Thursday, June 27, 2013

Book Review-EXPOSURE


EXPOSURE
By Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
2012
Merit Press
Summary taken from Goodreads:
Double, double, toil and trouble. Sometimes, the quest for high school royalty can be deadly! In this emotionally-charged twist on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a self-conscious shutterbug named Skye Kingston navigates a treacherous school year in Alaska fraught with unspoken secrets and tragic twists of fate. Along the way she encounters three strangely prophetic BFFs; one social-climbing, sociopathic cheerleader; and a heart-stopping hottie named Craig McKenzie: the man who would be Prom King. Can Skye save the boy she loves — and herself — before they get caught in the crosshairs?
My Thoughts:
A modern twist on a Shakespeare tale...I'm in!
Classic Bard-Secrets/Murder/Betrayal/Love
Is there a better setting for a fresh and twisted lit than high school?
The story is told from the POV of Skye, the shy, quiet observer, the girl in the background that sees and hears everything. She secretly pines for Craig, the most popular jock at school who dates the cheerleader, mean girl, Beth. The complicated love triangle is drawn and the story gathers speed from there. A tragic death covered up with secrets adds mystery and suspision to an already dramatic setting. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see where this story would go next.
I got a kick out of the hidden nuggets of Macbeth that writers, Askew and Helmes sprinkeled throughout the tale. Little nods to Shakepeare were fun- like coming across buried treasure. You don't have to know the play of Macbeth to enjoy the book but if you have some knowledge you'll get a kick out of the subtle clues/hints dropped throughout the tale.
I loved Exposure.
I can't wait for the next thing this writing duo turns out!

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