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Chan Shealy is an all American girl, a baton-twirler, straight-A student. But when she looks for a boyfriend online, sure that she's following the rules and staying safe, she finds herself the victim of a pedophile whose interests are worse than she ever imagines... it is almost too late when she realizes what she must do to stop him.

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Overview

Chan Shealy is an all American girl, a baton-twirler, straight-A student. But when she looks for a boyfriend online, sure that she's following the rules and staying safe, she finds herself the victim of a pedophile whose interests are worse than she ever imagines... it is almost too late when she realizes what she must do to stop him.

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Publishers Weekly

Timely topics steer this story-with an inflexible grip. Despite her spot on the varsity baton-twirling team and despite an unswervingly loyal best friend, Chandra is a leper at school: her last boyfriend gave her herpes but publicly blamed it on her. When she decides to find a guy online, the first (and only) person she meets is good-looking, sympathetic Paul. She falls for him immediately, and not too much time elapses before she is streaming videos of herself, shirtless. Where issues also dominated Vaught's Big Fat Manifesto and Trigger, the characters' voices and the author's insights in those novels compensated; here, Chan behaves like a teen in a B-movie who knows a criminal is on the loose but opens the front door anyway. Readers might grow impatient not only with her but with the obviousness of the message. Ages 14-up. (Dec.)

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VOYA - Cheryl French
Romance at West Estoria High School is no longer an option for Chan Shealy. Thanks to her cheating ex-boyfriend and the herpes he gave her, no guy at school will have anything to do with her. She decides to look for love online and escape into "safe" fantasy for a while instead. The moment the first message from KnightHawk859 pops up in her inbox, Chan's whole world changes. She knows it is risky and that she is breaking her parents' Internet rules, but he is all she can think about. Chan starts off as likeable, with realistic dilemmas at school and home and an appropriate mix of earnestness and teen frustration. Her narrative loses credibility, however, when the story becomes entirely about her online relationship. The danger is so obvious that even forgiving readers will be stretched to believe Chan does not see it. This issue-driven story lacks nuance and lays the morality on too thick. Readers never really know - or care about - the characters. The budding online relationship comes across as hollow. Chan neglects friends, schoolwork, and twirling for this person. She is quickly pulled into revealing more and more of herself - literally and metaphorically - but the lure is never shared with readers. Emotionally empty and uneven, the story picks up pace at the very end when Chan finally puts the pieces together. Unfortunately many readers could grow frustrated and lose patience with Chan and with the book long before then. Reviewer: Cheryl French
Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
High school twirler Chandra Shealy has contracted an STD. The romantic relationship with athletic jock Adam P has ended and most of the school has taken sides with Adam's new girlfriend, rival twirler Ellis Brennan. It has been a humiliating experience to say the least, so Chan is looking for something a little less physical, certainly less intimate, when she goes online to find a new "boyfriend." Chan's best friend Devin tries to be a voice of reason, but she does want her friend to be happy and when Chan meets Paul, it looks like things will definitely be improving. Paul helps Chandra lose some weight for the regional twirling competition with a training regiment that includes walking and weights. But he also entices Chan to send live pictures of her playful use of weights and seductive flirting. When her mother catches Chan playing around, she takes the computer. But Chandra does not give up Paul that easily and despite the fact that Chan's younger sister is experiencing nightmares and climbing into bed with her, Chan manages to reestablish her relationship with Paul, who volunteers to help her maintain their online chats through secret means. But as the stress of the regional competition and the clandestine relationship build, Chandra is losing control over her life and becomes quite ill. This is a modern horror story that will draw high school readers into its cautionary tale of computers as resource for both good and evil. Ultimately it is a human relationship, however flawed, that provides true support and redemption. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
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An obvious story about an Internet predator. Chan Shealy, 16, is determined to find a boyfriend online "so I can have all of the fun and absolutely none of the real-life hassle." Last year, her entire school found out that her BMOC boyfriend gave her herpes. So, she meets Paul online, and he becomes the savior in her life. The two chat late at night and he lures Chan into telling him all that he needs to prey on her and her sister, Lauren. Readers will find it hard to believe that the teen can't see what is coming, especially after Paul videotapes her without her shirt on, and they will be frustrated with Chan's naïveté. The book's message is clear, and it sometimes undermines the plot. Despite this, some readers might learn from it. Exposed has an important, timely topic that teens need to be aware of.-Shannon Seglin, Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA

Kirkus Reviews
A too-obvious cautionary tale about Internet predators. Chan is determined to put her past behind her, and she believes the best way to do that is to find a new boyfriend, preferably someone sensitive, cute and, if possible, far away. Still reeling from a bad breakup, she wants nothing more than someone nice. A hard-nosed coach, an overbearing mother, an overly permissive father and a sister who is growing up too quickly all combine to keep Chan spinning. Paul, her online crush, is about the only easy thing in her life. Late-night chat sessions lure Chan into telling Paul all he needs to know to prey on her and her eight-year-old sister, Lauren. While the "ripped from the headlines" message is clear, it sometimes takes center stage to the detriment of the story. Chan is realistic and sympathetic, but her naivete becomes both tiresome and unbelievable. Readers may well be frustrated by the uneven plot and the familiarity of the story. (Fiction. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599901619
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 11/25/2008
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 796,882
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Vaught is the author of Stormwitch, Trigger and Big Fat Manifesto. A practicing neuropsychologist she lives with her family on a farm in rural Tennessee.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

    Chan has PIRs (parental Internet rules) when it comes to being on the computer and the Internet at home. The key rules are:

    1. Never put any identifying information on the Internet without parental approval.
    2. No public profiles.
    3. Everything that is done on the computer gets supervised or reviewed.

    Chan is about to break every one of these rules in the next few weeks.

    After a horrible breakup at school the previous spring with the school quarterback, Chan avoids dating and boys. But she wants to find the perfect companion somehow. And the best and safest way, Chan decides, is to find one on the Internet. But this goes against all three of the cardinal rules.

    So with begrudging help from her best friend, Devin, the two girls set up a secret Blahfest profile. The two also add streaming video of the two twirling batons in Chan's room. Before they know it, Chan has a message on her profile. It's from Knighthawk859. The two start secret harmless chat sessions that go long into the night. Knighthawk (aka Paul) tells Chan how to download a screen saver that will also help purge and hide any talks and keystrokes. Paul seems perfect and can even recite Emily Dickinson back to Chan. (Chan adores Emily's poetry.)

    Chan's schoolwork starts to suffer, and she's getting less and less sleep. It doesn't help that her 8-year-old sister, Lauren, wakes up with nightmares each night and comes into Chan's room for comfort. With lack of sleep, and bruises from Lauren's restless sleeping, all Chan can concentrate on is her next chat session with Paul. The only bright spot outside of the chatting is her twirling. With Paul's assistance (financial and educational), Chan has gotten onto a training routine and her twirling has never been better.

    But soon, the chatting turns darker. And when Chan encounters a similar screen saver on the family's computer downstairs, she starts to panic that her younger sister has gotten in above her head as well. Can Chan come clean with her secret boyfriend to save her sister, or will everything come crashing down because of her?

    EXPOSED is one of those books that are ideal to be shared between parents and their teenagers. It explores the hazards of seemingly harmless chatting on the Internet. It shares how anyone determined enough can piece the puzzle pieces together with relatively limited information. Chan's PIRs may seem silly to the average teenager, but in reality, and in light of today's identity thefts and predators, they may even be too simple.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

    Astounding!

    In my opinion, Exposed is marvelous, heart-felt and a true page turner. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put the book down.Chan Shealy, the main character, has just started another year of High school with her best friend Devin. After last year's mistake of getting herpes from Adam-p(the quarter back of the football team) and a dreadful breakup, Chan concludes that having a boyfriend at school is to much complication. Chan decides that she wants to find the perfect guy by getting an online boyfriend. However, Chan has PIR(parental internet rules) whenever she goes on the computer. There are three major rules in her house that she must follow. Number one: no public profiles. Number two:never put identity information on the internet. Number three: everything put on the internet is supervised. To get an online boyfriend, Chan must break all three of them. With the help of Devin, they make a secret Blahfest profile and put a video of them twirling batons. They also connect a webcam to stream.

    It works because soon enough, Chan gets a message from Knighthawk (his real name is Paul). Paul seems like the perfect guy for Chan. He quotes Emily Dickinson(her favorite poet), helps her lose weight for her twirling competion, and makes a portalpay account so he can give her money. Paul even told her how to download a screen saver that will hide and erase their chats. But before she knows it, Chan's grdes start dropping and she starts losing sleep because her 8 year old sister Lauren is having nightmares. Lauren has to worry about singing in a play and gets stressed. But Chan can only think about Paul. Twirling is improving for Chan though.

    Then things take a dark turn when Lauren gets a online boyfriend too and attends her rehearsal at the church. That person is Paul! Chan must save for little sister from danger. On her way to the competion, Chan says she has to go to the church and save Lauren. Chan's twirling instructer, Chan's calls her the Bear, calls the police and they arrest Paul (he then says his name is really Jim). This book is a real life lesson to kids, teens and adults. It teaches that people aren't always who they say they are and you have to watch out because you never know who's a predator. Inconclusion, I loved this book I would recommend it to all my friends.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2010

    AWESOME!!

    I loved this book!! I coudln't put it down!!!! It's very rare for me to find a book that I can't put down. I had it done in 2 days!! Loved it!! Major page turner!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2009

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    i didnt find this book very great, sure it has a great message about being careful on the interenet and real relationships as well, but i didnt find it that interesting. the plot was pretty boring, and it took me longer to read than most books because i wasnt excited to read it at all.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2009

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    A GREAT FAMILY READ!!

    Chan Shealy is a sophomore who is has been labeled as a "skank" and an outsider. She trusted her first boyfriend who left her broken hearted and diseased, so she has vowed to never to do it again. Chan decides that real life boys aren't worth the trouble, but on-line boys are. She gets hooked up with a dreamy guy named "Paul", but little does she know that he has more than love on his mind. This is a great tale for teens and adults alike. Everyone at some point experiences loss of friends and social grace, but Chan takes hersefl on a dangerous journey into the world wide web. This an excellent book to bring to life the dangers that chat rooms and other social sites can cause, and it's definitely a page turner!!! As an English teacher I can honestly say that Susan Vaught really gets into the minds of teenagers and tells a unique and gripping tale.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2009

    Im not one to read...but WOW!!!

    First off this is not a vampire story!!! Who ever thought that is totally wrong!!! <BR/><BR/>Chan goes through wanting an online boyfriend to get away from the real boyfriend drama, due to her reputation being destroyed after a football guy gave her herpes the year before... but ends up with webcam trouble, family issues, and friends being forgotten as the true bestfriend they once were. At the end there's a huge twist where I ended up not being able to put the book down at all until I read all the way to the end. This twist ends up making Chan really discover how much her life has changed. From wanting that not-so-real boyfriend to saying "I just wish life would start feeling real again..."<BR/><BR/>This book is one of the top books I've ever read!! I've even gone through some of the things she has, and it just hit me really hard. This is surely one book I WILL NEVER FORGET!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Must Read

    This book is really good. It shows people that there defientley consquences when going online. I recomend to 13 and up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Loved it!

    Ok. I seriosly love this book! Its very unique and twisted and you feel as though youre right there with Chan. I felt complete adrenaline as I read this book,, and have been in Chans position before. Dont trust the Internet, people!
    Paul cannot be trusted. The book is intense, and can make you a bit uncomfortable. I am totally in <3 with this book! Read it!!!

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  • Posted February 9, 2012

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    Review from Blkosiner's book blog

    This is a very realistic book about online predators, but it is also about much more. I haven't really read much about a teen dealing with an STD, and I think that its really important to talk about, because no matter how gross or uncomfortable, it is REAL LIFE. Sometimes things in fiction can make something in real life easier to deal with and hopefully that will make someone less ashamed of themselves, and realize that even though a mistake, it can happen, and you can still live your life.
    That said, the main character was sympathetic in some ways. She did in a sense have it all, but she also had a broken heart, an STD, and attracts the wrong sort of attention online, so really, she didn't. I didn't connect with her personally the best, but I still was invested in what happened to her, and I saw the bad things coming and didn't want it to.
    I love the realistic, but strong connection she has with her sister. She's dramatic, bratty at times, but underneath vulnerable and young. I love it when Chan's protective instincts kicks in, and the soft moments where she lets her in her bed after a nightmare, and other ways she looks out for her. I also love her bff Devin, it makes me long for a friend like that.
    The plot was fast moving and kept me interested, especially after the first few chapters of set up. I liked Vaught's writing style and want to read more of her stuff.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

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    Another good one.

    Vaught is a good author who writes mostly novels about teen issues, but writes them interestingly enough to hold adults interest as well. This book is great for maybe 12year olds + with a great story about the dangers online.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    Reply for is it good 4 ten yr olds

    No b/c its for grades 8 nd up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2010

    Not so great

    The idea of the story was good but it didn't really catch my attention. Towards the end I was wondering when it was going to end.

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