Thursday 26 July 2012

My review of Speechless

Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Release Date: August 28, 2012
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SpeechlessEveryone 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's has taken a vow of silence--to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting everyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets if hard, not speaking up when she's ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there's strength in silence, and in 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.

Speechless is a thought-provoking and stunningly written novel that will stay with readers for a long time. 

Chelsea Knot can't keep a secret. If you've got one, the whole school will know in a matter of minutes thanks to Chelsea. But the last secret she shared almost got someone killed and turned her into a social outcast. To stop herself from hurting the people around her, Chelsea has taken a vow of silence. Now she is picked and targeted on in the school hallways. Until something unexpected happens. She makes new friends and even meets a boy she might even fall for. But before she can move on, she must forgive herself.

When I read Hannah Harrington's debut novel Saving June, I completely fell in love with her writing and I could not contain my excitement when I heard that she had another book coming out this year. Speechless had me under a spell, I found it really hard to put it down. 

Speechless has a bunch of entertaining and unique characters. At first, I wasn't so keen on Chelsea, the main character. She didn't seem to care who she hurt when she opened her mouth, it was all about spreading the juiciest secret; being the center of attention while everyone crowds around her, eager to hear what she has to say. But, at the same time, I enjoyed her wit and all the funny things that she thought to her self. 

"No boy is worth that. Not even Brendon Ryan, whom I would do a number of immoral and insane things for, and who is quite possibly the love of my life even if he doesn't know it yet. We've been caught in a wildly passionate, completely one-sided affair since freshman year."
- Page 10 (Uncorrected Proof)

Chelsea is on a journey of being forgiven by her peers, but also forgiving herself. Taking a vow of silence? Come on, we've all tried not-talking for a day with NO success. I found Chelsea's story really interesting and I just couldn't get enough! 

 Overall, Speechless is a very enjoyable book, it's full of amazing characters, sweet romance and witty scenes. I would recommend this book to everyone who wants a gripping YA contemporary that won't disappoint. 
- A big thanks to Harlequin for providing me with a review copy!


  1. Sounds like just the type of book my friend who teaches middle school would love for her classroom library. Gotta check it out for her.

  2. Sounds like a great read!!! Thanks for the great review, adding this to my wishlist

  3. I have heard tons of good things about Saving June, and I can't wait to read it. I have only seen this one once before, but it intrigued me then and it is intriguing me now. It sounds like it might just be a fantastic read, and I can't wait to have the chance. Thanks so much for another great review!

  4. Great review! I've been loving contemporary this year and this definitely sounds like one not to miss. Thanks for sharing. :)

  5. You should try What I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor. It sounds a lot like this. And it was fantastic! Glad you liked Speechless!!! Sounds good too ;)

  6. This sounds like quite an emotional read. I shall give it a go! :)

  7. Whoa...that's an interesting story. I have to put it on my TBR list. And thank u for your review, great review. It makes me want to read the book myself.

  8. I loved the characters as well, maybe the supporting even more so than Chelsea, but she def grew on me as she learned.
    Thanks for review,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  9. Speechless is one of my favorite contemporary novel I've read this year. Chelsea is just a wonderful character even though I never really liked her at the first part of the book. Great review, Sam!

  10. I never expected to like this book more than I did Saving June but it was so much better. It has a powerful message and everyone should read it.

  11. I wasn't sure if I was going to read this, but now I've changed my mind! It looks like it's quite an enjoyable read, can't wait!