Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown is a disturbing novel about how a simple careless action can nearly ruin a life. Ashleigh Maynard is an A honor roll student, cross country runner and an all around non-risk taker/rule follower. She is a junior in high school dating a college bound guy. After having a drink or two and getting egged on by some of her friends at a party Ashleigh decided to take a picture and send it to her boyfriend, Kaleb, so that he would remember her while at college. The detail that made the picture catastrophic was that she took it minus the clothing. Unfortunately, Kaleb and Ashleigh had a messy break-up and Kaleb forwarded the picture to his contact list and the picture went viral. Ashleigh’s one simple action of hitting “send” on a text message caused her world to crumble in on her. Thousand Words is about Ashleigh’s journey through her sexting nightmare, and how she overcame the challenges of her colossal mistake.
I appreciate Thousand Words. It talked about a current-day issue amongst teens: sexting and how it is much more than sending one picture to a boyfriend/girlfriend. This book had the potential of being preachy, but it wasn’t. Ashleigh was a painstakingly realistic character. She made a stupid and silly mistake that ruined most of her junior year and would stick with her for the rest of her life.
Before reading this novel I knew what sexting was, but didn’t know too much about it. This book went through all of the consequences that sexting brings. Ashleigh’s boyfriend was 18 so he could be registered as a sex offender, her parents both worked in education so their jobs were at risk, and the picture got out to way more people than Ashleigh ever imagined.
Thousand Words is a heavy book, but the moral of the book is an important one. I plowed through Thousand Words in a day. It was highly entertaining, and I liked it more than I expected. I recommend this novel to people who want to read a contemporary, but don’t want to read a completely light-hearted contemporary. Look for this one on the shelves in May!
~ Post by Erin
About the Book
Title: Thousand Words
Author: Jennifer Brown
Release Date: May 21, 2013