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EXPOSED by Kimberly Marcus

Posted in reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction, reviewku: poetry (all)

I CAN’T DO WHAT I WON’T DO IF IT ISN’T TRUE…OR IS IT?

Out of focus.  Blurred.

Where did the truth go?  What do

I do now?  And how?

 

Nitty Gritty:

YA (grades 7 and up)

Verse novel
First person POV

Main character – 16 year old Lizzie

Poems — free verse – variety of size, length, shape, design

Vivid language

Strong visual images

Short dialogue clips

Single character viewpoint consistent throughout the poems

Emotionally impactful story.  

What is Lizzie dying for want of?  To understand herself, to discover who she is and what she wants.

Long poems to begin, moving into variety of length, style, shape

Physical form of poems drive plot and dictate pace

Themes – rape, family, trust, belief, truth, lies, subterfuge

Photography — main character uses images to communicate

Symbolism – photography as way to SHOW emotion

Pictures = visuals of emotion, personality, truth, secrets

Blurred truth and lies paralleled in darkroom half images

Best friend, brother, triangle, rape

Pain, pain, pain

Free verse might be the only form for these powerful raw emotions

Photography parallels – confident beginning, blurring into confusion of middle (darkroom developing), new camera (paralleling new level of friendship?) at story end sharpen images and clears up blurred confusion