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Review: Exposure

May 20, 2011

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!

Review copy provided by Amazon Vine.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
40 Comments leave one →
  1. May 20, 2011 6:50 am

    Sexting is a huge problem, even in our humble little Catholic school. Cell phones in the hands of kids of a certain age just asks for trouble. They don’t know how to handle it, and it becomes a tool of passive/aggressive behavior that results in expulsion (in our world). It is scary, and not enjoyable to raise a kid in this environment! I’m glad books like this are being written to bring the issues to light.

  2. May 20, 2011 7:11 am

    Sounds like a good one to rec to my sis who has a daughter finishing up her junior year in hs.

  3. Michele@aReadersRespite permalink
    May 20, 2011 7:56 am

    You had me at “based on true events”…..sounds like I’d love this!

  4. May 20, 2011 8:00 am

    I read a little bit about this book the other day on Dar’s site, and think it sounds like an important book that teens need to read. There have been issues like this at our house, and I would also love to read it and get a different perspective on the whole thing. Very nice review, Kathy! I will be picking this one up for sure.

  5. May 20, 2011 8:35 am

    This is the most important line of your entire review:
    ” It’s also a book that should be read, and discussed, by teens and their parents. ”

    My boys are still little, 8 and 6, yet my 3rd grader has already been exposed to what happens when an iPhone/iTouch/Smartphone falls into the hands of an adolescent (oh it got passed around the bus one morning…and the pictures were not G-rated).

    It’s hard being a parent in the 21st century, but I would most definitely use a book like this to start a very important, if sometimes uncomfortable, discussion.

    Thank you for the review!

  6. May 20, 2011 9:12 am

    This is on my Wishlist, every review has been great and captured my attention. Funny how many books can be great then the ending is “…”

  7. May 20, 2011 9:43 am

    This book reminds me a little of Testimony by Anita Shreve. I agree that books like these are important and must be discussed. Thanks for the review!

  8. May 20, 2011 9:52 am

    This does sound like an important book. I worry that it will be one of those frustrating reads though – where you know what should happen but it’s not happening fast enough or worse yet it never happens…if that makes any sense.

  9. May 20, 2011 9:57 am

    Yes, Trisha, it DOES make sense. I don’t know if I really want to tackle this book.

  10. May 20, 2011 10:04 am

    The New York Times says sexting is rampant now. It’s crazy – I can’t imagine having done that when I was in school!

  11. May 20, 2011 10:08 am

    I’m planning on reading this book soon. I’m glad you recommended it for teens and parents and discussion. I know that not all parents to that with their kids, but anything that gets the communication going is a good thing. I will admit that I’m glad I’m done with the teen years and that type of parenting. LOL

  12. May 20, 2011 10:37 am

    I really enjoyed this book. Fowler’s books seem to draw me in all the time. It’s so hard to fathom how teens get into this sexting business. It isn’t anything I would have even thought of when I was a teen but then cell phones didn’t exist either. I agree on the ending but I still loved it!

  13. May 20, 2011 10:45 am

    It sounds like this book would make for a good discussion! I am definitely going to download a sample for my kindle.

  14. May 20, 2011 10:47 am

    I’m so glad you recommend this for book clubs – my book club is reading it later this year… whew!

  15. May 20, 2011 10:51 am

    The whole texting/sexting thing is scary stuff…. teens don’t see to have filters anymore…. what they text, what they post on Facebook… its like what we put in diaries growing up, they post live…. everyone’s lives are out in the open.

    LOL – I may have got off topic here….

  16. May 20, 2011 11:16 am

    Sounds like an interesting read, thanks! for the review.

  17. May 20, 2011 11:27 am

    Wow, this sounds fantastic. It’s amazing what kids need to worry about at this point. FB wars and sexting. Jeez — my biggest problem was acne. I really enjoyed this review Kathy. Thanks.

  18. May 20, 2011 12:13 pm

    I bet this one would make a great discussion book. I can’t wait to read it!

  19. May 20, 2011 12:17 pm

    I agree that it sounds like a perfect club pick!

  20. May 20, 2011 1:25 pm

    This sounds like a very timely book.

  21. May 20, 2011 2:39 pm

    I’m always looking for great new books to suggest to my bookclub and this one sounds like the perfect suggestion! Thanks for a great review!

  22. May 20, 2011 2:55 pm

    This sounds like a thought-provoking book that would make a good read for a book club!

  23. May 20, 2011 3:06 pm

    I have this and have been a little afraid to read it but I will.

  24. May 20, 2011 3:24 pm

    I think I’ll skip this one since it sounds a little to run of the mill for me. I’d probably find this too predictable. Thanks for the review.

  25. May 20, 2011 4:43 pm

    I think I would just get so angry at the dad. That poor boyfriend!

  26. May 20, 2011 4:57 pm

    Sounds very thought provoking and good. Definitely adding it to my wish list.

  27. May 20, 2011 5:34 pm

    Sounds like a great premise but I am sad to hear that the ending was a disappointment. A lot rides on the ending for me.

  28. May 20, 2011 6:37 pm

    Good review and very good recommendation. I like it when there are books that both teens and parents can come together on.

  29. May 20, 2011 7:02 pm

    This certainly sounds like a great read! And something with issues that are certainly important and will probably span across cultures.

  30. May 20, 2011 9:01 pm

    Okay, that’s it! I have to add this one to my next week’s list! It’s sitting on my Kindle…and I’m saying, why wait any longer? Thanks for the review.

  31. May 20, 2011 9:09 pm

    This is one that I really want to read. Dar reviewed it earlier this week and you both liked it…that’s enough for me.

  32. May 20, 2011 11:11 pm

    I’ve requested this one from the library.

  33. stacybuckeye permalink
    May 21, 2011 12:37 am

    I think it’s sad how easy it is for one mistake as a teen to ruin your life. Back in the day (I sound 80) not every move was broadcasted through media and mistakes could be relatively harmless learning experiences.

  34. May 21, 2011 2:22 am

    This is another one that I’d like to read. I’m going to look for a Kindle edition. Thanks for the review, Kathy!

  35. May 21, 2011 5:56 pm

    I think this sounds like an important read. I worry so much about all this technology being used in ways it really wasn’t intended to be used. I will have to read this and discuss it with my kids.

  36. Angie S. permalink
    May 21, 2011 11:39 pm

    My 16 year old son and I have had long discussions about sexting and how a picture that you think is being sent between only two people suddenly winds up all over the school. Once that happens it can’t be taken back and your life is forever changed. Scary! And it’s not only teens. One of my supervisors at work was fired last week for sexting on the clock! This sounds like a good book (and yes, a little like Testimony) that I will have to request from my library. Thanks!

  37. May 22, 2011 10:54 am

    It’s scary that this is a real life issue that parents and teens face. I think it’s great that Theresa Fowler wrote a book that focuses on this problem and also is sharing that she experienced a simioar crisis with her son. Bringing issues like this to light is a good step towards resolving them. I’m glad you enjoyed the book aside from the ending. I’m interested to read the ending now, of course !

  38. May 22, 2011 8:32 pm

    You got me interested … and then I got even more interested when you said it was inspired by real life events.

  39. May 23, 2011 9:20 am

    This does sound very relevant and thought provoking. Thanks for the review!

  40. May 23, 2011 11:23 am

    Noting this one down. Bravo loved this review 🙂

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