Author: Jennifer Brown
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
- Imprint: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Date Published: May 21st 2013
Format: ARC (Advance Reader’s Copy). Paperback.
Source: From the publisher for review
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.
Number of Days It Took to Read: 3
Simple cover. I have no real opinion of it except that it’s simple and not too busy. Does it stand out? Not really.
The Writing Score: 3 out of 5
Recommendation: Casual Perusal
Memorable or Forgettable: Forgettable
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
This book was interesting. It was a short read and nothing about it really stood out all that much except for it’s topic which was Sexting. Sexting is a new issue especially in regards to it being seen as a crime. It’s a crime that could only exist in the technological world that we live in today just like identity theft (Identity Theft existed before technology but it wasn’t to the extent it is now in terms of how serious or prevalent it is today. Anyways, this isn’t Criminology 101 so I’ll get back to the point). This was my first book about Sexting and given that it’s a bigger issue among teens, I thought it made a great topic for a young adult contemporary.
I liked the format of alternating between past and present. It allowed for any prejudices or assumptions we may have come to light or be extinguished. The pacing was okay and the characters were good but I felt they could have been given a bit more depth. Ashleigh wasn’t someone I could relate to but the story was written in a way where I could believe this could happen despite not being able to relate. My general issue with this is that it’s not memorable and more of the story could’ve been flushed out or explored. I wasn’t emotionally stirred and it took me a while to remember the protagonist’s name but I did go through it fast given that I’m in a reading slump right now.
I would recommend it to teen readers and even parents of teens.
A. A. Omer
The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.