Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

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

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 attached 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. 

I really enjoyed Hannah Harrington's Saving June, so I was excited to read Speechless. I figured I would enjoy Speechless, but I didn't expect to like this novel as much as I did.

In the beginning, I was not a Chelsea-fan. She shallow, self-centered, and hypocritical. However, it took some bad situations to bring out the best in her. She had a long ways to go, but by the end I was proud of her for all the ways that she changed. I ended up really liking her by the end of the novel.

There was a specific moment when I could start liking Chelsea. It was when she decided to tell her parents about the students who took things too far. That time it was a good thing she couldn't keep a secret, and she earned my respect in that moment.

One thing that I liked about this novel was Harrington's writing. She can really capture the voice of the teenager without coming off as trying too hard. That really made this novel a more believable read.

There were some pretty intense moments in this book. It wasn't an incredibly emotional read, but it had it's moments, some more intense than others. However, it did have a very uplifting ending. Everything and everyone didn't turn out perfectly, but it did end pretty nicely.

Overall, I really enjoyed Speechless. Hannah Harrington is an author that I will not be missing in the future.



  1. You nailed it, Kapri. :) I really liked Speechless (certainly one of my 2012 favourites) and I completely agree with your gorgeous review! The beginning was a bit rocky, but I slowly warmed up to Chelsea, and the intensity of Hannah Harrington's writing was perfect.

  2. I usually don't read these type of YA novels but surprisely I feel like picking up a copy of this book and devouring it. Great review!

  3. This book keeps popping up, and one thing reviewers keep mentioning is how Chelsea changes from the beginning to the end. That kind of character self-discover/journey is always awesome.