Thursday, November 15, 2012

Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

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.  -

Sad but true... most everyone has faced a point and time in their life where they weren't so great at keeping secrets.  What usually happens to a blabbermouth who reveals too much and everyone finds out?  Yep, people are usually pretty ticked, upset, livid, etc...  Now imagine having the kind of secrets that, when told, causes someone to be very hurt, and if you hadn't told, there would have been no violence?  What guilt that would carry with it is staggering.  Then because you told that secret and someone got hurt, now you have another secret...the identify of who did it. Do you tell?  Well, Chelsea did, and because she did, everyone now hates her because they loved the perpetrator. exactly rational, but teenagers are emotional, and Chelsea's school only looks at the fact that she has outed one of their elite and favored.

Knowing that her inability to keep quiet caused someone to be really hurt causes Chelsea to take a vow of silence.  Let me just say now, I thought it was incredibly admirable that she wanted to teach herself a lesson in this manner, and even more admirable that she was able to actually do it.  Especially in light of how everyone treats her, and the yes, bullying, that she has to put up with.  She's a better person than me.  I wouldn't have lasted an hour.  The moment the first incident occurred, I'd have been telling some people to go to hell.  Despite the fact that I admired her ability to keep up with her vow, I wondered too how realistic it would be. Not just for a girl to keep quiet who is used to being the biggest blabbermouth of them all, but for a teenager to keep to a vow of silence in general.  I know I wouldn't have been able to.  I was too emotional and spontaneous, which most teenagers tend to be.

I loved the romance.  The guy was cute, sweet, and had a level of quiet seriousness about him that I thought was a perfect opposite for Chelsea.  Their developing friendship and romance, especially in light of the fact that she can't talk, was very nice.  Sam was, in fact, one of my favorite aspects to the story. 

This was definitely a very enjoyable read.  It was a fast read and I really flew through the pages.  Another winner by Harrington.  She definitely has a way of portraying and invoking emotion with her writing. 


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