“A picture is worth a thousand words, but they don’t tell the whole story.”
Ashleigh’s boyfriend, Kaleb, was going away. It was the end: he would be at college, and she would be stuck in high school for another two years.
So Ashleigh’s friends got an idea. What if she sent Kaleb a naked photo of herself? That way he would know what he was leaving behind and wouldn’t even think of flirting with all the older girls he would be around. Ashleigh strips down, points her cellphone at the mirror, and hits the send button.
"Fans of Brown’s past books and realistic fiction fans alike will not be able to put this one down!"
That is the last time she would feel happiness for quite a while.
Once again, Brown takes a tough topic and more or less smacks it in the face until people listen (her other books have covered topics including abusive relationships and dealing with anxiety-ridden family members.) This is what makes THOUSAND WORDS so great. Yes, this is a work of fiction, but the hard truth is still there. While alternating between Ashleigh’s court-ordered community service and the sexting scandal that got her there, readers get a look inside the emotional damage and relationship destruction that the photo lead to.
Fans of Brown’s past books and realistic fiction fans alike will not be able to put this one down!
Reviewed by Lexibex V. on April 28, 2013