Mini-Review: Exposure (Kim Askew and Amy Helmes)

The Deets:
reading level: YA
pages: 223
publisher: January 18th 2013 by Merit Press
ISBN: 9781440552618
genre: contemporary?


Exposure: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare's Macbeth (Twisted Lit, #2)
Double, double, toil and trouble. Sometimes, the quest for high school royalty can be deadly! In this emotionally-charged twist on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a self-conscious shutterbug named Skye Kingston navigates a treacherous school year in Alaska fraught with unspoken secrets and tragic twists of fate. Along the way she encounters three strangely prophetic BFFs; one social-climbing, sociopathic cheerleader; and a heart-stopping hottie named Craig McKenzie: the man who would be Prom King. Can Skye save the boy she loves — and herself — before they get caught in the crosshairs?
 

 I am a huge fan of retellings, especially Shakespeare (or other classics). I just love how a good retelling can make an otherwise intimidating book more accessible to younger readers. However, Exposure just didn't work for me.

As far as things that I like, I was highly impressed with the vocabulary used throughout this book. I am thankful I read this on my Kindle because I had to use the dictionary feature several times. (I really hate admitting that too.) I get giddy when my brain is challenged. What can I say? Total word nerd.

But you aren't reading this to hear me gush about SAT quality vocab words. You want to know what I didn't like about this Macbeth retelling. Well, I can say it was just about everything. (dun dun dun)

This was loosely based on Macbeth-- and when I say loosely, think about a 5 year-old's ability to keep a secret. Loose lips baby. About the only thing that was easily recognized as being from the original tale were the "three witches." It was easy to pick up on their role from the beginning. Ok, I guess Craig's role was easy to figure out too. BUT... how those prophesies panned out-- mmm, not so much.

I guess I was expecting more similarities to the original. Because it didn't deliver in that department, I was disappointed. But to be fair to the book, if a reader was not familiar with Macbeth, then they would probably really enjoy Exposure. It was a nice story that I probably would have enjoyed more if I didn't know it was supposed to be a retelling of Shakespeare play.

I really wanted to read Tempestuous because it's based on my ALL TIME FAVORITE Shakespeare play (The Tempest), but I'm a little scared now. If I had such a negative reaction to the loosely based Macbeth plot line, how will I cope if Tempestuous follows the same path? If anyone has read Tempestuous, I would love to know your take.  

1 comments:

Cozy in Texas said... .

I've been seeing a lot about retellings lately and I'd never really thought about them before.
Ann

January 23, 2013 at 8:38 AM

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