Speechless - Hannah Harrington

Synopsis: 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.

Review: Speechless is the second book of Hannah Harrington’s I’ve read and I loved it just as much as I loved her first book, Saving June.

Hannah has the ability to write such convincing, deep characters. Instead of reading about them, I felt like I was experiencing everything alongside Chelsea and I genuinely cared about them as well.

This story at its core is about being true to yourself and not just following the pack because you want to fit in or be popular. Having been through high school I can definitely say from experience that this story in many ways resembles my own, and so I clicked with what I was reading very early on and the pages pretty well turned themselves from page 30 onwards.

Chelsea isn’t a bad girl, but she has a big mouth. She knows she shouldn’t gossip about others but she desperately wants to stay within the popular clique at school. Although this time, because of her, someone seriously ends up hurt in hospital. And so for much of this book, we remain within Chelsea’s mind as she stops talking. I like that as the protagonist, we get a good idea of what she’s thinking and feeling throughout her journey.

And Sam… Sam is all sorts of adorable right? I loved his character, and I love that he’s pegged as the underdog from the beginning, cause we all want the nice guy to win the girls heart. Sam is a good egg. I found his relationship with Chelsea completely cute, especially since for the most part it’s a one sided conversation.

Whilst this book is easy to read and digest, there’s some serious issues within including sexuality, bullying and feeling accepted. There’s some really tender, sweet moments also.

Definitely a fan of Hannah Harrington, I won’t lie. This is a must read!


Rating: 5 out of 5

What do you think?

  • I am such a big fan of this book! Bullying is a very relevant issue now and this was a wonderful story that drives home the ill effects of such behavior plus the moral of bearing false witness to others resonates as well.

    Fab review! Happy Sunday!

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