Thousand Words

Brown, Jennifer. Thousand Words. New York: Little, Brown & Co., 2013. Print. ISBN 13: 9780316209724. Hardback. $17.99.

Annotation: When Ashleigh made a split-second decision to  text a naked photo of herself to her boyfriend, she had no idea just how far-reaching and damaging the consequences would be…especially after they broke up.

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I bit my lip and tried not to think about it as I typed in the words “sexting and teens” and hit “search.” Articles popped up, one after another, and I groaned inwardly.

Most of them were about me. 

Ashleigh Maynard made a mistake. A big one.

During a party, where she had a little too much to drink, Ashleigh texted a naked photo of herself to her then-boyfriend Kaleb. But then he went to college and their relationship ended. Badly.

Now Ash is left to deal with the fallout of Kaleb’s malicious decision to forward the photo. She suffers daily as classmates ridicule and harass her. Her father’s school administration career is in serious jeopardy. Ash has to complete community service for her part in the crime. That’s right – crime. She’s the topic of the local news stories and worst of all – she’s left wondering how long is this going to haunt her, after all, they say the internet is forever.

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Snack like Ash: Hot Tamales, Oreos, gummy bears, Starburst – anything from a vending machine with a high sugar content.

Quotables: “A picture’s worth a thousand words…but they don’t tell the whole story.”(pg 260)

“I was not my mistakes. I was not defined by anyone else. Only I got to say who I was.” (pg 272)

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YOUR OPTIONS: Thousand Words is available in print and eBook formats.

Anastasia Vito © 2014

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