I read "Thousand Words" in one sitting this weekend and I cannot wait to hear some of your thoughts and comments about it! I really liked the book (again, it's one of those books I feel funny about "liking" because of the subject matter). I liked it because I thought Jennifer Brown wrote it in a way that was realistic without being "preachy." It made me angry at times- not only what Ashleigh's ex-boyfriend did to her but the ways her "friends" handled it. What do you think?
I liked the way that Jennifer wrote the book, but other times I got angry with it. I was a little upset with the way that Ashleigh handled her ex. Whenever she got the chance, she would accuse Kaleb of showing the picture to his friends and cheating on her. Yet, when he would accuse her of something, he was always in the wrong. That didn't fit well with me. I also didn't like how her friends treated her. They left her out to hang, but it worked out some-what in the end, I guess.
I couldn't stop reading this book. I felt like Ashleigh was ME in high school (minus the cell phones and the drama those brought). I related to her relationship. It shocked me how one simple picture (so she thought) turned into such a huge deal!! When it turned into "child pornography", I thought "Oh no! I didn't even think about that!!" I was most mad at Kaleb for sending it out to get revenge. I was also mad at her friends for messing with Kaleb (even though in a way more innocent way than he did to Ashleigh). I felt like, even though Ashleigh took the picture and sent it initially, everyone else is to blame for how it spun out of control. I wonder if others agree or disagree with me?
I loved reading the text messages at the beginning of each chapter, but they made me cringe.
I agree with Mrs. Pospisil that Jennifer Brown did a great job of making a real world situation relatable to the readers without preaching about what is right or wrong.