Sunday, April 03, 2011
Exposure by Therese Fowler
Fowler, Therese. Exposure. Ballantine. May 2011. c.384p. ISBN 9780345515537. $25. F
Fowler (Souvenir) enters Jodi Picoult territory with a revealing novel about the dangers of “sexting” (explicit text messaging). Anthony Winter and Amelia Wilkes have their future planned. They will finish their senior year at Ravenswood Academy in Raleigh, NC, move to New York City, study drama at NYU, and pursue careers in theater. Neither counted on Amelia’s wealthy father, Harlan, finding pictures of them naked on her computer and calling the police. An overzealous district attorney soon arrests Anthony, Amelia, and even Anthony’s mother on felony charges. Facing the possibility of separation and imprisonment, Anthony and Amelia flee together, a desperate act that could end in tragedy. VERDICT Drawing on an actual event in Fowler’s own family, her latest novel will appeal to readers of contemporary issues novels and soap opera fans, despite an awkward opening. It is young adult readers, though, who will embrace this story of teen love and desperation. [Library marketing.]—Lesa Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ
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