Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Review // Speechless - Hannah Harrington

Published - 7th February 2012
Publisher - Mira
Format - Kindle
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.

Let's start simple - I really enjoyed this book! The story was great, the characters were brilliant and the writing superb. All excellent. 
In my opinion, Speechless was only made better by the fact that Chelsea, the main character and the cause of all of the drama, is massively flawed. I LOVE it when characters are flawed, because, aren't we all? What's even better is that she knows it, hates it and works on it. 

Chelsea's vow of silence really made the book interesting to me. How would a book go about having the main character not speaking? I was intrigued as to how she would communicate with anyone, if she even would communicate. The techniques used by Harrington are simple but effective and honestly, I get the feeling that I would have disliked Chelsea had she continued to talk. This way, like Asha and Sam, we really do get to know Chelsea and I just adore her. All of the characters really. Like everyone else, I formed yet another book crush on the loveable loser, Sam and found myself wishing that Asha was my best friend too. I wonder what she'd make for me?

Plot-wise, honestly - nothing much happened. There was no incredible rush of action and adventure, and other than the scandal that pushes the book forward, there isn't much else to sink your teeth into but strangely, that was fine! I would say that Speechless is a book that not only shows the ignorance of small-minded people, but how a person is never just what they seem. Everyone deserves the chance to be who they are and to have real, solid, honest friends and to me, that's the most important thing about Speechless. Definitely recommend.

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