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* "Thousand Words is a powerful, timely, and compulsively readable story...This is an excellent choice for book discussions and a must-purchase for all libraries."―VOYA, starred review

"Brown brings her characteristic raw honesty to this wrenching story....Sensitive and genuine."―Publishers Weekly

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I bit my lip as I typed in the words "sexting and teens" and hit "search." Articles popped up, one after another, and I groaned inwardly. Most of them were about me.

Ashleigh's boyfriend, Kaleb, is about to leave for college. So at a legendary end-of-summer pool party, Ashleigh's friends suggest that she text him a picture of herself -- sans swimsuit -- to take with him. Before she can change her mind, Ashleigh has snapped a photo and hit "send."

But when Kaleb and Ashleigh go through a bad breakup, Kaleb forwards 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. In the midst of the scandal, Ashleigh feels completely alone -- until she meets Mack at 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 delivers a gripping novel about honesty, betrayal, redemption, and friendship, as Ashleigh finds that while a picture may be worth a thousand words . . . it doesn't always tell the whole story.

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5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Solid but lacking something bigger 13 août 2013
Par Khy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Jennifer Brown's debut novel, Hate List , was one of my favorites of 2009 and I've read all of her books since then. None of them have ever matched the first since they seem to get more about the issue and less about the characters, and while I like Thousand Words more than some of her other work, it lacked a certain emotional connection that would have made me love it.

I was actually quite pleased to find that Thousand Words is not overly preachy. The premise sounds like a standard after-school special, and because half the book is set during the community service Ashleigh is supposed to learn from, it could have easily been more "sexting is bad here are statistics why!!!" While there were parts that seemed far too exaggerated, the switch between past and present allowed for more of a "fade to black" than a "now here is the terrible story of how I got here" thing-- a much more subtle discussion of the many issues involved in this story.

However, I think the constant switch-up was more detrimental overall because I felt no real connection to the characters in either half. The community service bits were short and never spent enough time making anyone seem less than unnecessarily hostile or stupid. The characters in the sections about the past were similarly flat, and I never managed to figure out why Ashleigh was ever friends with any of them, especially when they never spent any time trying to help her out. I could not even manage to figure out why Ashleigh was so attached to Kaleb, since the novel doesn't spend much time on their relationship before Kaleb heads to college and Ashleigh goes into "crazy jealous" mode. Her irrational behavior made me dislike Ashleigh, if anything, and not even her "redeemed" self in the community service chapters made her any more appealing.

Not the 300 page moral lesson it could have been because of some subtle transitions, but lacking the character development and emotion that could have made it truly enjoyable.
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A realistic novel portraying teen issues 4 juin 2013
Par Kris - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
The story alters between the past when Ashleigh gets herself into the sexting scandal and the present when Ashleigh is serving time doing community service by creating a pamphlet on sexting. Through the alternating storylines, we get a better feel for who Ashleigh is and how the sexting scandal impacts her life.

It was hard to relate to Ashleigh. If I hadn't met her during community service first... if I hadn't met her after the sexting scandal changed her life... I doubt I'd have given her a chance. As it is, I have a love-hate relationship with Ashleigh. I think the biggest problem is that we come from such different areas of life. Though Ashleigh was an honors student, she is a party girl. She drinks, she makes out a lot with Kaleb, and she's clingy. She causes the breakup because of her inability to trust Kaleb, and I think she realizes this later on. And both she and Kaleb hold partial responsibility for the sexting scandal, another fact that she acknowledges.

At the same time, I do sympathize with her. The whole point of this novel is how situations can fall out of our control so easily. Ashleigh is a normal girl. And as much as I disprove of what she did, she did text the nude photo of herself out of love, though later events prove how fragile her love was. She never had sex with her boyfriend, but people begin calling her a slut, both in person and online where people have posted her picture. She's afraid to go out because she doesn't know who has seen her photo and what they'll say to her. And she has to live with the guilt at home with an angry father and disappointed mother on top of her own shame and embarrassment. All because she was desperate to keep her boyfriend's affections. Looking at her story from this light, it's really sad what happens to her.

At the center where Ashleigh puts in her community service hours, she finds healing--through research on sexting and also her meeting with Mack, a large boy who offers solid friendship and a unique, albeit brutally honest, perspective on life. Mack is a quiet guy who doesn't say much about himself; because of that, everything he says and does has significance. He doesn't rush into things. I think this is important to Ashleigh because she needs someone who doesn't judge her based off a rash decision she made while intoxicated. I also like the friendship that forms between them. It's nice to see a novel where the romance is in the past, where a guy and girl can meet without sparks flying between them.

Thousand Words is about how while a picture is said to be worth a thousand words, it still can't tell the full story. It is a story about healing, forgiveness (of both yourself and others), and the reality of life. Ashleigh and Kaleb can't undo their actions, and they have to live with what they did for the rest of their lives. What they can do, what Ashleigh chooses to do, is move forward. I like how the story ends on a note of hope before the full conclusions of all the effects of Ashleigh's actions because this is what she needed, what we need to see from her story. I recommend this for those looking for a realistic novel portraying teen issues.
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Eye Opening 14 novembre 2013
Par Michael Hickerson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
With summer winding down, Ashleigh is becoming more and more concerned about her relationship with Kaleb.

Kaleb is getting ready to head off for college but instead of wanting to spend more time with her, he's off with his baseball team buddies. At the end-of-summer epic swim party, Ashleigh tells a couple of friends about her frustration and one of them suggests that she give Kaleb something to remember her by -- a racy photo taken on her cell phone.

Ashleigh summons up her courage and instead of just sending Kaleb a topless photo, she shucks her entire bikini, snaps the picture and sends it to him. After seeing it, Kaleb is stunned and promises to keep the picture a secret.

Which is all well and good until Kaled heads off to college and he and Ashley break-up. After a huge fight, the photo in question begins to make the rounds of her classmates, eventually being distributed to the entire school and posted on-line.

While Ashleigh wishes the entire issue would just go away, it becomes less and less likely as the media catches wind of the story. It doesn't help that her father is a leader in the school district who has come under fire and the picture only lends fuel to the fire of those who oppose him.

It's books like this one that make me glad I'm not a teenager today. I'm not sure I'd survive.

Jennifer Brown's Thousand Words plays on the old adage that a picture really is worth a thousand words. It also points out how an impulsive decision can have a significant impact on not only the parties involved but others in the community. Ashleigh's photo leads to charges against her and an arrest. Kaleb's role in distributing the photo also has negative consequences for him -- some even more severe since he sent the picture after his eighteenth birthday.

In all of this, Ashleigh struggles to understand why Kaleb would do this and why one of her friends put her name and phone number onto the photo before sending it onto others. Ashleigh's frustration and struggles with her decision and her desperate attempts to keep it a secret or contained feel utterly authentic and will linger with you long after the book is finished.

Unfortunately, I have to say that this one isn't quite as compelling as Brown's Hate List. Part of it is that the middle third of the novel feels like a lot of treading water as we wait for the other shoe to drop once the incriminating photo goes into distribution. I can see what Brown is trying to do and have us experience the ride along with Ashleigh, but it still made the middle section drag a bit too much.

Thousand Words can be a warning to not only teens but also those authority figures in their lives. Ashleigh learns the hard way that things can and will linger on-line, possibly forever. And it's fascinating to see the unintended consequences of a rash decision by a young adult and just how it can not only impact his or her life, but also the lives of those around them.
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Good Things About This One But Didn't Blow Me Away! 30 septembre 2013
Par J. L. Bennett - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Here's the thing -- I think what Thousand Words tackled and how it was portrayed was phenomenal. I think it's an important book for teens in this age because sexting is a HUGE issue along with other abuses of technology. It's a story that needs to be talked about because it sheds light in an honest and accessible way on this issue and also could help teens who SEE these things happen speak up and not further victimize the victim. However, I just had very "in the middle" feelings about it outside of that.

The story was told in a way where we knew WHAT happened up front and then we got alternating chapters of how the whole thing unfolded plus the present day. It was interesting to read the present day and the foundation for where she is now side by side. The whole mess was hard to read and it was really sad to see how she was ostracized at school and even among friends who knew the truth. There was a lot of victim blaming in this one and it was so hard to read about though it felt sadly realistic.

The even stronger point, I thought, in the whole story was how it affected her and her parents -- their relationship and the effect on her parents' life! There was also a lot to think about in terms of consequences for Ashleigh and many other people in this story and I appreciated that added dimension to the story because I didn't think about some of the consequences as the story began. It made the story feel very complete to me as I battled with what was unfair and fair in this situation when it came to the people impacted by this act (Ashleigh, Kaleb, the bystanders, how her parents were impacted).

I think what is so important about the plot of this book is how realistic it is. It was completely plausible. I mean, the main character is a little drunk at a party and her girlfriends encourage her to make her boyfriend wish he was there with her so she sends her BOYFRIEND a naked pic of herself. After they go through a nasty break up months later, he sets the picture free and suddenly she is caught up in a major scandal and everyone is calling her a whore and slut and circulating nasty rumors. I can imagine many girls out there have done something that they thought was innocent in nature because it was just to their boyfriend and luckily, for some of them, nothing ever gets out but others aren't so lucky. Sexting aside, in this era with all the technology, there are so many situations that could happen like this when your every move seems to be documented and mistakes are hard to erase.

While I thought the overall story was good, I just had a hard time connecting with Ashleigh. Sure I felt bad for her but I really didn't feel like I got much from her and she seemed very one dimensional in some ways. I wanted a little more depth with her emotions. I understood her embarrassment but I wanted to get past the surface and really FEEL her emotions and I didn't. I also thought a lot of the other characters were very bland and rudimentary so that was kind of disappointing because I'm definitely one who needs to FEEL something strongly towards a character (doesn't even have to be a LIKE of them). The story just felt really impersonal to me though I thought it was good story.
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Great story but lacking something... 15 janvier 2015
Par dylan calvert - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Review originally on my blog bookaholicsreviews.blogspot.com SPOILERS LIE AHEAD DON'T SAY I DIDN'T WARN YOU!!

I thought that this book was okay. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked it but there are a few issues I had with this novel.

1)The characters!
I was never realty able to relate with any of the characters which could really harm someone’s liking of a book.

2)The Message!!
So I get how the author wanted to show how sexting can ruin someone's life but I thought that...I don't know I just thought that something was lacking to make this story better than it was. I never felt like the main character had to go through anything because of the mistake that she made.

3)The Romance!!

I think that we all thought that Ashleigh and Mack were going to get together but it never happened!UGG

4)The Ending!!
I simply just thought that the everything being okay for Ashleigh was a little too far fetched and that it was a little weird that she didn’t have to go through anything.

Starred Rating:3 out of 5 stars
Page Count:304 pages
Publisher:Little Brown Books For Young Readers
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