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by Kim Askew, Amy Helmes, Jacquelyn Mitchard (Editor)

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Double, double, toil, and trouble! The quest for high-school royalty can turn deadly when teen ambition outstrips reason. Skye Kingston is a shy shutterbug who prefers observing life from behind her camera lens. She doesn't know she's stunning, and comes off the sidelines only when she's forced to by the terrifying events of one treacherous school year in Alaska. A


Double, double, toil, and trouble! The quest for high-school royalty can turn deadly when teen ambition outstrips reason. Skye Kingston is a shy shutterbug who prefers observing life from behind her camera lens. She doesn't know she's stunning, and comes off the sidelines only when she's forced to by the terrifying events of one treacherous school year in Alaska. A boy named Duncan is dead, and his death may or may not be an accident. Skye's three new best friends are eerily able to foretell the future, and cheerleader Beth might be more than a social climber--she quite probably is a sociopath. Then there's Skye's growing attraction to the school hottie, Craig, The Boy Who Would Be Prom King. But their time is crossed by fate. There's already been one death, and who can say if it's only the first? As Skye falls for Craig, she also slowly realizes that he is caught in the crosshairs of a deadly plot. Can she save Craig and herself from a murderous fate? Exposure is not only a modern take on the classic Macbeth, it's proof that nothing has changed since Shakespeare riffed on the subject nearly half a millennium ago: the quest for power can lead to bloodstained hands.

"Exposure is an intelligent, poignant, and riveting mashup of Shakespearean tragedy and high-school politics, which, as it turns out, have a lot in common." ~Daria Snadowsky, author of Anatomy of a Boyfriend and Anatomy of a Single Girl

"Kim Askew and Amy Helmes write with a delightful assurance in this clever and thrilling second installment in their Twisted Lit series. Wherever he is, the Bard is smiling down on them." ~Andrea N. Richesin, editor of Crush: 26 Real-Life Tales of First Love

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"Death, betrayal, ruthless plots to seize the 'crown' - all the seeds of stage tragedy take root and flourish in this clever modern-day homage to Macbeth. High school is rife with just enough passion and treachery to set a suitable stage for some Shakespearean-level drama." --Kirkus Reviews

"Fun-filled escapades into Shakespeare's The Tempest and Macbeth . . . they're an absolute riot! You don't have to be a Shakespeare fan (I'm not) or even have read these plays (I haven't) to fall in love with these books. I can't wait for the next Twisted Lit adventure. It's the best new young adult series of the year!" --Jack and Jill Magazine

"Askew and Helmes' adaptation adds a certain zest to the original play. Through well-paced writing, complicated romance, and a relatable protagonist, the reader has the ability to view a literary classic in a new and enjoyable way. I would recommend Exposure to readers that are interested in modern adaptations of Shakespearean plays in the young adult age group." --Blogcritics

"Exposure clicked with me right away. There's a lot to like in this novel...the events fell into place not by design, but as a series of choices, actions, and reactions that led naturally from each other. Equal parts teen drama and classic adaptation, I could definitely see this actually being a movie on par with 10 Things I Hate About You." --Drown My Books

"In the second book of the Twisted Lit series, Kim Askew and Amy Helmes brings an interesting adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Overall Exposure is a great read. It says so much about ambition, guilt, betrayal, and love in an enjoyable well-paced story that'll definitely leave you satisfied." --SAB Book Reviews

"After reading the witty and enchanting Tempestuous . . . I was beyond excited to read Exposure. Exposure turned out to be a great follow-up novel . . . fun characters, a little romance, and a tad bit of mystery. Exposure is another fast paced and fun read, perfect for fans of Meg Cabot." --Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf blog

"A fun YA twist on Shakespeare in the same modern vein as the movie 10 Things I Hate About You." --Excellent Library blog

"Shakespeare is hot again. Merit Press . . . is basing two of its first five debut releases on Shakespeare retellings. Tempestuous [is] a humorous reimagining of The Tempest. The Twisted Lit novels hope to . . . make Shakespeare more appealing to today's teens. Expect to see Shakespeare throughout all forms of media in 2013 as a new generation of media consumer rediscovers the timeless literary treasures of William Shakespeare." --Forbes.com

"This is an entertaining read.... Readers don't need to be familiar with the play in order to enjoy this, but students who have read it will appreciate the many Shakespearean references throughout." --School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews
Death, betrayal, ruthless plots to seize the "crown"--all the seeds of stage tragedy take root and flourish in this clever modern-day homage to Macbeth. Skye Kingston has always been more comfortable hidden behind the lens of her camera than out in front of it. Senior year at East Anchorage High lands her center stage in both a dangerous love triangle and a high-stakes plot to conceal what really happened the night Duncan, the captain of the hockey team, turns up dead. Skye nearly meets her match in the manipulative, power-hungry Beth, who will stop at nothing to reach the pinnacle of popularity, and that means using whatever means necessary to keep Craig, her boyfriend and prom-king-heir-apparent, away from Skye. Though Skye's angst over whether or not to reveal what she knows about Duncan's death grows tiresome, readers will surely cheer for this smart, reluctant heroine as she struggles to follow her heart and her head, even as those around her unravel. Unfortunately, in one of the novel's greatest shortcomings, Duncan's character is woefully underdeveloped. So, aside from the intrigue surrounding his untimely end, readers won't much notice his absence. As it turns out, high school is rife with just enough passion and treachery to set a suitable stage for some Shakespearean-level drama. (Fiction. 13 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—A flippant take on Macbeth, set in an Alaskan high school. Skye Kingston is an avid photographer and social nobody who becomes involved in a cover-up when Duncan Shaw, senior captain of the hockey team and leader of the school's popular crowd, dies after falling through the ice at a party. It looks like an accident, but Skye overhears her longtime crush, Craig MacKenzie, and his sociopathic girlfriend, Beth Morgan, arguing and realizes that they were somehow involved in Duncan's death. Everything starts spinning out of control as Skye agonizes over whether to reveal what she overheard, and Craig and Beth pursue the titles of Prom King and Queen. Beth becomes increasingly unhinged, and Craig is consumed with guilt over Duncan's death, with everything coming to a climax at a farewell ceremony in the quad for an ancient tree called Old Burny. Other Shakesperean touches include three edgy girls of Yup'ik descent who seem to foretell the future and lines from the play as chapter headings, but much of the time, the story departs from the tragedy with subplots about Skye's parents divorcing and Skye contending with unwanted attention from a persistent admirer. This is an entertaining read, although sometimes the serious plot elements from Macbeth don't mix well with the snarky descriptions of high school social climbing. Readers don't need to be familiar with the play in order to enjoy this, but students who have read it will appreciate the many Shakespearean references throughout.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ

Product Details

Simon Pulse
Publication date:
Twisted Lit Series
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)
930L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard has written many novels for adults, including Two If by Sea. She has also written young adult novels; children’s books; a memoir, Mother Less Child; and a collection of essays, The Rest of Us: Dispatches from the Mother Ship. Her first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was the inaugural selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, later adapted for a feature film starring and produced by Michelle Pfeiffer. Mitchard is the editor in chief and co-creator of Merit Press and a professor of fiction and creative nonfiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband and their nine children.

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Exposure 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
After I finished reading Tempestuous by the same authors, I just couldn’t wait to read Exposure. I was immensely impressed by the writing style of these two ladies with their first Twisted Lit novel, so naturally I had high expectations of Exposure, and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest. Admittedly, I haven’t read Shakespeare’s Macbeth, so I can’t draw any comparisons to his novel, but on its own, Exposure is – in my opinion - a literary masterpiece. There were so many things I loved about this book I hardly know where to begin. What instantly drew me into the story was Skye’s character. I liked that she wasn’t the stereotypical, rich-kid beauty queen with a bevy of followers who ruled the school with an iron fist. Her introverted, behind-the-scenes nature made it easy for me to connect with her, and her daily struggles will strike a chord with many readers. Surprisingly, even though I didn’t like her at all, I also felt sympathy for Skye’s nemesis, Beth. I appreciated that the authors took the time to develop her character not as a cold-hearted antagonist, but as one with weaknesses and teenage angst, and one who is also a victim of circumstance. Overall I found all the main and supporting characters to be three-dimensional and written with depth in such a skilful manner which allows readers to effortlessly establish that connection on an emotional level, and thus draw them deeper into the story.  Although the blurb may be interpreted as this being a murder mystery, there really is so much more to this multilayered novel than what I originally thought it would be. Skye and Craig go through such transformation in the space of a year, that by the end of the book they aren’t the same characters as the ones we meet at the beginning. Taking the journey with them through their final year in high school, I often laughed, cried, and at one point experienced absolute fear. From a soulmate found and lost, parting ways with new friends and old, dealing with separation, having to leave home, breaking out of her shell, learning to trust, to growing up and moving on; this novel without a doubt has something for every reader.   In short, Exposure is an exceptional read and it left me with so much to think about. The ending is perfect and the title sums up in one word the gist of this story. A solid, fast-moving plot with realistic characters and true-to-life situations, written in a voice for today’s young adult, makes this an unforgettable read that will leave you begging for more from what is looking to be the literary world’s newest power duo.   I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Skye Kingston is a phenomenal photographer, even though she is only a high school Senior in a small Alaskan town. She’s smart and initially not a popular gal, but she’s made a good friend in Craig. Soon Craig has moved into the popular group of students as a result of his superb hockey skills. Beth latches onto Craig and definitely views Skye as an unwelcome addition to their group; in fact, she is just plain nasty to Skye. As Skye is a serious student and spends a great deal of time on developing her own pictures, she’s annoyed but doesn’t allow herself to fall apart over such a nasty gal. Well, that’s what she says while her thoughts and emotions keep swirling! Home isn’t much better, with Skye’s parents barely speaking and her mother appearing to avoid being home whenever possible. Skye suspect a divorce is a distinct future possibility but says nothing, thinking if unsaid perhaps it will never happen. Still, it’s another bump that could definitely affect her future. How could Skye go away to college, knowing her father will need help with her sibling and how can her parents afford her tuition if they might not be together? Then one night Skye is invited to a party. Craig invited her, never realizing she for a change just might accept the invitation instead of refusing in her normal response. Drinking begins and soon after a game begins which resembles a teenage version of hide-and-seek but which ends in total disaster, the death of Duncan and some whispered words Skye accidentally overhears. How these teens deal with the tragic death of one of their own and their reactions as the investigation very slowly unfolds is tension-ridden reading. Many secrets will also slowly be revealed. The discovery process of the Hamlet-style murder mystery, as well as the unfolding of Skye’s family and future life, makes for a terrific read that isn’t predictable at all. Riddled with tension and some poignant and potent moments, Exposure is a terrific teen read. These authors know their audience and have told a riveting read guaranteed to make readers want more like it in The Twisted Lit collection. Highly recommended!
Jesse_Kimmel-Freeman More than 1 year ago
The second book in the A Twisted Lit Novel Series doesn't fall too far behind the first one. Amy and Kim really know how to take a beautiful work of art and redo it- keeping the mastery. Unlike the first one that dealt with Shakespeare's Tempest, this time we get to experience Macbeth in a new light (I'm a fan of that story in particular). Once again they have managed to take something that is very specific in language, timing, and morals and modernize it. They breathe life into their characters and story. And they make them believable. I mean, they could totally happen in real life. This time around we get to know Skye and Craig. This book is full of intrigue and mystery. It's a great read for those that love a good character arc. Kim and Amy do a great job at creating their characters. If you love a good retelling of a great story like Macbeth, then you'll want to check this out. Seeing that these girls took on such a hard play in the first place, it definitely needs to be read. Check it out. You won't be disappointed.
Dia_Pelaez More than 1 year ago
Exposure is an engaging young adult story about self-discovery and courage to own up to one’s mistakes. This is book 2 of the Twisted Lit series by Amy Helmes and Kim Askew, and is actually a modern take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth. However, you don’t really need to have read Macbeth beforehand to understand the whole story. Just imagine Macbeth being set in a modern high school setting and you pretty much get Exposure.  This is the second book from the Twisted Lit series that I’ve read and I’m pretty much a happy camper of the series already. Although I would have to say that I liked the first book better than this one. This could be attributed to the fact that this book has a slightly darker theme than the first one. Now, unto the story… The female lead, Skye Kingston, is a shy and quiet girl who minds her own business and keeps to herself. It would be safe to say that she’s an introvert and would rather witness a scene rather than partake in it.  I love the fact that there was contrast between the Skye at the beginning of the story and the Skye at the end. I think that she really did turn over a new leaf and became a better person. She learned to put herself out there and actually experience the things that she just witnessed before. Also, I loved Skye’s photography exhibit at the end of the story. It signified her transformation into a new person. She went from being the girl behind the camera to being the girl in front of the camera, being brave enough to go and be herself. As for Craig, well, at first I really was hesitant about liking him because he seemed the sort of person who can’t even distinguish what is it that he really wanted. Personally, I don’t like people who are indecisive and Craig was a little bit like that when it came to Skye and his popular friends.  Basically, he’s torn between his popularity and his real self, which only comes out when he’s with Skye. At first, I didn’t understand the indecisiveness, but as the story progressed, there was a justification why Craig was like that. And really, you can’t blame the guy. Also, I love the fact that even though he could have walked away from it all and be with Skye without telling the truth, he chose to own up to his mistake and take responsibility. I would have hated him if he didn’t tell the truth just for the sake of having a happy ending with Skye, but he did, and I really think that his chose made a better happy ending for the story. Then, there’s Beth, the super villainess that cuts everything down her path. She’s got serious issues all on her own. However, at the heart of it all, I think she just wants someone who can love her for who she really is. And maybe she mistook popularity as love and acceptance so everything went downhill from there.  Aside from the young adult aspect, this story has enough mystery and drama that kept me reading. It’s well-written, well-planned and each of the character has their distinct personality that it wasn’t hard to imagine them inside my head as I read.  For fans of Shakespeare who are looking to read new twists to his classic works, I highly recommend reading the Twisted Lit Series by Amy Helmes and Kim Askew. 
maffism More than 1 year ago
It's yet another triumph for the dynamic duo of Askew and Helmes. It has been commented that 'Askew and Helmes' have improved on Shakespeare. I really can't believe that I'm say this, but here goes- I agree. Sorry Billy, but don't worry, Hamlet's still untouchable mate.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Making Shakespeare less intimidating to readers is a great idea! This modern day take on MacBeth is no exception. There is tragedy, remorse, guilt, romance, and lessons learned. The story opens with Skye, a new college student from Alaska, telling her story to her new room mates in an effort to quash the rumor mill about her. She tells a painful story in her own way. The high school jock, Craig, (MacBeth) has been Skye's secret crush since she first met him. He has a girlfriend though, Beth, a cheerleader, of course! One night, at a party, Skye overhears a tense and cryptic conversation between Craig and Beth. The next day, Craig's best friend is found dead. He was last seen alive at this same party. Skye realizes there is a connection between what she heard and Duncan's death. Automatically she decides to protect Craig at all costs, because he sounds like he may be responsible. The story revolves around Craig devolving with guilt, Skye's loyalty to him, her guilt over not coming forward and where this leads them. There is a dark and mysterious feel to the story that matches the setting and the intense plot! The authors' take on Shakespeare was well done, loosely speaking! This copy was provided by NetGalley and Merit Press in exchange for an honest review!
princess_sara More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank the author for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review. Besides having a few editing errors, I found this book to be well written and entertaining. Skye is the voice of this book. At the beginning she has started college, and there are many rumors flying around about her past. So for a bedtime story she finally decides to tell her story to her roommates to shut up the rumor mill. Then she tells the story of the boy she's loved forever, and a high school tragedy that tears lives apart. This story is written as a modern day Macbeth, which I haven't read since high school, but I thoroughly enjoyed this interpretation. Skye's one true friend Craig, who also hasn't really admitted in public about their frienship, has been dating an awful girl named Beth for most of high school. One night at a weekend party, events transpire that disrupt all their lives. All three of them carry a secret that tears them apart in different ways. This is a story with manipulation, lying, guilt, and inner torture, with a little love sprinkled in. A few things I got from this story are: guilt will eat you up from the inside, and can make you crazy, and that telling the truth can set you free. I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to future books by Kim Askew. Recommend to teenagers and up.
InkandPage More than 1 year ago
Exposure. 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.