Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (35)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

 I've never read one of Jennifer Brown's books before, though I've heard plenty about them. Why pick out this specific book? The main character has the same name and spelling I do! It's no easy feat to find that. There are those horse books (my grandmother bought me one solely because my name was plastered across the cover and I love complaining about how there is never anything with my name spelled right on it) and a book where an Ashleigh is a minor character, but that's it. Support the Ashleighs!

(Except that one Ashleigh who broke my iPod, lied to me about everything, and accused my brother of cheating on his girlfriend with her. Fuck her.)

Thousand WordsThousand Words
by Jennifer Brown
May 21, 2013 (Little, Brown BFYR)

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.