The rating may be harsh, but I'm just frustrated. I may be out of place discussing this but to me, Brown's books just feel like declining in quality since her debut. 5, 4, 3, and now 2 stars for her latest. I keep waiting around for that spark from Hate List because that book was beautiful and touching and real. But from this trend of her later books, I feel like I'm wasting my time when I dutifully pick up her newest book, and that frustrates me. I have a special connection to 2 authors in particular, Courtney Summers and Jennifer Brown-- because they debuted with FANTASTIC YA novels when first started blogging in 2009, and I've read every one of their books since. While Summers keeps impressing me, Brown has just disappointed me, much to my dismay. For a mini review of Thousand Words-- LACKED HEART (which just kills any book). Writing didn't stand out. I didn't care for the characters. It tried to tackle the "current issue" of sexting, but it didn't feel genuine. Ash was annoying and kept asking her parents stupid, naive questions that annoyed me. I want my time back, and I don't think I've said that about a book in ages. What was the Ash and Mack deal? I don't think I've read such a boring, uninspiring, non-sparkly relationship in a long time.