Exposure by Patricia Murdoch

Genre:  Realistic Fiction

Reading Level:  Age 14 and up

# of pages: 102


The main character, Julie, faces a problem many girls face in junior high and high school and that is a mean girl.  Dana is Julie’s mean girl and goes out of her way to make Julie feel bad on a regular basis.  When Julie mentions it to her mom, her first reaction is to call the school or Dana’s parents.  As most girls know, this solution would only add to the problem.  Julie’s brother tries to make her feel better by telling her that the high school students make fun of Dana when she comes to their parties.  Of course, going to high school parties is something Dana is most proud of. 

Julie is given a unique opportunity when she finds some pictures of Dana taken of her at one of those senior parties.  Her best friend, Sammy, urges her to take the high road, but as Dana continues to lie and bully, Julie finds herself building the courage to give Dana what she feels she has coming.  Dana’s reaction to the betrayal is much worse than Julie could ever have predicted and Sammy gets upset that she lowered herself to Dana’s level.

The message of this story is that treating someone in a cruel manner because that’s how he or she treats people will not solve anything.  Dana was not able to handle not being in control and Julie found she couldn’t handle the role of bully.  While this is true, many young girls who are being bullied will have a hard time sympathizing with Dana’s character.  It’s much easier to tell someone to be the bigger person than it actually is to do it, especially when undergoing some truly cruel behavior.  Hopefully, this book will be comforting to those in Julie’s situation in that becoming the bully will not make you any happier than being the bullied.  No matter how you look at it, this is a tough issue with no easy answers.




6 Responses to “Exposure by Patricia Murdoch”

  1. 1 Mahmoud November 14, 2008 at 2:53 am

    I think this book was a great book because it had emotional characters, a good setting, and lastly it felt suprising when I was reading the book.

  2. 2 carolina March 9, 2010 at 2:49 am

    i lykk dhisz book i thouqht iht wasnt ‘ qoinq to b qud but iht wass (:

  3. 3 tamara gross March 12, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    this book is so greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeat!

  4. 4 Steve March 27, 2010 at 3:05 am

    My mommy wrote this. I think it’s gud. It was based on mii lyfe even tho I’m a boii. I relly recommend this 2 ppl b/c it’s relly relatable. Thanks.

  5. 5 Sarah Rutherford February 15, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Hey guys i loved this book so much that when i was finished reading it two days later i went out and bought the book i read it as a young teen and it really got to me because i was like Julie but i didn’t do the picture thing i was the one getting bullied so if you haven’t read this book i highly recomened this book to young teens and mothers with young teens and even teachers thanks it was an amazing book i loved it

  6. 6 Courtney, March 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    im actually reading this now. its a good book so far, i really like it, and i have to do a research on you of questions i have to answer, well i gotta get back to schoool. write back please, have a nice day (:

    <3/ COURTNEY

  7. 7 isabel barela January 24, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    this is a great book im enjoying reading it its also a great interesting book to read cause it teaches people about bullying and standing up for themselves(:

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