You know how great it is when you get a book you can’t stop reading and you stay up until 1:30 am (on a weeknight) to finish it? That, my friends, is Exposure by Therese Fowler. This, simply put, is one hell of a great book! I will also say (in a faint whisper for fear other of my author friends read this post) that Exposure is my favorite book of the year so far. I was already a fan of Fowler’s work as I read and loved Souvenir last year. Exposure is even better!
The premise of the book is perfect for 2011. Two teenagers in a consentual relationship choose to text each other inappropriate pictures. The girl’s conservative, successful father unfortunately finds out and legal action ensues. This book is very timely in our age of digital cameras, flip videos, Skype, etc. I dare say that everyone who has a child who even knows how to use a cell phone should read this novel ASAP! The conundrum of our time- if teenagers are legally allowed to have sex, can they also be sex offenders because they email and text each other?
This book is such an absolute page-turner that I really don’t want to say much more about the plot so that I don’t spoil your fabulous upcoming reading experience. Suffice it to say, the boy, the girl and their parents all get in BIG trouble.
Despite the teenagers’ actions, they are lovable and believable. Fowler’s character development is tremendous. For example, in describing how great Amelia and Anthony, the protagonists, are:
“Perhaps Amelia had, as her father was fond of saying, emerged from the womb coated in stardust. And maybe it was also true what Anthony’s mother claimed: that her son had been first prize in the cosmic lottery, and she’d won.”
In describing Anthony’s absent father, “His joie de vivre was a pleasure, yes, and an asset, especially when they socialized; everyone loved him. However, that joie also let him to charm his way out of doing housework, led him to spend most of their extra money in coffee shops and trendy bars where he and his friends congregated most nights.”
Exposure is really a 21st century Romeo and Juliet. This book will be the delight of book clubs as it has a gripping plot and can so easily lead to moral and ethical questions. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I see this book becoming a movie shortly.
I loved this book so much that I immediately invited Therese Fowler and Exposure to be the July pick for the SITS book club. Please join us on Twitter on July 14th from 8-9 pm CST, Hashtag #SITSbooks. This will be a great discussion!
Run to buy this book- you can buy it on Amazon here.
Random House provided a review copy of this book for this post. All opinions are my own.
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