Photography & Country Ballads ~ Let’s Discuss Pixelated by L.S. Murphy

Senior Year.
Middle of nowhere.
What’s the new girl to do?

For Piper Marks, the answer is simple. She’s determined to have her photography rock the cover of National Geographic someday, and moving to Clarkton, Iowa for her last year of high school is not going to stop her. Even if her usual subjects have changed from bright lights and skyscrapers to fields, cows…and more fields.

But when photographer at the local paper quits in a huff, she steps into his spot. Her new job keeps Piper busy capturing tackles, and zooming in on first downs and end zone dances, not to mention putting her directly in the path of varsity football star Les Williams IV. Her new friends warn her off, but she can’t resist the pull she feels toward this mysterious country boy. But this small town is keeping a secret, and it’s one that could destroy any chance they have to be together.

It’s up to Piper to decide what to do with the distorted truth. Can she risk exposing her heart? It might be worth it, ’cause Les is about to change her world from black and white to fully saturated color.’


Pixelated by L.S. Murphy

Format & Pages: Kindle Edition, 226

Published: June 30th 2015, Bloomsbury Spark

Source: Author’s Request

Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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COVER REVIEW: A little too romance-novelish, what with the soft grey lighting and seductive pose. 

Overall Feeling 1

A devilishly charming contemporary from an outstanding author, this book will suck you in and leave you begging for more.

The Characters

These characters were fantastic! Obviously, this book was a little short at only 226 pages long, but I felt like their personalities were really developed and interesting.

Piper Marks is our protagonist, and she just moved from St Louis to Kansas for a year. I liked Piper a lot! I thought she was realistic and surprisingly badass. Her photography skills made her really interesting, and I just liked reading about her photo shoots and blog because I love photography as well, so I could kinda relate. The only criticism I would have for her, was that she got a little selfish at times (maybe it’s just me, but she was a bit of a prat here and there).

Les, our love interest who plays football, was f**king adorable. I’m serious, I would marry him this instant if he was here. He was generous, kind, sweet, affectionate, and kind of territorial/protective of Piper, which made for some pretty hilarious scenes.

Piper’s mom and dad were really amazing, and their whole relationship seemed just so true and down to earth. Even though it was pretty sad, I enjoyed reading about it (it didn’t turn out to be a cheap way to move the plot along).

The Plot

So Piper’s moved to Kansas with her mom and stepdad for a year. She has to go to school and make new friends, join new clubs, etc. And then she bumps into Les, and gets a crush on him, and he starts talking to her, and so on and so forth. That’s basically the entire novel. NO SPOILERS.

For such a quick and rather mediocre plotline, the entire novel did blend out well and the pace was fast enough to make things interesting. The twists were not totally ‘surprising’, but fun and quirky.

Pros and Cons


-Les was so adorkable!!!

-Photography! Yay!

-Best friends that are super cool

-A very happy ending


-There were a few lines in the book that seemed to be repeated, such as “_____ is not my idea of a good time.”

-The makout scene! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr so cliche!

Final Thoughts

I have honestly not had great experiences with author-provided books lately, so I wasn’t really expecting this teensy little contemporary to work out for me, but it was surprisingly good. Ignore the not-so-great cover and go read it! 🙂

Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


 L.S. Murphy lives in the Greater St. Louis area where she watches Cardinals baseball, reads every book she can find, and weaves tales for teens and adults. When not doing all of the above, she tends to The Bean (aka her daughter), her husband and a menagerie of pets.

She is a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the St. Louis Writer’s Guild.


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