Thursday, February 7, 2013

Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Speechless by Hannah Harrington
, 288 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by HarlequinTeen

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.

“Hate is…it’s too easy. Love. Love takes courage”

That has got to be my favorite quote from the book. I can’t believe I waited this long to read this book.

Chelsea Knot is not a likable person at the beginning of the book. She is popular, mean, and likes to tell everyone’s secrets. Her best friend is the most popular girl in school and she hangs out with all the basketball players. All of which are not nice people.

I really started to enjoy the book once she decided she was no longer going to speak. I have read another book where the girl didn’t speak and I wasn’t crazy about it. This book however, was much better. She still communicated through writing which I think is why I liked it so much more.

She becomes friends with people she wouldn’t have taken a second look at when she was with the popular girls. These friends are so much better and way more likable. The attacks she goes through is just horrible. I couldn’t imagine being bullied like she was.  The author did a great job at portraying the “mean girls” and the other boys. They were just horrible but they made the perfect bullies. Everything they did was completely believable.

As for the characters, as I said at the beginning Chelsea is not a likable person but she definitely grows and learns from her mistakes throughout the book.

Kristen is one of those popular girls that will do anything to stay popular. She can ruin you in the snap of a finger. This also makes her a horrible friend but because she is so popular every girl wants to be the one called her best friend and the boys want to be her boyfriend.

Warren, Joey, Lowell, and Derek are the popular basketball players. They watch out for each other and hate anyone who isn’t popular or like them. They are total douche bags.

Sam, Asha, Andy, and Noah are just all around good people. Asha doesn’t know how to be mean to someone. They are great friends and they will stand up for each other.

I definitely recommend picking this book up. I really enjoyed it and I’m so glad I found a physical copy for a good price. Oh and I love this copy of the book.

My Rating:

* I own a physical copy but I also received a free copy from NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I am reading this at the moment, and I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it, particularly as Chelsea was such a horrible character to start with. I'm starting to warm to her, however - I like the way of communicating through the whiteboard, and Sam and Asha both seem nice - I'm just hoping Chelsea doesn't screw everything up! :)

    1. I felt the same way about Chelsea at the beginning. Hope you enjoy it!


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