Middle of nowhere.
What's the new girl to do?
For Piper Marks, the answer is simple. She's determined to have her photography rock the cover of National Geographic someday, and moving to Clarkton, Iowa for her last year of high school is not going to stop her. Even if her usual subjects have changed from bright lights and skyscrapers to fields, cows…and more fields.
But when photographer at the local paper quits in a huff, she steps into his spot. Her new job keeps Piper busy capturing tackles, and zooming in on first downs and end zone dances, not to mention putting her directly in the path of varsity football star Les Williams IV. Her new friends warn her off, but she can't resist the pull she feels toward this mysterious country boy. But this small town is keeping a secret, and it's one that could destroy any chance they have to be together.
It's up to Piper to decide what to do with the distorted truth. Can she risk exposing her heart? It might be worth it, 'cause Les is about to change her world from black and white to fully saturated color.
Praise for Pixelated:
"In Pixelated, L.S. Murphy weaves a complex web of secrets and lies with a 'will they or won't they' romance that kept me turning pages and holding my breath!" ~ Julie Reece, author of The Artisans and Crux
"Beautifully written, with a full spectrum of emotion and complex characters, Pixelated will tug at all your heartstrings. I easily lost myself in the world L.S. Murphy created and couldn't stop reading because I needed to see how the story ended." ~ Kelly Oram, author of Cinder & Ella
"L.S. Murphy brings something for every reader with Pixelated: romance, secrets, mystery, and a main character torn between two choices. Murphy's writing is sharp and steeped in emotions, deftly hooking her readers from the first sentence to the last." ~ Sarah Bromley, author of A Murder Of Magpies
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About the Author
L.S. Murphy lives in the Greater St. Louis area where she watches Cardinals baseball, reads every book she can find and weaves tales for teens and adults. When not doing all of the above, she tends to The Bean (aka her daughter), her husband and a menagerie of pets. Her debut YA novel, REAPER, was published in January 2013 through J. Taylor Publishing. A REASON TO STAY, a short (20k) adult contemporary romance, was released in November 2012 through the Calliope imprint of Musa Publishing. Another short contemporary romance NEIGHBORS was published by Entangled this week. Linda also has a finished sports-themed YA novel EXTRA INNINGS about a girl joining a boys' baseball team, and is currently working on its companion novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury for the opportunity to read and review Pixelated by L.S. Murphy! Piper lives in Clarkton, Iowa and she just moved in with her mother and stepfather while her father takes a new job in Kansas. Piper had to leave all she's familiar with and start her senior year of high school as the new kid in this very small town. Her mother works for the local paper, Clarkton Gazette, and has Piper help as a photographer, since that is her talent and career choice. Piper becomes part of the yearbook staff, thanks to the teacher and despite the yearbook editor, Morgan, who is immediately threatened by Piper. Small town gossip and assumptions make her life miserable. Piper feels as though everyone close to her has been lying to her and she's devastated when she walks straight into her father's lie. Her life is spiraling downward and she feels like she has absolutely no control over anything. A realistic fiction story with all the relationship struggles of real life. 5 stars for this intense book full of angst and clever characters!
Hoorah for sexy cowboys and sweet romances! I found Pixelated utterly charming. Piper was a no nonsense, strong female lead with just enough vulnerabilities to make her realistic. As a midwestern girl, I can say that Murphy perfectly captured both small, town Iowa and the sexy farm boys that live there! Les was the perfect cowboy. Swoon!
I loved Pixelated! It totally made me want to be a better photographer. And I adored Les and the tension between him and Piper--steamy and adorable. This was fun read that also tackled some heavy issues, making it a very well rounded book. One you don't want to miss.
I just read Pixelated by L.S. Murphy and I must say the story is just great. I mean really great. The writing is flawless and fluent and I was really surprised I enjoyed it so much. And now comes the inevitable BUT … I had some serious issues with Piper. As a female I automatically try to feel and understand the female lead characters first when I read a novel. While I like or dislike and also feel for the male leads – it is always the female that is the most important for me. Les was just great – there is nothing negative I could say about this character. He was written perfect. Lovable in all his ways and deep in his feelings and his struggle. BUT Piper ? I am still not even sure how I should visualize her. I really got a whiplash with her for most of the books. First she sounds like the chliche cheerleader type, then suddenly she is the geek, then she is just a horrible friend one moment and sulking in selfpity the next. Really for most of the book instead of enjoying the story I was trying to figure out how to see Piper. Don’t get me wrong – I really liked the book and the story in total … just Piper was at times rather …”difficult”
Piper has Plans and Dreams, neither of which included moving to the middle of Nowhere, Iowa from St. Louis just in time for her senior year. But, plans often have to change as her parents’ divorce and her mother’s remarriage and relocation stepped in to take over. Initially resentful at all of the changes, this is her story of that school year. Told in Piper’s POV, the story follows her resentful thoughts about the move, the interactions with her new schoolmates and her focus on her photography. When she is rescued from a flat tire miles from home or town by local boy Les, Piper thinks that not everything in Iowa is uninteresting. But, Les has a girlfriend, or everyone thinks he does, so Piper’s friendship with him brings out judgments and snark from her schoolmates. There is a secret there, but it takes ages (and shame on Les) to reveal, and Piper is more isolated than ever in the meantime. But, her mother and stepfather have bought two local newspapers, and a falling out with the photographer allows Piper a chance to do what she loves: photograph. Problem is – Les is on the team, and Piper can’t seem to step away. Descriptions of potential photographs through Piper’s eye and voice are instantly evocative of imagery and bring a real depth to her character and language. Conversations and even Piper’s voice are solidly ‘teen’, and as Piper seems to grasp one lesson or element in her life, the others blur away and lose focus, hence the wonderful tie-in to the title. Without the photographic element of the story to add unique and fresh elements, the story arc would be wholly predictable until the twist at the end: even though that predictability is captivating and wholly forgettable with the strong voice and presence of Piper. A solid teen-romance. Possibly the only real downfall for me in this story was the lack of effort Piper put into her friendships: she saw what did and didn’t work, and was aware of her own misconceptions about ‘being a friend’, yet she seemed to not value any of the new connections enough to actually DO the work and improve her own shortcomings in that area. But, the story captivated my interest early on, and had me reading straight through to the end. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.