Book: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Published August 2012|Published by Harlequin Teen|Pages: 227

Purchased for my Nook

Genre: YA/Contemporary

Check it out at: Goodreads|Barnes And Noble|Amazon|Hannah Harrington’s Website

Goodreads.com Summary: Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret

Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.

Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she’s ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there’s strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she’s done. If only she can forgive herself.

I loved Speechless!

I thought Chelsea’s vow of silence was really interesting, and I do think she learned a lot from it.  Like the power of speech, and how to truly listen.  I think she truly realizes how damaging gossip can be, but also how doing the right thing is important, even when it’s not easy.

I also liked all of the different relationships in the book.  The ones with Kristen and her former friends to the ones with her friends at the diner.  She doesn’t become friends with Kristen again, and their relationship is pretty unresolved.  Not everything can be worked out, and some things can never be fixed.  I also liked seeing how her relationship with Andy changed throughout the book, as well as Noah forgiving her for what happened.

It’s not a book about a kid who was beaten to the point of unconsciousness being Hannah outed him.  It did propel her to change, but it really felt like it was more about her changing as a person after seeing the consequences of her actions.

There is a lot of bullying going on- it’s not just Noah, for being gay.  Chelsea gets her fair share for telling the police what happened- and for not speaking, because either way, people think she won’t fight back.  At the same time, all of the shit she got was a bit much at times.  And all of her former friends?  They didn’t have a lot of depth, but they did what they needed to do, so they didn’t need too much depth.  They really do show that some people are just stupid and horrible and don’t care if they hurt people.  She goes through a pretty dramatic change, going from being a gossip to standing up for a kid who’s being bullied.

Harrington did a great job at handling all of the issues in the book, with very real characters.  It was really well-paced, and I liked that you got a day-to-day account of her life after the party.  I liked that all of the characters had their own flaws, and they were all so unique and interesting.

I really need to talk about the cover for a moment, because it fits the book so well.  I love how plain and simple it is, and it just really stands out.  I love that you don’t have some random but pretty girl on the cover.

Final thoughts: I loved Speechless, and thought it was a great book.  I loved the characters and how much Hannah changed from beginning to end.  it gets a 5 out of 5.


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