Monday, August 27

Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 288

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.

My Thoughts: I was a big fan of Saving June so I knew I had to give this one a chance. I had heard some negative reviews about it, so I was a little weary going into it. But I found myself quite enjoying it.

We are introduced to Chelsea who is pretty good at spreading gossip. She says things out loud before she has a chance to think. So, when she walks in on the most amazing gossip, she runs right out and opens her big mouth. BIG MISTAKE. Some of her friends take it into their own hands and do something extremely stupid. I don’t want to tell you because it takes the mystery away.

Chelsea realizes the next day that everyone is mad at her because she came clean and told the cops and her parents the truth. She felt like she had too, there just wasn’t another way. It wasn’t right what happened. And for this, she is tormented so she takes a vow. A vow to keep her mouth shut. If she doesn’t talk, she can’t say anything bad. She can’t ruin anymore lives. However, she does have a nice little whiteboard to write on. I loved this! I loved how she communicated!

She meets a new friend in detention named Asha. I really liked Asha. Asha was a true friend and she was really there for Chelsea. Than, cute sweet Sam. Man, I liked him from the minute I met him. I just knew he was going to hit it off with Chelsea, even if she didn’t.

Speechless was a good novel. I almost didn’t read it, because the description didn’t thrill me. A girl who won’t talk, how much of a story can be in this one?
Let me tell you, A LOT. Chelsea learns some tough lessons but she also learns about forgiveness.  The lessons, the secondary characters, and the way this book is played out is what makes the story so great.

Please read this novel if you like contemporary, please give it a chance!!!

Overall: Really liked it! And I fell for Sam. I want more of him now! I want to read more scenes with him in them! I liked this so much more than I thought I would! This is one of those novels you're unsure about and then you read it, and you're like wow, should have read that sooner.

Cover: It’s a big plain. Don’t know if I would pick it up on the cover alone.

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