Speechless by Hannah Harrington
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. (Goodreads)
Chelsea Knot has never heard a piece of juicy gossip she didn’t want to–didn’t have to– share. As one of the reigning popular girls, she never worries about the repercussions of being a jabber jaws. Her BFF, Kristen, is The Girl in school and as long as she’s in her good graces, Chelsea is safe as a kitten.
One drunken night and one secret that never, ever should have been blabbed–at least not by Chelsea–leaves one boy in the hospital, two arrested (one being Kristen’s boyfriend. Dum da dum dum), and Chelsea on the outs with everyone that matters to her because somewhere after doing the wrong thing, she tried to do what was right. All of this comes at a cost and Chelsea’s actions and her past come to haunt her. The cool kids hate her now, no one more than Kristen, and they go out of their way to make her life a living hell. In response Chelsea takes a vow of silence until she figures out exactly what do say or do to make things right again.
Well, if Saving June didn’t convince you that Hannah Harrington is immensely talented,let Speechless seal the deal. Make no mistake, this is an entirely different book. Though it deals with a couple of serious issues in a frank, open way, this book is lighter, has more humor and probably has more that your average girl (or boy) can relate to.
Chelsea isn’t someone you may like instantly. She’s a gossip. She relishes the opportunity to make others squirm. She clings to Kristen, a shallow mean girl, and feels no real remorse about her actions until it all backfires on her. This is when we see her true colors. She evolves. While she’s bullied, she sees that she’s brought on some of it herself (not that there is any excuse for bullying). She grows beautifully and what I loved is that in the end, the life she’s left behind, though it is full of bittersweet memories, is not where she wants to be. She likes who she becomes and she owns up to her mistakes. Life is different than she expected, but better.
In this book there are great stories of friendship, of courage, forgiveness and love in all forms. It hits every note just right–the guilt, the embarrassment, the burgeoning friendships, new romances, everything.
Crush Intensity: 4.25/5 I really enjoyed this one and will read pretty much anything by this author!
Thanks to Harlequin and Net Galley for providing me with an e-galley of Speechless!