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Exposure

Today we review a high-interest novel, set squarely in the world of today’s teens. In fact, Exposure was inspired by the author’s own experience. Therese Fowler’s teen son was arrested for sexting. Fowler states firmly that this is not her family’s story exactly, but she knows of what she writes.

For more from the author, take a look at an interview published in Psychology Today or this letter from the author on Amazon.

FOWLER, Therese. Exposure. 384p. Ballantine. 2011. Tr $25. ISBN 978-0-345-51553-7. LC number unavailable.  Exposure e1304511268149 Exposure

Adult/High School–Fowler evokes shades of “Romeo and Juliet” with a contemporary social media twist: sexting and its consequences. Amelia Wilkes, 17, is not allowed to date, but she and 18-year-old Anthony Winter are having a secret, star-crossed romance that turns out to have tragic consequences when Harlan, Amelia’s strict father, discovers nude photos of Anthony on his daughter’s computer. Harlan’s immediate and complete rage at what he stubbornly insists is exploitation of his daughter spirals out of control as first Anthony and then Amelia are arrested in what explodes into a media circus. Kim, Anthony’s mom, is a teacher at the school both teens attend and she can’t muster the financial resources or political clout that drives Harlan’s near vendetta against her son. Although Fowler explores the adults’ motivations, she keeps the focus on Anthony and Amelia: believable, flawed characters who are in love and don’t see what they did as wrong. Their choices reflect the total desperation that denied love can bring. Teens who enjoy romance or who appreciate layered and complex family stories with a courtroom element á la Jodi Picoult will devour this.–Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI

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Angela Carstensen About Angela Carstensen

Angela Carstensen is Head Librarian and an Upper School Librarian at Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City. Angela served on the Alex Awards committee for four years, chairing the 2008 committee, and chaired the first YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adult committee in 2009. Recently, she edited Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation (ALA Editions, 2011). Contact her via Twitter @AngeReads.

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