Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sarah's Review on Speechless

Author: Hannah Harrington (@hharrington_)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Source: Bought
Rating: Escapable
Challenge: 2012 Completely Contemp Challenge
Extras: Trailer
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads
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.
This cover is so unique. Nothing too much and fancy. It's just simple. When you get the print copy, the spine pops out though.
Keeping secrets isn’t my specialty. It never has been, ever since kindergarten when I found out Becky Swanson had a crush on Tommy Barnes, and I managed to circulate that fact to the entire class, including Tommy himself, within our fifteen minute recess–a pretty impressive feat, in retrospect. That was ten years ago, and it still may hold the record for my personal best.
Chelsea Knot is known for spilling secrets. However, after she tells another secret, things begin to go terribly wrong. After witnessing two guys making out at a party, she finds her best friend to tell her all the detail. Being drunk, she actually tells it to her group of friends. Two guys go after the guy and the guy gets hurt. Chelsea feels like this is her fault and tells the cops who hurt him. This leads to everyone hating Chelsea.

After seeing what happens after telling this one secret, Chelsea has taken a vow of silence. She isn’t talking to anybody and hopes to become invisible. Still her ex-friends are taking out their anger on her. Being a very popular girl, and sometimes mean, no one hesitates to join in hating her.

Chelsea has sometimes moments of doubt. She keeps telling herself that she is stronger and won’t beg for forgiveness from friends that are treating her horribly. There is hope. She begins to make friends with people she would have never given a second glance to when she was popular. This vow of silence is transforming Chelsea into a new person.

Wow. I have heard nothing but good things about Hannah’s writing style, and yet still, I am completely blown away. She had me tearing up in some parts. The happy moments, and of course, the sad ones as well.

The characters were so realistic and lovable. Most of them, anyways. Chelsea, even when she wasn’t talking, was such a great character to get to know. She made mistakes but she tried to make it better. She even had doubts about herself and her choice. She wasn’t sure if she made the right decision on telling the cops the truth. At times, she also regretted telling people about Nick being gay. It was great to see her finally realize that people make mistakes, but when finally understand what you did, you can move on.

As for the other characters, I love the interaction between them all. They all grow on you like a family.

I am so glad I picked up this book, and will be checking out Saving June soon as well. I want thank some people for suggesting this book to me. Laura and Amy, thanks for the recommendation. I will listen to your guys recommendation more in the future.
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