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. Volume XII Number 21 . . . . June 23, 2006
Exposure has both a swift-moving and believable plot, with complex, well-rounded characters to whom readers can relate. The challenges these characters face (insecurity, bullying, loyalty to friends, problems at home, etc.) are credible, and the ending leaves the reader with a feeling of satisfaction and hope. The ending also emphasizes the characters' development, thereby giving them more depth as well. On a grander scale, Murdoch's characters and their dilemmas embody themes of friendship, bullying, revenge, self esteem, substance abuse, and family relations, to name a few.
The main characters appear to be in the middle years of high school as Dana brags about hanging out with the guys in grade 12, including Julie's brother, Zack. Exposure is written from Julie's perspective, in first person, and is obviously a recent publication, marked by modern technological references. For example, Julie finds the digital camera, takes out the memory card, and burns a CD of the photographs. Including these recent technologies makes the book relevant to today's teens, creating another point of access for readers, in addition to the characters, themes, and dilemmas presented.
Though some may see this as another teenage problem novel, Exposure is an excellent book for reluctant readers. With a strong story, straightforward language and interesting, plausible characters, this book deals with real situations and emotions that any high school student might encounter.
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