Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Exposure

'Exposure' is one of Mal Peet's soccer novels, featuring the sports journalist Paul Faustino.

Don't worry if, like me, you are totally clueless about soccer. Keep reading this amazing book!

Otello is a South American soccer player who has been transferred from a northern team to play for the well known southern team, Rialto for a price - fifty million dollars. The stakes are high. He meets and falls in love with Desmeralda, a singer with a mega star notoriety. The pair marry but their marriage attracts enemies. There are those who wish to use this multi-racial superstar couple for their own ends and who wish to ultimately destroy them.

Paul Faustino is a cynical but likeable character who has been following Otello's journey and he becomes embroiled in a scandal that takes him far out of his depth.

'Exposure' is original and engaging. I couldn't put this book down. Once I had finished I then began to read  Mal Peet's other young adult novels which are also outstanding.

I was saddened when I recently discovered that Mal Peet died earlier this year (2015) so it is fitting to acknowledge the wonderful contribution he has made to teen fiction.

~ Ann

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