Book Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

13069681Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: August 28, 2012

Pages: 288 (Paperback)

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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

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Harlequin Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.


Speechless isn’t everything that I expected it to be in both a good and bad way. But it’s a nice reminder of how bad things happen to good people because they’re different in a way that shouldn’t actually matter. Nothing is wrong with loving someone of the same-sex. Everyone who thinks otherwise just doesn’t like equality.

Although I really liked the story, the vow of silence is really out there and a bit ridiculous. It’s hard enough for an adult to commit to something like this, but a teenager who loves to talk? No way is that realistic. Chelsea and Sam’s relationship moves really fast like, they go from never speaking because of Chelsea’s part in Noah’s incident to pretending that it never happened. Chelsea might feel horrible about what she did, but I wouldn’t jump into things as quickly as Sam.

Chelsea loves to talk a lot, and the writing style really fits her personality because even though she’s silent for the better part of the book, it’s still told in a very talkative type of way. The characters are mostly realistic, the whole high school situation felt really real to me. Teenagers are one of the most vicious age groups out there, and Hannah Harrington shows both good and bad sides to them.

I’ve been told that Speechless is a novel about forgiveness and my friends are right. There are a lot of messages throughout it that I think many people can learn from which is why I recommend it to everyone.


3.5 Dreamy Clouds
3.5 Dreamy Clouds

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

  1. To be honest I don’t think this is a very much “me” book so I’ve stayed away from it. Your thoughts on the book only further cement this in my head.


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