Sunday, August 26, 2012

Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Paperback: 288 pages
Expected Publication: August 28th 2012
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
ISBN: 0373210523 
ISBN13: 9780373210527
Series: Standalone
Received: Via Netgalley for review
Challenge: 2012 Goodreads Challenge, 2012 YA Contemporary Challenge 
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.

Being head over heels in love with Saving June had me wanting, needing, having to have Speechless. This is one of those times where you can't just love a book because you loved another the same author has written. For me, Speechless was not at all what I was expecting, in both good & bad ways. But what I did not expect was to learn do not give up on a book, because it could turn out to be enjoyable!
Characters; This is important to me, and where I could not fully relate to Chelsea that made it more of a problem in me liking the book. She is very hard to like at first. She cannot keep her mouth shut nor keep her nose out of other people's business. She is best friends with a girl who treats her meanly and says nothing about it because this girl is very popular. No go for me. I like characters who break out of their shell, who have their own minds, and can speak for them selves, not just speak and do things to please others. She was a follower, and that is not something I like. Be yourself always. Your mind is a precious place... use it. 
But then again, Chelsea earned back a little bit of my dislike for her throughout the book. The main character likes to tell things, everything she hears or someone tells her she HAS to tell or it's like she will have a freaking fit. But one day, everything changes. The words that comes out of her mouth changes her life, and almost takes the life of another. After that Chelsea decides to stop with all the "secret telling, and rumor passing" and decides to keep her mouth closed. Becoming Speechless
This is where I started liking Chelsea more and more. Because these are kids, they make mistakes, they learn... sometimes. But when I saw that Chelsea really wanted to change, and was looking for that forgiveness within herself that changed me as a reader. She realized that her "friends" were not actually ever her friends, as they turned on her, and she is left alone. But will Chelsea find that forgiveness she wants so bad, and maybe find friends that accept her for who she is? There are a lot of very like-able side characters!! I really liked the friends she made, and I really didn't like her old, mean, NOT-REAL friends!!! 
Speechless has a great outcome. The story builds into an very enjoyable conclusion. One that I was not expecting. Hannah Harrington to me, still has this way of pulling you into a book. To me the point was to maybe NOT like the character, but then see and understand what she was doing. Which was growing. & for me that happened. 
I think this book would be perfect for High School girls, who are having trouble finding their own path. Sometimes it is ok to not go down the same one as others. 

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