Book Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Book Jacket: 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.

How Excited Was I To Read Speechless by Hannah Harrington? Excited by the author; didn’t really understand the concept.

How Excited Was I When I Finished This Book?: 9. Hugely excited. I want to roam the country passing it out to every teenager I happen to come across and demanding they sit down and read it immediately!

Review: The second I realized this book was about the dangers of bullying, about tolerance, about resisting peer pressure, about all sorts of good things, I got all squirmy excited. It was awkward. I LOVE a book with a good lesson. That might sound weird, but it’s true! I love being taught. I love it when a book makes me want to be a better person. It’s the cheesiest thing imaginable. I think it comes from growing up on very old-fashioned fare? Think Pollyanna.

But what’s amazing about this book is that it isn’t preachy! Or cheesy! It’s just good! It takes finesse to walk the fine line presented by the story here, but Hannah Harrington is a great writer who is more than up to the challenge. And kudos to her for telling such a story.

Some parts of Chloe’s experiences feel exaggerated. But on the other hand, who am I to say that surely high schoolers can’t be THAT evil? They probably can be.

It was great to watch Chloe’s transformation over the course of the book. No spoilers there. I need to add in a category for fist pumps. I totally fist pumped for Chloe when she decided it was time to be the heroine of her own story. Love the concept and love the word choice.

In sum, well-written book about the dangers of bullying and the importance of tolerance. And I love how many young adult authors have taken on the LGBT subject. Yay for Hannah Harrington.

Sexual Tension Factor: It exists. I won’t say more except that I was a bit surprised at times and that the focus remained on Chloe, which I totally appreciated.

Recommended for: All teens!

If You Liked This Book You Should Also Check Out: Saving June! Another great book by Hannah Harrington. Parts of this book reminded me a lot of Welcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell (click here for our review!). I think they would appeal to the same audience! And it’s not just because the main characters are both red-heads named Chloe!

Thanks to Harlequin Teen for Providing An ARC for this review! Speechless will be released August 28th!

p.s. I just headed over to her blog and discovered that Hannah Harrington is hosting a giveaway for U.S. readers all this week! I’m spreading the love… click here to enter!