Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Would you still love me if I...?
Exposed by Kimberly Marcus, will be out next week. Read it!! This is a gripping story, told in verse, of two best friends, one of which accuses the other's brother of raping her. As the boy's parents rally behind him and the girl's parents rally behind her, the reader is focused on the sister and best friend whose life, as she knows it, is ripped apart. The perspective is fresh and the verse is surprisingly effective, making this an incredibly emotional and satisfying read. I don't want to give anything away because I want people to read this book. As parents, we are always looking for new ways to discuss issues with our children and as young adults, many of our children are looking to explore their complicated world in a non-threatening way. Books like this can help. For the second time since starting this blog, I will say that I believe this is a book that should be mandatory reading for every high school student in America and for their parents (I said the same thing about Daisy Whitney's The Mockingbirds in my 11-28-10 blog post). I, quite literally, couldn't put this book down. I had to keep reading until I was done; I had to find out how it would end. Now, hours later, I still can't get this story out of my head.
Like The Mockingbirds, Exposed reinforced my belief that books can be such an effective tool for bridging the gap between parents and teens. There are many topics we should be discussing with our kids and sometimes it's hard to get started or to think through the different perspectives. Books can help immeasurably.