Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 28, 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Digital ARC courtesy of Netgalley
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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 was very apprehensive going into Speechless. I am not a fan of books that center around a mean girl, even if it boils down to her getting knocked off her pedestal. I can’t empathize with a character I don’t like, so I do my best to just avoid these stories. However, I loved Saving June, so I knew I had to give this one a shot.
Surprisingly, I didn’t want to bang my head against the nearest wall. In fact, I actually enjoyed it. I think this has a lot to do with the reason Chelsea fell from high school royalty. I was expecting it to be shallow, a character drowning in her own self-pity more than anything, but that wasn’t the case. There are serious issues dealt with here, and I liked that Harrington took it to that place.
Despite that fact, Speechless was still predictable. It follows the same path that those like it have, and there wasn’t a single thing that surprised me. That didn’t stop me from enjoying it, though.
I wish we had gotten to see more interaction with the person who was ultimately harmed by Chelsea’s actions. I understand that the book is about her personal growth and coming to terms with the things she has done, but I felt like he should have been a much bigger part of the story.
In Speechless, Chelsea Knot learns the power of words, and learns that sometimes you just have to do the right thing, regardless of the repercussion. Hannah Harrington’s writing is raw and addicting. I would recommend it.