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.
* "Thousand Words is a powerful, timely, and compulsively readable story...This is an excellent choice for book discussions and a must-purchase for all libraries."
—VOYA, starred review
"Brown brings her characteristic raw honesty to this wrenching story....Sensitive and genuine."
Jennifer Brown writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri, area with her family. She is the author of Hate List, Torn Away, Thousand Words, Perfect Escape, and Bitter End.