By Hannah Harrington
Publication date: Aug. 28, 2012
Harlequin Teen, 336 pages
Source: Borrowed from Magan
The story of a girl named Chelsea Knot who takes a voluntary oath of silence after her gossip-mongering ways yield unexpected consequences…
Saying she’s sorry isn’t enough.
— Goodreads.com description
Phew. Hannah Harrington wowed me with Saving June and really delivered with Speechless. She seems to have found the perfect balance between serious, gut-wrenching topics and sweet romances.
In Speechless, we meet Chelsea. Chelsea is a mean girl. Sure, she’s not Regina George, but she’s definitely part of her posse, whether she intends to be or not. When her actions lead to some pretty serious consequences, she has a crisis of character. Realizing that her big mouth has gotten her (and others) into loads of trouble, she takes a vow of silence.
The story is very real and very powerful. Okay, sure it’s an exaggerated storyline, but the underlying issues likely touch every teen in some way: lying, secrets, bullying, peer pressure, drinking, friendship and more. It felt so plausible that it made me sick to my stomach in some parts.
But, don’t get me wrong, Chelsea’s story is ultimately a positive one, as she slowly begins to get her priorities in order. There’s some great lessons here, many of which are delivered by a stellar cast of supporting characters. Oh, and did I mention there’s a sweet love story? Silly me, of course there is.
Speechless by Hannah Harrington is a lovely book that definitely struck some chords with me. This is a novel I’d recommend to any teen girl.