As a book blogger, I often hear praise about certain authors - about how great their books are, and Jennifer Brown is one of them. This was my first experience with one her books and while it wasn’t everything I hoped it would be - it would still an incredible book.
One picture changed Ashleigh’s life. She sent a mature photo to her boyfriend, thinking it was a way to keep him interested when he leaves for college. Everything was fine and dandy, until they broke up and suddenly everyone had her picture.
Jennifer Brown dealt with something in this book that is really relevant to what teenagers go through. Sexting and the possible consequences of doing so. I don’t know if there’s a book that has dealt with this particular topic, but Jennifer Brown definitely did a good job of telling Ashleigh’s story. I actually had a friend a few years back who dealt with something fairly similar to what Ashleigh goes through, but nowhere near as severe. She sent a picture to a guy, and somehow said picture got around to everyone and she was practically shunned by everyone in the area. So, this book really resonated with me in the sense of how Ashleigh’s friends reacted.
Ashleigh’s story - while ultimately a quick read, wasn’t one that was easy for me to read. It sucks that something so horrible could happen to her, but I think what really sucked - was that she could not own up to the fact that maybe what she did was wrong. I’m nowhere near blaming her, but if she could have matured in some way and realized that had she not sent the picture the entire situation could have been avoided. Thankfully, by the end of the book she had matured quite a bit - it was just a slow process.
Thousand Words is a book that needs to be read. I’m not familiar with Jennifer Browns other novels, but I’ll definitely be looking into them in the future because from what I can conclude they all deal with relevant heavy topics. Contemporary lovers will definitely enjoy this one, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a book about a hard hitting relevant topic.