Author: Hannah Harrington
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can't keep a secretReview by Nara
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.
**THIS ENTIRE REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS**
Okay, so it's been a while since this book was released, so I'm going to do a discussion post again. If you want a spoiler-free review, have a look at Chantelle's. Again, brief non-spoiler bit before we go on to the good stuff (which is hidden under a spoiler tag).
Speechless is one of my favourite books. It's such a poignant novel about redemption and a form of sacrifice. About doing what is right, and about one character's journey to find out what exactly that is.
Initially, bluntly put, main character Chelsea Knot is a bitch. A mouthy bitch at that.
After all, everyone knows that Chelsea Knot doesn't know how to keep her mouth shut.
She and her "best friend" Kristen are manipulative, status-seeking and yeah, basically, terrible people. While reading the first section of the book, it's actually unclear whether Chelsea really has any true friends.
Sometimes Kristen can be such a bitch. If she wasn't my best friend, I'd probably hate her.
So really, according to Chelsea, the only reason she likes Kristen is because she's her "best friend".
Although she initially seems rather dislikable, we do see glimpses of a character that we could, maybe, just possibly like:
(of Brendon Ryan) We've been caught in a wildly passionate, completely one-sided affair since freshman year.
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So really, I highly recommend reading this book. It's such a beautiful, realistic novel of mistakes, second chances, and a sweet romance. (+Sam. Can't ever forget Sam.)