First of all let me say one thing- I liked Saving June but, this novel... Speechless was so much better. I don’t usually read abuse books. It doesn’t matter if it’s about physical or verbal abuse. I am not comfortable with this subject because almost in all cases the victim can’t do a damn thing about it and just takes it all. Kids used to tease me about the way I dress and look, they still do, even today while I was walking past some idiots they made a comment about my hair. I take this stuff pretty well. I usually do some more weird stuff just to make them stare more because that is who I am. And I am not changing for anyone!
High-school is even more fragile period for kids than middle school was because that is when you are starting to discover yourself. Well, I can’t say that happened to everyone, but it did to me. I stopped hanging around my old friends because they didn’t understand why I was acting differently all of the sudden. But kids soon forget you and you find other friends who appreciate you for with all of your flaws and virtues.
I am not perfect. I’ve done some awful things to people but like Chelsea said- you need to cut yourself some slack and before asking for forgiveness you should forgive yourself first. You need to stop hating your freckles, crooked teeth, small breasts or whatever troubles you and just embrace it because that is all you, and you are unique!
Wow, after reading this review I see it’s in fact NOT a review but just me rambling. So sorry for that. This book is definitely worth the time and I would recommend it to everyone.
Another good book, along with Thirteen Reasons Why, that makes you think twice about how you interact with other people. Whether you're nice or mean, it does make you realize that whatever you do makes an impact, whether good or bad, does make you think twice about you say.
What a powerful and moving book! This book is about a girl standing up for gay kids, which I think is a touchy subject. This book was written so well though, and I was so captivated by the story. Chelsea and her vow of silence was very interesting to me. I would never be able to stay that silent for that long. This book was hard to read at times simply because it was so sad. Chelsea was so caught up in her own world, that when she finally realized life was not all about her, she really changed. It was cool to watch her realize that as she became friends with Sam and Asha. Chelsea and Sam's relationship was so sweet. He liked her even when she was the weird girl who would not talk. They went through so much together. I loved watching their relationship grow. So, so sweet. This is a very moving, emotional book that I would definitely recommend. It does have lots of language though, so maybe for older teens.
When I first heard of Speechless I was excited just by the fact that it was written by the amazing, Hannah Harrington. I then read the blurb and was further intrigued and after devouring Speechless, I am happy to say that it doesn’t disappoint.
I loved Saving June, but I must admit that it did take me a while to warm up to it. However, this wasn’t the case at all with Speechless. As soon as I started reading, I was thrown straight into the story. From beginning to end, Speechless had me in a page flipping frenzy; I couldn’t read fast enough.
Chelsea is your stereotypical popular girl, who loves the limelight – but then one night she goes too far. I won’t go into details but because of Chelsea’s love for gossip, secrets and being the centre of attention, all of a sudden, she’s been ditched by the popular crowd and even ridiculed by her “so called” friends. In the beginning, I didn’t like Chelsea but as the story progresses, and she starts to become a better person, the girl she once was, I began to really care for her. The secondary characters are what really make the story and whilst they are all amazing I especially loved Sam, Asha, and even though they weren't mentioned nearly as much as I would have liked, Noah and Andy.
Hannah has done it yet again! Gut wrenching, honest and real with the perfect amount of romance, Speechless left me feeling content and full of hope.
P.S - I think it’s really important that before you read Speechless, you remind yourself that this isn’t Saving June, it’s a completely different story but still an amazing one. It’s easy to compare and expect similar things from a certain book after being blown away from an author’s previous work. I’ve done it myself and the result usually ends in a disappointed reader. It’s not the books fault; it’s just that the reader has set unbeatable expectations. If you open up your mind and accept this, I have no doubt that you’ll love Speechless.
Extremely readable from beginning to end.
Super sweet romance.
I won Speechless from a giveaway for my honest review.
This is not the first book I’ve read by Hannah Harrington and it certainly wont be the last. I’m pretty sure I’ve fallen in love with her work. Her first book Saving June? Loved it. Her second book Speechless? In love with it! Speechless is about a girl named Chelsea who is a sophomore in high school and she loves to leak secrets. One day though she leaks the wrong secret and one of her class mates almost dies. This changes Chelsea’s life forever.
I was a little afraid to pick this book up when I got it because I thought it might be a little depressing and I’m definitely not in the mood for something depressing, but it wasn’t at all which I was very relieved about. To start off I had a little bit of a hard time sympathizing for Chelsea when her life went down the drain because I know girls like her and I hate all of them. But there are some things that are different about her and what she did which made me like her in the end.
One of the reasons I really enjoyed this book was that it was so real. The reason I say that is because things like what happened in this book happen all over the world everyday and some people don’t even realize how horrible it is. People who read this book will be given a new light on the certain situation in the book and it will probably open their eyes to things around them. It definitely has for me.
The other thing I loved is how well Harrington integrates love and friendship with this problem in the book. It really is great that she can do that so well because without it the book would have been boring. With the love and the friendship there’s parts in the book when your laughing or your just thinking “awe” pretty great right?
Sam… can we just talk about Sam please? I can’t really tell you who he is because it will giveaway major spoilers but let me tell you he is the best book guy I’ve met so far and I so want a guy like Sam for myself! He has so many good qualities. Like he’s a nerd but a skater boy great mix. He can cook and he’s pretty sweet and caring too! Now don’t we all need someone like that in our life? I think so.
In the end I give this book a solid 5 out of 5 stars. I’ll totally being thinking about this for years to come especially every time I see a book by Hannah Harrington I’ll always pick her books up because they’ll bring me back to the days I was reading Speechless
Speechless has a touch of romance and characters that are dynamic and beautifully written.
This is one of those books that leave you speechless. There was such character growth in Chelsea it was unbelievable, and the secondary cast of characters was amazing.
I started out not really liking Chelsea, but I think that was the whole point. It was so hard to watch her make such bad choices, but then completely redeem herself by making a very hard one... One that ended up alienating her from her friends, who then turn to bullying her. She decides to take a vow of silence that changes her so much. I can't imagine the resolve it would take to go as long as her without speaking. But she made such an impact on me that when my husband or kids would talk to me after I was reading, I would stare at them and think that I wasn't supposed to be talking. Then I would remember it is Chelsea and not me... I was that engrossed.
As for the secondary characters, there was the good and the evil, and both were done so well. Asha was so amazing. I loved her bubbliness and her willingness to befriend Chelsea. I loved watching their friendship grown and what Asha brought to the story.
I loved the tight knit bunch at Rosie's the local diner, and how that quickly became essential to Chelsea's life now that she was cast out of her circle of friends. The relationships with Sam and Andy the friends and boyfriend of Noah, the boy who was injured indirectly because of her but ultimately helped by Chelsea by her actions. I loved the interactions with Chelsea and Sam, and his bravery for opening himself up to her.
As far as Kristen, she is the it girl, and every bit what I couldn't stand yet somehow found myself envying in high school. Beauty, circle of friends, yet could and would turn on them in an instant. I never knew just how cruel it went though because there were moments when I thought I saw the glimmer of hope for growth in her, and then I wasn't sure if it was dashed the second that she opened her mouth.
This was a deep novel about speaking up for what's right, learning when to keep a secret, the power of friendship, bullying, self identity including being gay, and also featured involved parents and issues with the dad losing a job. Hannah Harrington weaved it all intricately, tactfully and powerfully into Speechless.
The moments where Chelsea had "aha" moments about herself, her actions and when she finally stood up for what ultimately got her into the mess were so powerful.
Bottom line: emotional story sprinkled with sarcasm, witty and light moments. Speechless has a touch of romance and characters that are dynamic and beautifully written.