Monday, May 20, 2013

Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown

Thousand Words
Release Date: May 21st, 2013
Publisher: Little Brown | Hachette Canada
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 288 Pages
Series: Stand Alone
Format: Hardcover
Source: From publisher
Reason: For review
Find the Author: Website | Twitter
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

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.

Jennifer Brown had me at Hello. I became an instant fan of hers since I read Hate List, and have since read all of her works(And loving each one!). When I learned about her upcoming novel, Thousand Words, tackling an issue that seems to be happening more and more everyday I couldn't wait to see what she would do with it.

I shouldn't be surprised that it was just perfect. Jennifer Brown's writing style and character building  was right on point. Even though I knew the basic premise of this story, I couldn't help but really like Kaleb in the beginning; He seemed like your typical sweetheart. Then it turns ugly, and poor Ashleigh has to endure the affects of a spur of the moment decision, that ended up with long lasting consequences.

My heart literally ached for Ashleigh. I could feel every hit and blow that was tossed her way. I wanted to defend her, and snatch her away from the cruelness of the situation.  Though, she handled it well. I think better than I would have if it were me. She was a very strong character! 

I also loved the pacing of the story, the way Jennifer Brown had everything unfold. There was no beginning, middle and end. It was all woven together in a way that gave it a little Mystery. Making me fly through the pages and never ever to stop at just one chapter! The Past to Present structure was a perfect touch!

Jennifer Brown tackled another tough topic and she did it just right. She pens some of the most intense character casts I have come across, and touches on issues the a lot of authors shy away from; The thing is teens DO go through these things! I love how Jennifer Brown rises to the challenge to bring this issues to the surface.

In Today's Day, Thousand Words should definitely be required reading for Young Adults in school. Maybe reading about the consequences and what happens AFTER the fact, would result in a change of heart, and would be saved a whole world of hurt.

Jennifer Brown does it again!

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