Monday, February 18, 2013

Speechless: Review

Title: Speechless
Author: Hannah Harrington
ISBN: 0373210523
Publisher: Harlequin Teen - Miraink
Source: NetGalley

Buy Links: Amazon - Barnes & Noble

Goodreads 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.


I had heard so many bloggers rave about this book for the past couple of months, and honestly I couldn't blame them since I personally enjoyed Hannah Harrington's first book 'Saving June'. I was so looking forward to reading it, which is why I was quick to request it from NetGalley! There are two covers for this book and I actually love both of them. Even though the other cover is blank except for the title, it has a great effect with what the book is actually talking about and works well with it, this one isn't bad either.

I was a bit wary at first since I wasn't sure whether or not I'd be enjoying this book. The idea was new and interesting, and frankly you don't get to be inside the head of a tattle-tale mean Bitch all the time. Except you know, eventually it doesn't feel like you are.

Chelsea enjoys a juicy piece of gossip probably more than the next person. She loves having the upper hand and knowing something someone else doesn't know. She also enjoys being the one letting everyone know. It gives her a sense of accomplishment, and keeps her on top of the school hierarchy right after her best friend Kristen. Only one piece of gossip she might have wanted to keep to herself because the consequences behind it were so severe they nearly cost someone his life. She comes to the conclusion that she should stop talking before she thinks things through, that maybe if she had just kept this to herself none of the mess she'd created would have happened. So she swears a vow of silence, because really, who wants to hear anything she has to say now? Things are way more tough than she expects in all angles, and the only people nice to her are the most ones that should probably hate her. Seeing everything from her new angle, as the freak who ratted out the jocks then became a mute puts so many things in perspective and teaches her lessons that were long due.

What I love most about Hannah's books is that they're all about roads to healing, self-discovery, and self-improvement. They're so realistic and believable and you just dive in. They make you laugh, cry and help you deal. I love how in this book the protagonist wasn't just an average girl trying to make her way through high school and goes in trouble for trying to be popular. No, this book is about one of the popular girls who does something so wrong that she decides to repent and pay for her mistakes. She wants to make things better, to make-up for the mess she created. It's so wonderful yet heartbreaking. It's so brilliant yet complicated. Things aren't easy or go her way, people don't like her, from every possible way you can think, yet she manages to make it through and remain silent for four weeks. She manages to make unlikely friendships and everything she thought she needed or craved paled in comparison to what she found.

I loved her struggle with when was the right time to talk. When you commit to something, without setting a specific time for it, just for the purpose of seeing if you can do it, and the necessity of you accomplishing it, you don't know when or how to stop and go back. When was the right time to talk again? Was there a specific thing she was trying to accomplish? When would it be over so she can speak again? Nothing can be so simple, especially after managing it for over a month.

The characters were all so diverse and interesting, I found myself enjoying the restaurant scenes with the family-like atmosphere. I enjoyed how loving and overprotective they all were of one another, especially in contrast to the party the book started off with, with all the popular kids being mean to one another, mocking each other, staring each other down and humiliating one another.

I seriously loved this book and can't wait to read more by Hannah!

Rating: 4.5/5!

1 comment:

  1. I also like both covers. I always like to see a character develop, so that part of the book sounds interesting :) I'm still not sure if this is really something for me, but I might pick it up if I see it in the library. Great review!