Book Review–Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown



This is the 38th book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.


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Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown
Published May 21st 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


Ashleigh’s boyfriend, Kaleb, is about to leave for college, and Ashleigh is worried that he’ll forget about her while he’s away. So at a legendary end-of-summer pool party, Ashleigh’s friends suggest she text him a picture of herself — sans swimsuit — to take with him. Before she can talk herself out of it, Ashleigh strides off to the bathroom, snaps a photo in the full-length mirror, and hits “send.”

But when Kaleb and Ashleigh go through a bad breakup, Kaleb takes revenge by forwarding the text to his baseball team. Soon the photo has gone viral, attracting the attention of the school board, the local police, and the media. As her friends and family try to distance themselves from the scandal, Ashleigh feels completely alone — until she meets Mack while serving her court-ordered community service. Not only does Mack offer a fresh chance at friendship, but he’s the one person in town who received the text of Ashleigh’s photo — and didn’t look.

Acclaimed author Jennifer Brown brings readers a gripping novel about honesty and betrayal, redemption and friendship, attraction and integrity, as Ashleigh finds that while a picture may be worth a thousand words . . . it doesn’t always tell the whole story.




I loved Jennifer Brown’s Hate List so I’ve been wondering how the rest of her books are. This one was pretty good. It involved a topic I haven’t read about before or know much about–sexting. The main character was easy to like and feel sorry for. I think most of us can recall things we regret doing in our life that seemed right at the time. This was how I felt about Ashleigh and the entire incident.

It was harder to feel bad for her ex, Kaleb. Then again, I didn’t like him to begin with. It’s hard to feel bad for someone who would send classmates a revealing picture of your ex. I don’t care what your ex supposedly did–you don’t send something like that to other people, especially if they are still under 18.

Like Hate List, this book felt pretty realistic in regards to the settings, plot, and character. I liked the introduction of Mack and how he became a friend for Ashleigh. It was nice to see an actual girl-boy friendship without romance as well. I also really loved the relationship between Ashleigh and her mother–very sweet.

I’d definitely recommend this one to teens.








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