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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  5,796 ratings  ·  657 reviews
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- ...more
Hardcover, 284 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Kayla I would of course recommend the rest of Jennifer Brown's books but, also check out Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It is one of my favorite…moreI would of course recommend the rest of Jennifer Brown's books but, also check out Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It is one of my favorites. It explores some of the same messages as this book.(less)

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Wendy Darling
3.5 stars Thousand Words is somewhat of a modern cautionary tale. A timely and relevant topic of discussion for YA readers.

The full text of this review appears in The Midnight Garden. An advance copy was provided by the publisher.*

*There are links to interesting articles related to the book's subject on our blog.
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, arc
The first Jennifer Brown book I read made me an instant fan of her work, and Thousand Words shows me she has more than one story to tell; one she tells admirably. This time, we meet a girl - Ashleigh - who had her life turned upside down when a private picture text to her boyfriend goes viral.

With technology allowing us constant and worldwide communication, sexting is an issue that was not even possible when I was in high school (way to make me feel old!), so stories like these are real eye ope
Wow! This should be listed as required reading for middle and high school. Relevant, topical and all too real.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

No truer statement than that, especially when it involves a seventeen year-old high school junior who while intoxicated took a picture of herself, sans her clothes, and texted it to her boyfriend. After a nasty breakup, Ashleigh’s ex-boyfriend Kaleb callously forwards the text and her picture only to have it circulate to an entire school and its neighb

"A picture's worth a thousand words... but they don't tell the whole story."

Jennifer Brown is an author I've been meaning to read from for a while now. I know she writes about sensitive issues that are relevant in this generation, and I respect her for that. For being being able to open up the eyes of the youth (and even people past their youth) to different kinds of problems that other teens and people are experiencing.

Thousand Words explores an issue that not a lot of us (I'd assume) are c
Initial reaction: Reading Jennifer Brown's books always seem to punch me so hard in the gut I feel like I'm close to tears or bawling. Reading this book hurt in places and I was impressed at how real an account it was. But it did have some issues.

Full review:

I'm keeping it at 3.5 stars, because while there are some great moments in this book, there are...not so great moments when it comes to showing/elaborating on the particular topic at hand. Some of those not so great moments left me questioni
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
This was like reading an After-School Special. And that isn't a good thing. It's a very important message with a thin plot and flat characters. And there were literally statistics about sexting in the book. Statistics. I would read a PSA if I wanted that.

I didn't find any character to be particularly sympathetic, even Ashleigh. I didn't particularly care about her at any point.

Basically, it's a lot of telling instead of showing. And a little disappointing since I'm pretty sure I enjoyed The Ha
When Amanda Todd’s story went viral, I had many friends tell me that she'd deserved everything that happened to her - she deserved to have been bullied, she deserved to have felt suicidal, she was outrageously stupid and gross. “Disgusting”, “insulting”, “desperate” and “slutty” were words that were thrown around from tones dripping with hatred, as if people had the right to feel personally destroyed for the simple reason being that they’d heard of the scandal. All the while I sat there, trying ...more
catherine ♡
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've always loved how Jennifer Brown's books comment on social issues. This one was no different, and the plot seemed captivating and realistic.

Still, I didn't really care for the romance part; I understand that romance is EVERYWHERE in YA fiction, but I felt like it took too much away from the more important message.
Jan Bethel
Oct 22, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wish-list
So the part in the blurb that says, "...he's the one person in town who received the text of Ashleigh's photo -- and didn't look." is what made me click that want-to-read button. This one sounds really interesting. Got to watch out for this book. ...more
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thousand Words was probably my most anticipated read ever, and it sure lived up to it's standards.

The only thing I didn't like was how Ashleigh was constantly playing the victim in the situation. She blamed everyone else for the spreading of her nude pictures but herself, to which if weren't taken by her, nothing would of happened. I understand that Rachel shouldn't have talked her into it, or that Vonnie shouldn't of violated Kaleb's house, or that Kaleb or Nate or whomever shouldn't of spread
Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination)
I actually don’t know why this book has such a low rating on Goodreads since it voiced an important issue that my generation most definitely has: everything is pictured and filmed and instantly published without no shame or thoughts about the consequences. In my opinion, Thousand Words is a great novel for teenagers to read and offers thoughts to grown-ups as well.

“People talked. Let them talk. Nothing I could do to stop them. They knew the thousand words, but they didn't know the rest of the st
Jun 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult


3.5 stars

I remember an incident that happened in our City not too long ago about the same thing. Sexting. Apparently, sending naked pictures about oneself, or just forwarding the text, was not unusual as we are run and mostly living thru the technology. Teens are probably more skilled on the technical stuff rather than their parents as we are more loose and will likely tinker on what's new. And cellular phones are much of
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Thousand Words is my first Jennifer Brown read and I can assure you this won’t be my last.
I was rendered speechless with her raw writing.

Thousand Words tell the story of Ashleigh. In her drunken stupor and peer pressure of her friends. She sent her boyfriend a nude picture of herself thinking it would make him more enamored with her when he leaves for college where he’ll be surrounded with other girls while she’s still stuck in high school for two more years. And when shit goes down, she didn’t
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
I must say Jennifer brown is one of my favourite young adult fiction writers. She fakes some fantastic issues relevant to today's kids and weaves emotional well written stories, this one is no exception.
Ashleigh has no idea of the consequences when she sends a picture of herself naked in a text to her boyfriend. After a breakup, Kaleb sends the picture to some friends who send it to some more friends and soon not just some people know, but everyone knows. Ashleigh is ostracized, she loses her f
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Ashleigh sent her boyfriend a nude picture as a way for him to think of her and remember her when he leaves for college. So he doesn't get distracted by other girls while she's still stuck in high school for a couple more years. What she didn't expect was for that photo to become viral among her classmates and even among those outside her school. Worse, she didn't expect to be arrested, see the inside of a courtroom, nor work through a community service punishment to make up for this little pres ...more
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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     When reading an issue book, I always judge it on how well the said issue was covered and the level of my emotional connection with the story/character, and while reading Thousand Words I never felt that connection. I could see what the character was going through and could easily sympathize with her, but I guess the impact I was waiting for throughout the story, never really hit me. Nevertheless, Thousand Words was a very educational read regarding the top
jelly frogs
“People talked. Let them talk. Nothing I could do to stop them. They knew the thousand words, but they didn't know the rest of the story.”

This book focuses on a very serious issue that teenagers need to be aware of -- sexting, and shows how peer pressure can play a bigger role than we can think.

The plot:

Ashleigh is worried her boyfriend, Kaleb will forget her now that he's gone off to college. So when her friends suggest she send him a picture he can never forget, she goes off and sends
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
We’ve all done things that we’re not proud of. But what would you do when what you did spirals out of your control?

That’s what Ashleigh must now face. Serving court-ordered community service is not fun. Attempting to stay invisible at school is not possible. How can she be herself when everyone is judging her without giving her a chance to say her truth?

This is a story I devour in one setting. It’s a quick-read and I feel sad learning what goes through Ashleigh’s mind before and after the incide
Bri Martinez •Books and Bri•
Oh jeez, I'm not too sure why I'm doing this to myself. After having read The Revenge and doing a long review on doxing, the importance of educating teens, and the subsequent effects sharing personal info and pictures have on individuals, I have little to nothing left for this review.

Things I enjoyed:

1. It shines light on a very important issue: doxing.
2. There was little romance, and instead, the story focused on a girl who needs to heal and discover who she is after a terrible event.
3. Portr
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
When Ashleigh send her boyfriend Kaleb a naked text, she doesn’t expect him to share it and she certainly doesn’t expect to be sentenced to community service for child pornography.

A THOUSAND WORDS is a cautionary tale about a teenager who is blamed and slut shamed when her boyfriend shares her naked photograph. He’s also charged with a crime and since he’s an adult the consequences could be even more dire. Though written a while back, Jennifer Brown’s story about how society makes girls and wome
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
As was the case with the other Jennifer Brown book I've read, this was a very powerful and emotional story to tell. I'm impressed with this author's ability to tell tales of such difficult and possibly controversial topics with such eloquence.

This story covers how wrong a "sexting" situation can go, especially for teenagers. It shows how immaturity can play a part, how alcohol can play a part, and how something that was meant to be private ceases to be when sent out over a text or online.

I think
Jenni Arndt
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was quick to bump THOUSAND WORDS to the top of my reading pile because of my love for author Jennifer Brown. She has fast become one of my favorite contemporary authors because I love the way she deals with gritty issues in such a head on manner & creates characters that I can really empathize with. Her latest novel delivered everything that I have come to expect from her and while I did long to be a bit more moved emotionally, I came out having met characters that I really connected with in a ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I honestly believe that this generation has it harder than everyone else when it comes to media. Social media that is. The amount of selfies taken, with young girls and guys, barely there clothing…it shocking. When I was little, there was nooo way that I would ever pose the way youth pose today. So reading this book, gave a great insight on what pressures youth go through today.

Plot: This is about a girl, who takes a nude frontal (chest picture) and sends it to her then boyfriend. They fight, br
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Like a lot of people, Ashleigh made a dumb mistake. Feeling saucy while a bit tipsy, she decides to take a nudey pic of herself and send it to her boyfriend to remind him what he will be missing while away at college. She never guessed that they would break up or what a nightmare she would find herself a part of when her ex forwards the text to someone else. Now everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) has seen the text, Ashleigh a complete soci
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Usually when I have a 3.5 situation I upgrade it to a 4, but I just couldn't bring myself to do that with this one. I always like Jennifer Brown's writing, and this was no exception - she's probably my favorite author doing Issue Books these days. Here, she wrote about an extremely relevant topic, tossed on an interesting (and terrifying) angle, and she did it well.

The thing is, I felt like I was reading A Cautionary Tale, rather than a novel. Ashleigh was so self-centered and whiny, and I wasn'
 Soph - Lock&Key
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words....

But is it really?

This was a powerful subject matter, the author was clever in the way she wrote it, it wasn't too intense and I liked that. I liked that it still had depth but wasn't 'in your face'. The whole way through this book I couldn't figure out how I felt.

Was it her fault?
Was it his?
Was she selfish?
Did she deserve it?
Was she a victim?

In the end I realised that the questions that I kept pondering was what the author aimed for me to
Lena ♫ ♪
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-release, may13
I swear, Jennifer Brown writes some of the most powerful stories I have ever read. They always bring me to my knees, have me cringing and yet asking for more.

I honestly believe every single girl, teenager or adult, should read this novel. It reveals the dire consequences behind something as simple as sending a naked picture of yourself to your boyfriend. From someone who has been best friends with boys her entire life, I guarantee you that those pictures are never private. Nothing is ever innoc
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible story! I think this is a must-read for all young girls and boys. It shows the consequences for both when sexting occurs. I remember seeing a very similar case on TV one day where the 18 year old boyfriend was charged and will forever be listed as a sex offender. I never realized till then that a charge like that could happen from sharing a photo. I think that many teens are unaware as well. Jennifer Brown did a terrific job showing what can happen and how it does alter the lives of al ...more
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as enjoyable as her other two books that I've read (Hate List and Bitter End), but I did still enjoy it. It was a quick read but I feel like it didn't quite dive into the issue it was talking as deeply as it needed to. ...more
Oct 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
What is our obsession with shaming people for being naked?
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Two-time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award (2005 & 2006), Jennifer's weekly humor column appeared in The Kansas City Star for over four years, until she gave it up to be a full-time young adult novelist.

Jennifer's debut novel, HATE LIST (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009) received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA "Perfect Te

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