time to grow and spread.

But whenever Kate sees me

she proceeds to the nearest exit

like I’m the fire.

Awards and Honors:

  1. ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults

  2. ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Teen Readers

  3. Amazon 2011 Top Ten Book of the Year for Teens

  4. Top Ten Pick, Spring 2011 Kids’ Indie Next List

  5. Top Ten Pick, New England Children’s Booksellers Spring 2011

  6. Bank Street College’s 2012 Best Books for Children

  7. Winner of the 2012 Boston Authors Club’s Julia Howe Book Award

  8. 2012 International Reading Association Young Adults’ Choices List

  9. Gold Star Award for Excellence from

  10. 2012 Tayshas Reading List (Texas Library Association)

  11. 2011 ABC New Voices Extended List (American Booksellers Association)

  12. Winner of the Ruth Landers Glass Scholarship (NESCBWI, 2006)


From Publisher’s Weekly:

  1. “Provocative first novel.”

From Booklist:

  1. “Marcus handles the plot with utmost naturalism.”

From Kirkus:

  1. “Accessibly poetic free verse. Realistically distressing. Well-honed.”

From Horn Book Magazine:

  1. "Slowly and skillfully, in one prose poem after another, Marcus lets the tension build.... and avoids a quick-fix ending - opting for a conclusion that's painful and genuine."

From VOYA:

  1. "This candid debut novel of best friends, heartache, trauma, ... and innocence is a riveting page-turner. The verse is written with lyric simplicity and this book will appeal to fans of Ellen Hopkins and Laurie Halse Anderson."

From School Library Journal: 

  1. "In Liz, Marcus has created a sympathetic lead. A worthy addition to any collection."

Book Buzz:

“Kimberly Marcus shows us a girl discovering how boundaries—between right and wrong, truth and justice, love and anger—can blur."

Natalie Standiford, author of How to Say Goodbye in Robot

“Exposed is on the money. Not a word out of place and it tells a great grim truth.”

Chris Crutcher, award-winning author of Whale Talk

“Tight, edgy emotionally true down to the bone⎯I couldn’t put it down!”

Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of Bloodhound

“Honest, heartfelt, moving, and memorable.”

Nancy Werlin, New York Times bestselling author of Impossible

“Gripping and thoughtful, Exposed takes a penetrating look at how a single night can change you forever.”

Patricia McCormick, author of Sold, a National Book Award finalist

“Exposed took my breath away. It is as near perfect a book as a book can be.”

Mary Pearson, author of The Adoration of Jenna Fox



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