High school seniors Amelia and Anthony are in love. Even though they’re both only children and they attend prestigious Ravenswood Academy, they come from two different worlds. Amelia’s family is wealthy, her every whim is fulfilled, and she’s always gone to Ravenswood. Anthony is being raised by a single mother and only started attending Ravenswood when his mother got a job there a few years ago.
Since Amelia’s father has her whole life mapped out for her, she keeps her relationship with Anthony a secret from her parents. Anthony’s mother knows about it, though, and she approves. When Amelia forgets her laptop one day, her dad goes snooping and discovers some nude photos of Anthony. He immediately calls the police and Anthony is arrested and could be labeled a sex offender.
At first, Amelia’s father is thrilled at the way things are progressing, but as things start to disintegrate, even he begins to question his judgement. Will one little mistake ruin the lives of two bright and talented young people?
Exposure, by Therese Fowler, is a very powerful book that was inspired by true life events. It’s a story that could be snatched from the headlines and one that many teens will relate to. Anthony and Amelia may go to an exclusive private school, but deep down inside, they’re typical teens – they’re passionate and feel that no one has loved like them before. They have hopes and dreams for the future. Their parents are also pretty typical – they want their kids to succeed and have an easy life. Amelia’s dad may seem overbearing, but he’s made mistakes in the past that he’s hoping she’ll avoid.
This book touches on lots of issues, so it would make a fantastic book club pick. It’s also a book that should be read, and discussed, by teens and their parents. Even though the issues in this book are sexual in nature, there’s nothing graphic or gratuitous in it.
The book is well written and moves along at a rapid pace, but I found the ending to be a little bit contrived. Overall, though, I really enjoyed Exposure. It’s a thought provoking read!