Speechless by Hannah Harrington
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
Date Read: January 31, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Words matter - how we use them and how we don't. Sometimes it is really difficult and even scary to speak up for what you believe is right, but it is important to do. At the end of the day, you answer to yourself, no one else, so you'll be happy you did. - Hannah Harrington
Chelsea Knot, once popular and envied upon by many, is now a social outcast because of her big mouth. Her inability to keep her mouth shut caused people to get hurt, mentally, emotionally and physically. Because she thinks it is better for her not to speak at all, she took a vow of silence ending all the gossip and rumors she once breathed. But she stumbles upon the unlikeliest students that helped her get through, made her realize the things that really mattered and showed her how to be truly happy.
Hannah Harrington has successfully whipped up an intuitive story about finding one's own voice amidst all the silence and everyone's the noise. Speechless is simple yet it holds something worth learning inside. It may not have been as deep with the emotions as I thought it would be, but the book delivered well. It was not complicated and stressful to read. It was light despite the problems encountered in the book. The diversity of the characters also made it more fun to read. The building up of the friendship was great. But I think there's something lacking with the blooming romance. It was sweet and cute at times, but I just did not feel it that much.
Overall, a nice read! Contemporary books with great lessons are always a pleasure to read :)
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