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Speechless

Author: Hannah Harrington
Originally Published: 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Received a copy at the Ontario Blog Squad 2012 meet-up

The Story

From the back of the book:

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.

Chelsea has taken a vow of silence – to learn to keep her mouth shut and to stop hurting anyone else. There’s strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way. Including a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive her… if only she can forgive herself.

The Response

I haven’t often had time to read a full book in one day the past couple of years. I don’t really have time right now either. That said, I absolutely totally and completely could NOT put this book down for the life of me and so I made time to devour it within one day. (Hello, 3am.)

This book was utterly adorable – it brought tears to my eyes at points, and made me giggle at other points. I fell in love with all of the main characters, and cheered them on whenever something awesome happened to them.

The characters were all so well developed, and all seemed to grow in this book. Especially Chelsea, who started out as a spoiled popular girl who cared only about being at the hot parties, but ended up being someone who actually cared about her friends and about how her actions affect other people. Even those who ended up being the worst people in the book (Chelsea’s friends at the beginning of the book) seemed to grow and change throughout everything that was happening all along… though, whether that’s due to them actually growing, or due to how Chelsea’s view of them changes as she matures, I’m unsure. Probably a little bit of both.

While her actions at the beginning of the book really made me want to give Chelsea a little shake – outing a boy at school, which results in a few drunk boys beating this guy until he gets put into a coma – by the end of the book, she’s starting to make amends with those she has hurt, and has learned to forgive herself for causing this all to happen. A lot of the book dealt with Chelsea’s pain at what happened to this other boy, but thankfully not in the expected teen angst sort of way. I expected a lot of angst in this book, and am extremely relieved that it wasn’t present. Urgh, I do not enjoy the angst anymore!

The Bottom Line

So yes, this book was completely charming, and I absolutely adored it. Would recommend to fans of contemporary YA.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:41 am November 28, 2012.
Category: Young Adult
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