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Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington


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.


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This book made for an interesting read.

Chelsea has learnt the hard way that spreading gossip can hurt people. Up until the fateful party where she spread gossip to disastrous consequences Chelsea is part of the popular crowd and suddenly after speaking up she's no longer welcome and suddenly finds herself isolated from everyone else. To show how sorry she is about her role in the incident she decides to take a vow of silence.

For me the real star of the piece is Asha, the girl who strikes up a friendship with Chelsea when everyone else is ignoring her. She forgives Chelsea in a heart beat and makes a real effort to extend the hand of friendship to her despite the fact that the rest of her friends are not as keen to follow suit.

The story also tells you a lot about bullying and role it can have in destroying someone's life. The way in which Chelsea's former friends turn on her is really telling in how nasty teenage girls can be. I loved seeing the way in which Chelsea's new friends were so different in the way they treat her and it made me question why anyone in high schools strive to be popular.

A real thoughtful story. 

Comments

I loved this book so much. And I agree, Asha was the real star. I loved her and how nice and kind she was. It's sickening how many people like that are ignored or taken for granted because they deserve true friends.

But this story was really great. Glad you liked it too. Great Review :)
I can't wait to read this one. Asha sounds like a fantastic character.

Awesome review! :)
The Book Pages said…
Awesome review! I've never heard of this book before, but it sure does sound amazing! It's going on my TBR list! c:

Happy Reading!

Amber @ Thebookpages
Bookworm1858 said…
I loved Asha too-she was such a sweetheart, just a really good person and I was thrilled to get to meet her. Overall I really liked this book.
joanbell114 said…
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I liked this guide so much. And I consent, Asha was the actual celebrity. I liked her and how awesome and type she was. It's sickening how many individuals like that are ignored or taken for provided because they are entitled to actual buddies.