Thousand Words

Thousand Words 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 s

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 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.

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  1. Two time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award 2005 2006 , Jennifer s weekly humor column appeared in The Kansas City Star for over four years, until she gave it up to be a full time young adult novelist Jennifer s debut novel, HATE LIST Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009 received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA Perfect Ten, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year HATE LIST also won the Michigan Library Association s Thumbs Up Award, the Louisiana Teen Readers Choice award, the 2012 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award, was an honorable mention for the 2011 Arkansas Teen Book Award, is a YALSA 2012 Popular Paperback, received spots on the Texas Library Association s Taysha s high school reading list as well as the Missouri Library Association s Missouri Gateway Awards list, and has been chosen to represent the state of Missouri in the 2012 National Book Festival in Washington, DC Jennifer s second novel, BITTER END, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011 received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA and is listed on the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list and is a 2012 Taysha s high school reading list pick as well.Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.

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  1. 3.5 stars Thousand Words is somewhat of a modern cautionary tale A timely and relevant topic of discussion for YA readers.The full text of this review appears in The Midnight Garden An advance copy was provided by the publisher There are links to interesting articles related to the book s subject on our blog.

  2. Wow This should be listed as required reading for middle and high school Relevant, topical and all too real.A picture is worth a thousand words.No truer statement than that, especially when it involves a seventeen year old high school junior who while intoxicated took a picture of herself, sans her clothes, and texted it to her boyfriend After a nasty breakup, Ashleigh s ex boyfriend Kaleb callously forwards the text and her picture only to have it circulate to an entire school and its neighbori [...]

  3. The first Jennifer Brown book I read made me an instant fan of her work, and Thousand Words shows me she has than one story to tell one she tells admirably This time, we meet a girl Ashleigh who had her life turned upside down when a private picture text to her boyfriend goes viral With technology allowing us constant and worldwide communication, sexting is an issue that was not even possible when I was in high school way to make me feel old , so stories like these are real eye openers to the d [...]

  4. A picture s worth a thousand words but they don t tell the whole story Jennifer Brown is an author I ve been meaning to read from for a while now I know she writes about sensitive issues that are relevant in this generation, and I respect her for that For being being able to open up the eyes of the youth and even people past their youth to different kinds of problems that other teens and people are experiencing.Thousand Words explores an issue that not a lot of us I d assume are concerned about, [...]

  5. Initial reaction Reading Jennifer Brown s books always seem to punch me so hard in the gut I feel like I m close to tears or bawling Reading this book hurt in places and I was impressed at how real an account it was But it did have some issues.Full review I m keeping it at 3.5 stars, because while there are some great moments in this book, there aret so great moments when it comes to showing elaborating on the particular topic at hand Some of those not so great moments left me questioning how hi [...]

  6. When Amanda Todd s story went viral, I had many friends tell me that she d deserved everything that happened to her she deserved to have been bullied, she deserved to have felt suicidal, she was outrageously stupid and gross Disgusting , insulting , desperate and slutty were words that were thrown around from tones dripping with hatred, as if people had the right to feel personally destroyed for the simple reason being that they d heard of the scandal All the while I sat there, trying not to jud [...]

  7. This was like reading an After School Special And that isn t a good thing It s a very important message with a thin plot and flat characters And there were literally statistics about sexting in the book Statistics I would read a PSA if I wanted that I didn t find any character to be particularly sympathetic, even Ashleigh I didn t particularly care about her at any point Basically, it s a lot of telling instead of showing And a little disappointing since I m pretty sure I enjoyed The Hate List T [...]

  8. I ve always loved how Jennifer Brown s books comment on social issues This one was no different, and the plot seemed captivating and realistic.Still, I didn t really care for the romance part I understand that romance is EVERYWHERE in YA fiction, but I felt like it took too much away from the important message.

  9. So the part in the blurb that says, he s the one person in town who received the text of Ashleigh s photo and didn t look is what made me click that want to read button This one sounds really interesting Got to watch out for this book.

  10. Thousand Words was probably my most anticipated read ever, and it sure lived up to it s standards The only thing I didn t like was how Ashleigh was constantly playing the victim in the situation She blamed everyone else for the spreading of her nude pictures but herself, to which if weren t taken by her, nothing would of happened I understand that Rachel shouldn t have talked her into it, or that Vonnie shouldn t of violated Kaleb s house, or that Kaleb or Nate or whomever shouldn t of spread th [...]

  11. I actually don t know why this book has such a low rating on since it voiced an important issue that my generation most definitely has everything is pictured and filmed and instantly published without no shame or thoughts about the consequences In my opinion, Thousand Words is a great novel for teenagers to read and offers thoughts to grown ups as well People talked Let them talk Nothing I could do to stop them They knew the thousand words, but they didn t know the rest of the story The story As [...]

  12. A PICTURE S WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS.BUT THEY DON T TELL THE WHOLE STORY.3.5 starsI remember an incident that happened in our City not too long ago about the same thing Sexting Apparently, sending naked pictures about oneself, or just forwarding the text, was not unusual as we are run and mostly living thru the technology Teens are probably skilled on the technical stuff rather than their parents as we are loose and will likely tinker on what s new And cellular phones are much of a greater level [...]

  13. Thousand Words is my first Jennifer Brown read and I can assure you this won t be my last.I was rendered speechless with her raw writing.Thousand Words tell the story of Ashleigh In her drunken stupor and peer pressure of her friends She sent her boyfriend a nude picture of herself thinking it would make him enad with her when he leaves for college where he ll be surrounded with other girls while she s still stuck in high school for two years And when shit goes down, she didn t expected her ph [...]

  14. I must say Jennifer brown is one of my favourite young adult fiction writers She fakes some fantastic issues relevant to today s kids and weaves emotional well written stories, this one is no exception Ashleigh has no idea of the consequences when she sends a picture of herself naked in a text to her boyfriend After a breakup, Kaleb sends the picture to some friends who send it to some friends and soon not just some people know, but everyone knows Ashleigh is ostracized, she loses her friends a [...]

  15. Jennifer Brown n o erra Uma das melhores autoras YA que lida com temas s rios e que exigem muito tato e conhecimento por tr s para serem discutidos.Gostei que o livro n o caiu em um clich MUITO f cil e a personagem bem realista durante o livro inteiro N o tem super vitimiza o nem se deixar levar pela vitimiza o dos outros e come a a pensar que o lado dela menos pior Vou fazer uma resenha em v deo completa

  16. Ashleigh sent her boyfriend a nude picture as a way for him to think of her and remember her when he leaves for college So he doesn t get distracted by other girls while she s still stuck in high school for a couple years What she didn t expect was for that photo to become viral among her classmates and even among those outside her school Worse, she didn t expect to be arrested, see the inside of a courtroom, nor work through a community service punishment to make up for this little present to [...]

  17. People talked Let them talk Nothing I could do to stop them They knew the thousand words, but they didn t know the rest of the story This book focuses on a very serious issue that teenagers need to be aware of sexting, and shows how peer pressure can play a bigger role than we can think.The plot Ashleigh is worried her boyfriend, Kaleb will forget her now that he s gone off to college So when her friends suggest she send him a picture he can never forget, she goes off and sends him a picture of [...]

  18. We ve all done things that we re not proud of But what would you do when what you did spirals out of your control That s what Ashleigh must now face Serving court ordered community service is not fun Attempting to stay invisible at school is not possible How can she be herself when everyone is judging her without giving her a chance to say her truth This is a story I devour in one setting It s a quick read and I feel sad learning what goes through Ashleigh s mind before and after the incident I [...]

  19. Oh jeez, I m not too sure why I m doing this to myself After having read The Revenge and doing a long review on doxing, the importance of educating teens, and the subsequent effects sharing personal info and pictures have on individuals, I have little to nothing left for this review Things I enjoyed 1 It shines light on a very important issue doxing 2 There was little romance, and instead, the story focused on a girl who needs to heal and discover who she is after a terrible event.3 Portrays the [...]

  20. Despu s de leer Hate List ten a las expectativas bastante altas con este libro y, aunque me ha gustado, se me ha quedado un poco light El tema me ha parecido interesante, muy de actualidad y que de verdad te hace reflexionar mientras lees pero los personajes se me hicieron algo planos y a la mayor a no llegamos ni a conocerlos del todo Al menos me result una lectura amena y lo de ir mezclando el presente con el pasado me gust bastante, al igual que la forma en la que la autora aborda el tema de [...]

  21. Sinds gisteren staat mijn recensie van Hot Shot online Ben jij al bekend met welke gevaren sexting heeft Ashleigh in elk geval nog nietBenieuwd hoe haar verhaal gaat Lees dan hier de rest van mijn recensie teaatpemberley.wordpress

  22. Reviewed Enticed by Books When reading an issue book, I always judge it on how well the said issue was covered and the level of my emotional connection with the story character, and while reading Thousand Words I never felt that connection I could see what the character was going through and could easily sympathize with her, but I guess the impact I was waiting for throughout the story, never really hit me Nevertheless, Thousand Words was a very educational read regarding the topic of sexting I [...]

  23. I was quick to bump THOUSAND WORDS to the top of my reading pile because of my love for author Jennifer Brown She has fast become one of my favorite contemporary authors because I love the way she deals with gritty issues in such a head on manner creates characters that I can really empathize with Her latest novel delivered everything that I have come to expect from her and while I did long to be a bit moved emotionally, I came out having met characters that I really connected with in a story t [...]

  24. I honestly believe that this generation has it harder than everyone else when it comes to media Social media that is The amount of selfies taken, with young girls and guys, barely there clothing it shocking When I was little, there was nooo way that I would ever pose the way youth pose today So reading this book, gave a great insight on what pressures youth go through today.Plot This is about a girl, who takes a nude frontal chest picture and sends it to her then boyfriend They fight, breakup an [...]

  25. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum Like a lot of people, Ashleigh made a dumb mistake Feeling saucy while a bit tipsy, she decides to take a nudey pic of herself and send it to her boyfriend to remind him what he will be missing while away at college She never guessed that they would break up or what a nightmare she would find herself a part of when her ex forwards the text to someone else Now everyone and I mean EVERYONE has seen the text, Ashleigh a complete social pariah at school, and t [...]

  26. Usually when I have a 3.5 situation I upgrade it to a 4, but I just couldn t bring myself to do that with this one I always like Jennifer Brown s writing, and this was no exception she s probably my favorite author doing Issue Books these days Here, she wrote about an extremely relevant topic, tossed on an interesting and terrifying angle, and she did it well.The thing is, I felt like I was reading A Cautionary Tale, rather than a novel Ashleigh was so self centered and whiny, and I wasn t reall [...]

  27. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.But is it really This was a powerful subject matter, the author was clever in the way she wrote it, it wasn t too intense and I liked that I liked that it still had depth but wasn t in your face The whole way through this book I couldn t figure out how I felt.Was it her fault Was it his Was she selfish Did she deserve it Was she a victim In the end I realised that the questions that I kept pondering was what the author aimed for me to feel This [...]

  28. I swear, Jennifer Brown writes some of the most powerful stories I have ever read They always bring me to my knees, have me cringing and yet asking for I honestly believe every single girl, teenager or adult, should read this novel It reveals the dire consequences behind something as simple as sending a naked picture of yourself to your boyfriend From someone who has been best friends with boys her entire life, I guarantee you that those pictures are never private Nothing is ever innocent, and [...]

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