Friday, 31 August 2012

Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Title: Speechless
Author: Hannah Harrington
Author Info: Website|Blog|Twitter|Facebook
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Netgalley
Format: eGalley
Publication Date: 28th August 2012

Tell Me About It
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's has taken a vow of silence--to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting everyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets if hard, not speaking up when she's ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there's strength in silence, and in 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.

My Thoughts
Chelsea is a gossip and her friend Kirsten enjoys listening to the gossip.  Both girls end up drunk at a party and Chelsea sees something that she immediately has to tell Kirsten.  Alcohol, parties and gossip don't mix, and instead of just telling Kirsten, Chelsea ends up telling the whole party.  What started out as gossip results in a boy being beaten up and put into hospital.  Feeling responsible for the attack Chelsea tells all to her parents, ends up being labelled a RAT in school, loses her friendship with Kirsten, becomes a social pariah and  ends up taking a vow of silence.

I already love Hannah's work so when I found out that Speechless was on netgalley I knew I had to read it and I am so glad it didn't disappoint.  When we are first introduced to Chelsea and Kirsten I didn't like the way they gossiped about anything and everything.  As a general rule I avoid gossip as it can lead to all sorts or rumours, lies and things getting twisted and turned so much the end result is nothing like the starting point.  However I did feel sorry for how Chelsea was treated, part of me didn't like how she spread gossip but the other part knows she didn't deserve to be treated the way she did.
Working at Rosie's is great for Chelsea, getting to be around a great group of colleagues and friends is the break she needs from the hassle at school.  They accept her for what she was and what she is and don't push her on anything.
As Speechless progresses Chelsea begins to make amends for her actions, and as she slowly let's in her new friends she begins to realise that her friendship with Kirsten wasn't really a true friendship.  I love how accepting Asha, Sam, and the rest of the gang are, even knowing Chelsea's history they let her into their lives.  Some of them need to be convinced but even they soon like her.

I really enjoyed Speechless, it was a quick read that I demolished quickly and I am looking forwards to reading more of Hannah's work


  1. I'm so excited to read this book! I LOVED Saving June and I think Hannah is a brilliant writer. Happy to see your review!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I'm really looking forward to reading Speechless, I was thinking of reading Saving June first as I've had it for a while, but I think I'll dive into this one as soon as I can. Enjoyed your lovely review.

  3. I cant wait to read this book! Hope it gets published in the UK!


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