March 5, 2011

master of verse - review

Kimberly Marcus
published February 2011
source: bought it

Short   Strong    Suspenseful

The story is about two high school Seniors who are forever-best friends.  They have an argument one night at their usual sleepover -- Liz tells Kate she should not major in history.  Liz storms out of the room;  lives are changed .... best you read for yourself.

This is only the second verse YA book I have finished!  Kudos to debut author Kimberly Marcus for the way she mastered verse, characterization, metaphors, plot.  She kept me flipping the pages to the end to find out what happens.   She made me want to re-read Exposed  immediately, this time more slowly to savor her poetry.  Here's a page:
Jack Daniels in Brewster
The first sip sears
the lining of my throat.

I swallow hard
because I need to feel 

I swallow more
because I need to feel
 Thank you, Kimberly Marcus, for time well-spent writing this.   More, please, more!


Khadija said...

As an aspiring poet I love reading YAs written in verse. I hadn't heard much about this one and didn't know it was written in verse, but you've now got me uber exited to read this one :)

JerseyGirl22 said...

Well, it sounds interesting. I've never read a verse YA book, but the story seems catchy. You convinced me to read it. I'm sure it'll be great.

Darlyn said...

this is actually kind of my cup of tea when you said it suspenseful.. Thanks for a short great review!

Leilani @Leilani Loves Books said...

Ive heard so many things about this!!

Thanks for your review!

xxsquigglesxx said...

Great review on the book. Books written in verse are hit or miss for me, but this one sounds really interesting. The passage you quoted is haunting.


lulilut said...

Thanks for including a page so I can get an idea of how the book will read. The whole book sounds so moving.
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Sarah said...

I didn't realize this was a novel in verse. Makes me more curious to read it now. Thanks for the review.

Ashley said...

Wow. For such a short review, you've managed to give me quite the hit. Man. This book sounds intense. I am most definitely going to need to find me a copy of this soon!

chelle said...
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chelle said...

I really love books written in verse form. And I've been wanting to have a copy of this book since it was released. Good thing you liked it.

mariska said...

"best you read for yourself"

alright, since you said that, i'm so curious about this book even more. thanks for the short review :)