Release Day Book Review: ‘Exposure’ by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

Book Cover Exposure by Kim Askew and Amy HelmesExposure. Too little, and you’re overlooked. Too much, and you’re vulnerable. Skye Kingston belongs in the “too little” category. With her old-school camera, she records the history being made at her high school without being a part of it. Unbeknownst to her, though, her senior year was going to put her more front and center than she ever expected.

Based loosely on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, this is the story of a boy, Craig MacKenzie, a relative newcomer who dates a power-hungry hockey cheerleader named Beth Morgan. Beth’s best friend, Kristy Winters, goes out with Duff Wallace, who plays on the hockey team with Craig. At least he did, before he got sent off suddenly to Scotland as part of a student exchange program. The star of the team is the senior captain, Duncan Shaw. If you’ve read Macbeth, you know nothing good is going to happen. There are even three “witches” who prophesy about what’s to come.

The story is equally about Skye and her feelings toward Craig. Craig’s family moved to Alaska one summer, and he met Skye. They became great friends, but when school started, he got sucked into the popular crowd vortex by the queen bee, Beth. Skye and Craig stay friends, which does not sit well with Beth. As the story develops, Skye unwittingly (and unbeknownst to the others) becomes privy to information that can sink several people.

This story is a morality play, dealing with guilt, being courageous, needing power, staying true to yourself, when to be honest and when to reveal all. For the most part, it stays true to the mark. The tale starts with a prologue, and the only reason it seems to exist is so that a little something can happen at the end. (It seems that the answers we get at the end about Skye didn’t make it to the prologue?) Otherwise, it seems unneeded and clunky. Also awkward is the character of Margot. She seems to be there only to spout wisdom like a mechanical therapy machine. Her contribution to the story feels out of place.

The title is so perfect; there’s a lot of exposing (of one’s self and others) and exposure (both physical and photographic) going on here. It’s very interesting that this is the second book that I have read this year that is based on the story or characters of Macbeth. This story stays very close to that original story, and it makes for engaging reading.

3.5 of 5 Stars (Based on Ink and Page’s Rating System)

Genres: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance
Ages: 14 and up
You might want to know: Some profanity. Underage drinking, drug use

Exposure by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes was published today by Merit Press. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review.

Other Reviews:
Sab the Book Eater: 4 of 5 Stars (@sabthebookeater)
Imaginary Reads: 3 of 5 Stars (@ImaginaryReads)
Find the Authors:
Kim Askew’s Website/Blog
Amy Helmes’ Website/Blog
Kim Askew on Twitter (@Kaskew)
Amy Helmes on Twitter (@AmyHelmes)

Buy the Book:
Abe Books
Barnes & Noble
Website for Merit Press
Twitter (@fwmedia)
Also see my review of The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan.

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