Speechless- Hannah Harrington

Written By: Kellie - Aug• 29•12

Synopsis: 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. -Goodreads

Review: Speechless was listed as one of the YA books with buzz at BEA, and after reading it I have zero questions as to why. This was a really great book that I think will speak to a lot of readers about that moment in all of our lives when we realize who and what are really important. The main character Chelsea makes for a great ‘every girl’, someone I’m sure most people can relate too on some level which makes her story that much easier to compare to your own life. Speechless is a quick read that you wont be able to make yourself put down. I stared it first thing in the morning and had finished before lunch. Love, love, love this book!

At first Chelsea is incredibly hard to like. She’s a gossip (obviously), incredibly immature and has her priorities all muddled but seeing her grow from this point in her life is what made this book so fantastic. You aren’t supposed to like Chelsea right away. Even when she initially takes her vow, she isn’t doing it 100% for the right reason but she gets there eventually and it’s a really interesting evolution to watch.

The other characters are all a lot of fun to read as there is both the popular crowd and the mish-mashed group of outcasts floating around in Chelsea’s life. While one group obviously has a better handle on what is important in life, both groups are painted as genuine human beings and part of what Chelsea needs to learn is that all of these people have feelings and are more to her than just a new source of gossip.

I don’t comment on covers in my review as that is something most people can decide their opinions on themselves without even having read the book, BUT let’s just take a second here to appreciate the level of thought that went into this cover. It is very, very fitting considering the material of the book. I love it.

Overall, great book and highly recommended!

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