How did I get it?:
Netgalley- thanks to Harlequin UK Limited + Mira Ink.
Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret.
Everyone’s shared gossip that they shouldn’t have – but the last time Chelsea told a secret nearly got someone killed.
So Chelsea takes a vow of silence. If she keeps her mouth shut, at least things can’t get any worse, right?
Suddenly taking a stand’s making previously popular Chelsea a social outcast. But finding a new ways to communicate is making her new friends in unexpected places; especially rebellious skateboarder Sam.
Sam’s the last person who should give Chelsea a second chance. It’s his best friend who her gossip hurt the most – yet he’s the only one who understands.
And the only one who can help Chelsea discover who she really is
…and who she wants to be.
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Hannah Harrington’s book Speechless tells the story of how gossip can go terribly wrong and why the saying “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” is so true!
The story revolves around Chelsea Knot, a popular ‘mean’ girl who spreads gossip about other people in order to keep her ‘popular’ status and impress her best friend Kristen. Chelsea reveals a secret about a boy at her school which leads to him fighting for his life in hospital. Chelsea takes a vow of silence because she is horrified by her actions. She believes its better to stay silent because when she does speak it causes so much trouble.
Initially Chelsea is an incredibly hard character to like. She’s shallow and bitchy and the type of girl that you’d really want to avoid at school. When beginning this book I thought it was going to be a cliché school girl story. However, when Chelsea takes that vow of silence and begins to reflect on her actions and indeed, her personality, I started to really warm to the story and appreciate Hannah Harrington’s writing. She deals with the consequences of bullying and homophobia, moving it beyond the typical high school tale that can be churned out by any writer.
Chelsea’s new friends Asha and Sam are great characters and the romance that blossoms is incredibly believable and very sweet. I like male characters that aren’t ‘sparkly’ and far too attractive. I find ‘normal’ male characters much more appealing!
I think the main reason I enjoyed this book is Hannah Harrington’s way with words. She says some beautifully reflective statements which I whole heartedly agreed with. Speechless is a short and easy read and well worth checking out. Its message is incredibly encouraging and Speechless is a wonderful Young Adult read.
Would I recommend it?:
Y- Marjorie Celona