High school seniors Amelia Wilkes and Anthony Winter are deeply in love, though until she turns eighteen, Amelia is keeping their relationship a secret from her overbearing father. But their passion is exposed much soon than expected when Harlan Wilkes finds naked “sexting” photos of Anthony on his daughter’s computer. Furious, Harlan calls the police and pressed criminal charges against Anthony for disseminating harmful materials to a minor. Anthony is arrested, expelled from school, and labeled by the salacious media as a sexual predator. He becomes a walking pariah.
About the author:
Therese Fowler has believed in the magic of a good story since she learned to read at the age of 4. At age 30, as a newly single parent, she put herself into college, earning a degree in sociology before deciding to fulfill her longtime dream of writing fiction, which led to an master’s degree in creative writing. From there, she composed stories that explore the nature of families, exploring their culture, mistakes and desires. Her novels are published internationally, in nine languages and more than 28 countries. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and sons.
Just my opinion:
What an amazing story! Therese Fowler takes a current issue among today’s teens and weaves a tale of heartache and determination around the age-old emotions of love and devotion.
The love Amelia and Anthony have for each other is very real. It’s deep and compassionate and it goes against everything Amelia’s parents believe are in her best interests, so she makes the decision to hide her feelings from them until she is old enough to have control over her own life. Unfortunately, when she accidentally forgets her laptop at home, her father discovers inappropriate photos of Anthony that he sent to her via the Internet. He’s appalled and, without thinking clearly, contacts the police. Anthony is arrested and charged with a misdemeanor.
The investigation doesn’t stop there, though. As the FBI steps in, Anthony is charged with a federal crime, as is Amelia, for child pornography. The lives of both families begin to spin out of control and Anthony and Amelia finally decide to take things into their own hands, which could potentially lead to disastrous results.
This is absolutely a superior novel among those released this spring. Not only is Exposure a great story, it also provides some much-needed information about the issues of “sexting” and cell phone use among today’s young people. These are more than just means of communication; they can easily be used to break the law without the person even knowing what they are doing is wrong.
Parents may find they are compelled to share this book with their own teenage sons and daughters. That could be a good thing as it may prevent some very real heartache for families. Please consider reading Exposure. You’ll be glad you did.
Some favorite passages from the book:
Loss creates a hole, true, but it also opens space to be filled anew.
A wildfire starts small – from a dropped cigarette, someone burning leaves or trash, a single lick of lightning to a vulnerable tree – and then spreads in every opportune direction, eventually becoming so hot that nothing short of a torrent, man-made or otherwise, can put it out. To travel, it needs little more than favorable conditions and available fuel to feed on, and will grown without conscience, disregarding wildlife, structures, prayer.