Exposure by Therese Fowler *Review*

In Exposure, Therese Fowler has written her most gripping novel to date—a ripped-from-the-headlines story of ardent young love and a nightmarish legal maelstrom that threatens to destroy two families.

Amelia Wilkes’s strict father does not allow her to date, but that doesn’t stop the talented, winsome high school senior from carrying on a secret romance with her classmate Anthony Winter. Desperately in love, the two envision a life together and plan to tell Amelia’s parents only after she turns eighteen and is legally an adult. Anthony’s mother, Kim, who teaches at their school, knows—and keeps—their secret. But the couple’s passion is exposed sooner than planned: Amelia’s father, Harlan, is shocked and infuriated to find naked pictures of Anthony on his daughter’s computer. Just hours later, Anthony is arrested.

Despite Amelia’s frantic protests, Harlan uses his wealth and influence with local law enforcement and the media to label Anthony a deviant who preyed on his innocent daughter. Spearheaded by a zealous prosecutor anxious to turn the case into a public crusade against “sexting,” the investigation soon takes an even more disturbing and destructive turn.

As events spiral wildly out of control and the scandalous story makes national news, Amelia and Anthony risk everything in a bold and dangerous attempt to clear their names and end the madness once and for all.

Wow! Where to begin?

In this digital age we live in, can we ever be to careful of the information we save, store, and put out there for the world to see?

My youngest son is 16 and his cell phone is an extension of his right arm.  We’ve had numerous talks about the dangers of sexting, the harm that can be done by simply forwarding a picture sent to him by someone else.  But does he really get it?

I don’t think I truly got it until I read Exposure.  Aside from the obvious humiliation, rumors and innuendos both parties would find themselves surrounded by, there are also the legal ramifications to consider which this book did such an excellent job of driving home.

Anthony and Amelia don’t feel like they have done anything wrong.  They love each other.  But what they don’t understand is at their age, Anthony eighteen and Amelia seventeen, is that in showing their love to each other they trip a wire that runs a thin line back to the law.  And even though they did something very personal and very private which they thought would only ever involve them, it turns out to have very real and powerful consequences for those that they love as well, and soon Anthony’s mother Kim is just as knee-deep in the court system as they are.

I felt the heartache these two teenagers were going through- the love they had for each other, the painful forced separation, the worry, anxiety and fear.   Therese Fowler makes you feel every emotion acutely.   Even though I could never condone what they did or what they’re about to do I found myself rooting them on.  And Amelia’s father, though well within his legal right as a parent, needed a rude awakening that I sincerely wanted to be the one to give him.

Exposure had me feeling far-ranging emotions with every page I turned and after my last book (good, but dry) it was a welcome feeling.  I loved this timely and relevant novel so I am rating it 4.5/5 stars.

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2 responses to “Exposure by Therese Fowler *Review*

  1. I thought this book was great too. I actually got to meet Fowler and the concept for the book was based on an actual incident in her life. Her son was arrested for texting. His story is completely different and he wasn’t found guilty, but still scary just the same!

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