* "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
Présentation de l'éditeur
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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Solid but lacking something bigger13 août 2013
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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.
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A realistic novel portraying teen issues4 juin 2013
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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.
A solid novel, but lacking something15 juin 2014
Hope LaGrois (from Hope's Bookshelf)
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What can I say about this book? I almost loved it and loathed it at the same time. I loved the topic of this book: sexting. I feel like this is a taboo subject in YA books. It is something that a lot of teenagers do (the stat in the book is that 1 in 5 of people 12-18 has sent or received a nude image! Wow!), yet hasn't really been written about until Thousand Words.
Jennifer Brown wrote in the style I have come to love since Hate List. In this book, we get snippets of Ashleigh's life before and as the sexting scandal was happening, with alternating chapters telling the story of the aftermath of her actions and her community service requirement. I thought it was interesting getting the story told to me this way, and after reading it, I don't think I could have read it any other way.
The characters were irritating at times. While the main character was easy to relate to, and you felt her pain as you were imagining what that would be like if it was you, there were minor characters that frustrated me on occasion. It is hard to say if it was just the choices they were making, or what... it was just something where certain characters just didn't seem like they were developed as they should be.
I also felt as if this book moved slow. There were times when I felt like the story was moving at a pace that was good, and then all the sudden it felt like it just slowed down. That made it difficult to get through at some points.
This book was good, don't get me wrong. But at the same time it is lacking that something to make this story an amazing one.
Overall, however, I still think that this is a good book for anyone to read. It deals with a hard subject that is very prevelant in our society, yet is hardly ever talked about. However, I still prefer Brown's debut, Hate List, over this one.
Sexting and Teen Drama30 mars 2014
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Format: Format Kindle
Many people do not want to realize that Sexting can have a larger impact in the individual's life and those around them. This book brings it to readers everywhere in a realistic and thought provoking way.
Nik's Nook Book Review9 décembre 2013
Nicole L. Terrano
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Synopsis: Ashleigh Maynard’s boyfriend was getting ready to head off to college, and Ashleigh was afraid that Kaleb would forget about her. While at an end-of-summer party, Ashleigh’s friends drunkenly convince her that the best way to be sure he won’t forget her is to send him a picture – not just any picture; a naked picture. Everything goes according to plan when Kaleb receives the picture; however, when Kaleb leaves for college, their relationship goes south, and the picture goes viral. Now, Ashleigh is left picking up the pieces of her life at Community Service, which she must serve for committing a crime she was not even aware of. In Community Service, Ashleigh beings to learn that what others think does not define her.
Opinion: This is a book that carries a message that teenagers today NEED to know. Ashleigh does something without realizing what the consequences could be. This is something that teenagers today do regularly. Reading a book about the after-effects of a split-second decision is something that might help teenagers realize that their actions have consequences, and they need to think things through before acting. I really liked the main character Ashleigh. The friend she makes during Community Service, Mack, was a wonderful character who helps show Ashleigh who she really is. I really enjoyed this book. All in all, a book that sends a very relevant message.