Speechless

Speechless

by Hannah Harrington

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ISBN-13: 9780373212033
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Edition description: Original
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 833,697
Product dimensions: 5.29(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Hannah Harrington resides in Michigan with one dog and too many cats. When she isn’t busy writing like a crazy person, she enjoys arguing about politics, watching documentaries, playing guitar (very badly), and speaking about herself in the third person. You can find her online at hannahharrington.blogspot.com, facebook.com/hannahharrington and on Twitter @hharrington_.

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Keeping secrets isn't my specialty. It never has been, ever since kindergarten when I found out Becky Swanson had a crush on Tommy Barnes, and I managed to circulate that fact to the entire class, including Tommy himself, within our fifteen minute recess—a pretty impressive feat, in retrospect. That was ten years ago, and it still may hold the record for my personal best.

The secret I have right now is so, so much juicier than that. I'm just about ready to burst at the seams.

"Will you stop the teasing already?" Kristen says. We're in her bedroom where I'm helping her decide on an outfit for tonight—a drawn-out process when your wardrobe is as massive as hers. "It's annoying. Just tell me."

Kristen is not a patient person. I realize I've been pushing it by alluding to my newfound information over the past twenty minutes without actually divulging anything. Of course I'm going to tell her; she's my best friend, and I can't keep it to myself much longer without truly pissing her off. A pissed-off Kristen is not a fun Kristen. Still, it's rare for me to have the upper hand with her, so I can't help but hold it over her head just a little.

"I don't know," I say innocently. "I'm not sure you can handle it____"

She turns around from where she's digging through her closet and chucks a black leather sandal at me. I shield my face with both hands, laughing as the shoe bounces off one arm and onto the mattress. Kristen props a hand on her narrow hip and cocks her head at me, her glossy, shoulder-length blond hair swaying with the motion.

"You're building this up way too much," she says. She yanks out a shimmery red top from her closet before facing me again. "I bet whatever it is, it's completely lame."

"Well, in that case, I'll keep it to myself." When she glares at me, I just smile in return and say, "Don't wear that. That baby-doll cut looks like something out of the maternity section."

She hangs the top back up and comes over to the bed, flopping down on her stomach next to me. "Spill," she whines, the previous iciness dissolving into borderline desperation. This is as close as Kristen ever gets to groveling. "Otherwise I'm uninviting you from the party."

The threat can't be real—Kristen knows I've been looking forward to her New Year's Eve party for over a month now. She even helped concoct the cover story necessary to convince my mother to let me come over to her house despite the grounding I received after my parents saw my latest report card. Like I'm ever going to need geometry in real life anyway.

Even though Kristen can be…touchy, she wouldn't uninvite me from the party over something like this—but I decide it's better to cave already than to test her on it.

"Okay, okay," I relent. "I'll tell you."

She breaks into a grin and scoots closer to me. I like having her attention like this; Kristen is easily bored, so when I do get her full focus, it makes me feel like I'm doing something right. She is, after all, one of—if not the—most popular girls in the sophomore class, if you keep track of that sort of thing, which I do. She's used to people fawning all over her to get on her good side. I've been on her good side for almost two years now, and I intend to stay there. I'd better make this good.

"So I met up with Megan today because she wanted me to help her pick out new shoes, right?" I start. "She also wanted to bitch to me about Owen, because he totally blew her off last weekend and they've been fighting a lot, and she's wondering if she should break up with him."

Kristen's mouth tugs into a frown. "Um, yawn. I already know this."

"I'm not done yet," I assure her. "Anyway, so Megan brings along Tessa Schauer, which…whatever. She's annoying, but I can deal. We shop for a while and everything's fine, and then I remember I need to call my mom about picking stuff up from the dry cleaners, except I'm an idiot who didn't charge my phone and the battery's dead. I ask Tessa if I can borrow hers since she's right there, and she hands it off and walks away. I call my mom, and then I'm about to give it back, but I decided to look through the pictures on the phone because I'm nosy like that, and…" I pause for a moment, just to draw out the anticipation.

"And…?" Kristen prompts. She's totally hanging on to every word.

"And," I say, "the first one I see? It's of Tessa. With Owen. Looking very…shall we say…friendly."

Her eyes widen. "How friendly?" she asks.

I dig my phone out of my pocket and toss it at her. "Look for yourself."

I watch in amusement as she fumbles with my phone, scrolling through my text messages. "Shut up," she gasps, looking back up at me. "You forwarded the pictures to yourself?"

"Duh."

"Won't Tessa know?"

I'm a little insulted by the question, to be honest. Of course I thought ahead. I'm not an amateur. "I deleted the sent texts," I explain. "She'll have no idea."

"That is…" Kristen pauses, and then grins up at me. "Totally brilliant."

I take the phone back and look at the screen, where the high-angled self-portrait of Tessa and Owen midkiss stares back at me. So tacky. Not just the picture, or how Owen's mouth is open so wide I can actually see his tongue entering Tessa's mouth (gross, gross, gross), but making out with your alleged best friend's boyfriend behind her back? That's just classless. I would never in a million years hook up with Kristen's boyfriend, Warren Snyder, while she's dating him. Okay, I would never hook up with him, period, because he's a sleaze, but that's beside the point. The point is, some things are sacred.

"She's a shitty friend," I tell Kristen. "I can't believe she did that to Megan." There's no way Megan will forgive her when she finds out. She's dated Owen for over a year, and Tessa's been her best friend for longer than that. An entire friendship down the drain, all because Tessa couldn't keep her hands off Owen. No boy is worth that. Not even Brendon Ryan, whom I would do a number of immoral and insane things for, and who is quite possibly the love of my life, even if he doesn't know it yet. We've been caught in a wildly passionate, completely one-sided affair since freshman year.

"Tessa Schauer is a slutty bitch. I hope Megan kicks her ass," Kristen says. "When are you going to tell her?"

"Tonight, probably." Megan and Tessa will both be at the party, so I'll have to find a way to corner Megan alone and break the news. Tessa will know it's me, even if I erased my tracks, but whatever. Who cares? Snooping on someone's phone is a far more minor offense than slutting around with your best friend's boyfriend. No one will have sympathy for her.

Kristen rolls off the bed and stands in front of her full-length mirror, fiddling with the ends of her perfect hair. "You know, you could have some fun with this," she muses.

I sit up. "How?"

"If you tell Tessa you know about her and Owen, I bet she'd do just about anything to keep you from sharing that with Megan."

"Like blackmail?" I frown. "I don't know…"

"I'm just saying," Kristen says, "I know for afact that she has a fake ID. She was attention-whoring like crazy, showing it off to everyone who would listen in Econ last week. Maybe you could convince her to hook up the two of us with our own."

Interesting idea. Except—

"What would we do with a fake ID?" I ask. Buying booze is the obvious answer, but while Kristen might pass for twenty-one with the right push-up bra and a pair of heels, there's no way I could. I am much less…developed than her.

"Well, I could go to Rave with Warren, for starters," she says. "You only have to be eighteen to get in."

Rave is this nightclub in Westfield, the next town over. Warren turned eighteen last month and went there to celebrate, and wouldn't shut up about it for two weeks. I have to admit, it would be interesting to see what all the fuss is about.

And if it's important to Kristen, then it's important to me.

"I'll see what I can do," I tell her, and by the way Kristen smiles at me, I know that was exactly what she wanted to hear. Six hours later I don't know how I'm going to talk myself out of this one.

My phone buzzes insistently in my hand, like it knows I'm trying to avoid it. A glance at the front screen confirms my impending doom: MOM flashes there like it's mocking me. Crap.

Kristen nudges me in the rib cage with her elbow. "Who the hell is calling you?" she demands. "Everyone worth knowing is already here."

It's true; the party is in full swing, the room filled with half of Grand Lake High's student body—well, the half that matters, anyway—and loud music. It's no secret Kristen Courteau throws the best parties. Absentee parents, an older brother who has no problem supplying minors with alcohol, a big house with a top-notch stereo system—it's everything a group of rowdy sixteen-year-olds could ask for.

On this couch I'm packed in tight like a sardine, stuck between Kristen and Brendon Ryan. Brendon Ryan, the last person I want knowing that my mother is calling to check up on me.

"It's my mom," I explain, leaning my head close to hers to be heard over the racket and praying that Brendon is too absorbed in downing his beer to pay attention. "She'll be pissed if I don't answer."

"Then answer it," Kristen says, like it's that simple.

"And have her hear all this?" I shake my head. "She'll kill me!

"Fine, then don't answer it." Kristen rolls her eyes and knocks back the rest of her drink. Somehow she manages to look good doing even that. "I'm getting more beer," she informs me, peeling herself off the couch and dancing her way across the room to the cooler and abandoning me to resolve this problem on my own. Sometimes Kristen can be such a bitch. If she wasn't my best friend, I'd probably hate her.

Next to me, Brendon curls his hand over the cap of my shoulder and leans in close to my ear. Normally I'd be thrilled because a) Brendon Ryan is touching me, b) his near proximity means I can smell him, and c) BRENDON RYAN IS TOUCHING ME OH MY GOD (!!!), but I can't even savor the moment because I'm too panicked. Also, tonight he reeks too much of beer and cloying cologne. This is a disappointment because I always assumed that a perfect creature such as Brendon would smell of spring rain and mountain breezes and other heavenly aromas.

"Hey," he says, his breath warm against my ear, and oh, yeah, that's enough to send my already racing pulse into overdrive. "I bet if you go down the hall it'll be quieter."

It's a no-brainer suggestion, really, but in that moment, I feel like Brendon is a certified genius for coming up with it. Maybe it's due to the fact that when I'm anywhere within a six-foot radius of Brendon I lose all ability to think coherently. Well, okay, the Jell-O shot I kicked back ten minutes ago probably isn't helping matters.

"Yes," I finally choke out once I realize I've spent the last several seconds staring into his brain-melty hazel eyes with my mouth hanging open like the love-struck idiot I am. "Good idea."

I push myself off the couch, stumble past the cluster of barely clothed freshman girls writhing to some electro dance remix—nasty—and don't stop until I've reached the end of the hallway. Of course, even down here I can feel vibrations from the stereo's pulsating bass. My phone stopped ringing a while ago. Great. Now I need to come up with an excuse to explain why I didn't answer Mom's call right away. One that does not involve divulging that I'm at a New Year's Eve party with a bunch of intoxicated minors.

It's so stupid. One lousy grade and my parents act like it's the end of the world. A D- in geometry is not going to ruin my entire life. But of course they don't see it that way. The only reason I was allowed over to Kristen's at all was under the pretense that we'd be babysitting her younger cousins. If Mom finds out what's really going on, there'll be hell to pay.

I open the hall closet and lock myself inside; at least the door blocks some of the sound from the raging party. My phone starts ringing again—Mom, of course. I push aside a broom handle and answer it with the most nonchalant hello I can muster.

"Chelsea," she says, and by the way she says my name alone, I can perfectly picture the pinched expression on her face. "Why didn't you pick up before?"

"Um…" I rack my brain for the first believable excuse. "My phone was at the bottom of my bag, and I couldn't find it in time. You know my purse…it's like a black hole."

"Uh-huh," she says. I can't tell if she's skeptical or if I'm just paranoid.

I perch awkwardly on the edge of a cardboard box, keeping one eye on the door. "So, what's up?"

"I just thought I'd ask if you could pick up a gallon of milk before you drive home tomorrow morning." She pauses. "How is the babysitting going?"

"Fine," I say, though of course as soon as the word leaves my mouth, something crashes in the hallway. I cringe and press a hand to my forehead. This is just perfect.

"What was that?"

I recover without missing a beat. "Oh, just one of the kids causing trouble," I say. "Probably should've skipped the candy after dinner—sugar overload." I let out a laugh and hope it doesn't come out too forced. "Actually I should probably go help Kristen wrangle them before they destroy the house."

"All right," Mom says, so oblivious I feel kind of bad. But only for a second. Then I'm just relieved that she actually buys my story. "Just make sure to pick up the milk tomorrow."

"Right. The milk. Got it." I need to wrap up this call ASAP before someone gives me away. "I'll talk to you later, okay?"

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Speechless 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was considering getting this book. Then I read your review and decided to buy the book, because honestly, your review kinda pissed me off. And guess what? The book was amazing. I now love Hannah Harrington and highly recommend another book by her, Saving June. Thanks, "Too much cussing"! Oh yeah, there's absolutely nothing wrong with being gay. That was actually an important message in the book! So, "Too much cussing", I suggest you become more accepting of real life and the people who live in it. (And yeah, this is getting ridiculously long, but I have to say this; it's a high school book. Of course there's cussing and sexual themes. Have you even BEEN to high school?) If you read all this, thanks! This book totally rules, and so does the author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was speechless when i read this. Very good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were grammatical errors in the book. I'm not sure if it was purposeful, or if nobody caught it before the final cut. Anyways, I couldn't bring myself to keep reading the book, I gave up reading it not even half way through. It dragged on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in two days. Amazing! I loved the concept and the story line in this book. I  highly recommend it!!
TheReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
 think I'll start this review saying that Speechless left me speechless. I'm pretty sure I just lost half my friends by that horrible pun, but it's true. It's brilliant, and I'm sure it'll be a favorite of many people, but after reading The Sea of Tranquility, this pales in comparison. Everyone knows a person like Chelsea. She's that person that, no matter what, cannot keep a secret. Usually, she's best friends with one of the most popular people, possibly for that reason. One night, at a party, she sees two guys getting together, and comes downstairs and tells everyone. One of them gets beat up so severely that he goes into a coma. When Chelsea finds out about this, she tells her parents, and that's the last thing she says for a while. After this, she becomes a pariah, and everyone stays away from her. In the beginning, Chelsea isn't likeable. In fact, I hated her with a passion. But then, she went through a magical thing called character development. Hear that, other YA books? Character development. Where a character actually changes into a better person. Even though I didn't like Chelsea at first, she was still relatable, and she stayed relatable throughout the book. Though Speechless is very easy to read, it deals with very dark issues, and it deals with them well. I recommend this for people who want something that deals with LGBT acceptance in a light-hearted way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always judge a book by its cover. This one intriged me. But i havent read it yet
shesaxsensation More than 1 year ago
I. Adored. This. Book.  There were actually quite a few reviews of this book that mentioned how they liked Saving June, Harrington's debut, a lot more then Speechless. I'm really happy that I read Speechless first because maybe I wouldn't have liked it as much as I did. Also, this means I have Saving June to look forward to reading! While this may sound like an insult to some people, I think of it as a compliment: Speechless made me feel like I was watching a really good Lifetime movie. Almost like a moderately different but still similar version of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. And while there are similarities, the differences are large enough so I don't feel like I'm reading the same book. Two of the main characters, Sam and Asha, are some of the most lovable characters I've had the pleasure to meet. What I loved the most about Chelsea and Sam's relationship, is that it took time. Yeah, they connected and there might have been some instant chemistry, but it took time for the both of them to realize that. It was real and believable. Asha (Chelsea's new BFF,) is the sweetest girl ever. I hope I get to meet someone like her someday, because she's absolutely perfect.  Let's talk about the cover. I know there's a few different covers for Speechless, but I prefer the blank white one. It's definitely risky, because it's so blank. A lot of people (including myself) choose books by their cover. That's exactly what attracted me to this book though! The cover made me curious enough to figure out why it's so plain. I like how it fits the novel so well and I hope other readers can agree with that!  I've had a craving for contemp novels lately, and Speechless definitely helped while making me want more. Overall, I'm really pleased that I read this book and I would recommend it to anyone in the mood for a great contemp and fans of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Back in the old days, when I was a teenager, bullying was a rare thing in the public schools I attended. That’s not to say cruelty to others didn’t exist but it took a much quieter form, that of dismissal. There were three distinct social groups. The top rung was the popular kids, the “pretty ones”, the jocks and their friends, and they simply ignored the existence of everyone beneath them. The lowest group was a collection of hoods (black leather, no weapons, maybe a little marijuana), nerds (although I don’t think that specific term existed then), economically deprived, shop classers, those bound for blue-collar jobs after graduation. Everybody else fell into the middle stratum, generally those who were college-bound and sociable, on an economic level with the top group but not accepted into the inner circles. Essentially, all three groups cohabited nicely during classes but not in the halls or outside the school grounds. Even with such distinct lines drawn, though, the three groups didn’t actively try to make life miserable for each other. We managed to get along because people “knew their places”. Today’s world is much different for teens and middle-graders and bullying is visible and frequently vicious, whether it’s physical, verbal or emotional. Physical appearance is a common cause and I can’t help thinking that our love affair with TV, movies and celebrities has fed that particular worm. Sexual orientation is another major platform and I believe that has become more of a bullying issue as society has changed and LGBT kids are less likely to hide than they used to be. If there were LGBT kids in my schools, I never knew it, and I had known many of my fellow students since first grade. That lack of knowledge is not a good thing, just different from today’s atmosphere. Author Hannah Harrington has taken an all-too-common problem and expanded it. In Speechless, the victim is not just the gay teen who is exposed and subsequently attacked, it’s also the girl from the highest echelons who not only outed Noah but then turned in the jocks who beat him to the police. Her betrayal of her circle is what they find unforgiveable, not the hate crime itself. Chelsea starts out as a shallow girl whose interests lie in shopping, gossip, partying, and being BFF to the top girl in school but, for some reason, a spark of real decency exists in her. Her vow of silence is at first rather quixotic, an escape from reality, but could it become the means of her salvation? Chelsea is a complex character, much like a teen in real life, and it’s a pleasure to follow her search for redemption, her journey to maturity. Along the way, the reader meets some people it would be a delight to know and they’re well-rounded with problems of their own while being very appealing individuals, Asha and Sam in particular. Even some of the bullies have the occasional mitigating aspect which surely is the case outside the realm of novels. Ms. Harrington presents a storyline and all its side issues that grips the reader from the very beginning and her characters bring it to life. I wish that any teen in a position of power over others would read Speechless and perhaps gain a little insight into how that power can be misused. One last note—kudos to the publisher for such a great cover. Think about it. Speechlessness can lead to invisibility, can’t it?
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
When you read this book, be prepared to have it rattle your emotions. Written so explicitly well, this story will steal your heart. Obviously it is the plot that totally rocks! What happens when something you said takes an unexpected turn? It causes anger and almost death. WOW! Let me tell you that this girl took a lot. I mean A LOT! Some of the things that are done to her, said to her...it got me so angry! I just couldn't understand these people ignorance. But then again, that's what happens in high school. People are small minded and do not understand the impact that those things can have. There wasn't so much of a love interest but there are some amazing friendships that are established. I really enjoyed watching some friends come along to give her chance and know her. Even though they heard rumors, I loved that they didn't care what others thought. They were selfish in any of their actions despite what Chelsea. I think the greatest lesson in this book is to SPEAK UP! Despite what your beliefs are, of who you are, nobody deserves to be bullied. PERIOD. Speechless is an amazingly raw book. Fresh and unique, Speechless depicts the acts of human idiocy. The horror of single secret let out into a world of bullies make me shutter. If you truly want to dive into a world of selfish people, read Speechless. It will change your heart.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I read the summary of Speechless I was left wanting to know more. I mean, we've all been there, right? Either spreading the gossip or being the target of spread gossip. It's heartbreaking what simple words can put into motion, but especially in today's world of bullying, it's something we need to be oh-so-aware of.So in Speechless, Hannah Harrington addresses what happens when someone blurts out something that is someone else's intimate secret. She illustrates exactly how it begins, set into motion, and how it spirals to something worse. And then, she explored the clean-up.That clean-up is where things began to fall apart a little for me.For being a book about a secret, an awful big fuss was made about the person who spilled the secret, and very little information was given about the one who was hurt by it. I understand that the story was intended to center around Chelsea Knot, and her inability to keep a secret and subsequent vow of silence, but there was a lot of pity-partying and wallowing in guilt on Chelsea's part and even more focus on making sure she was the one able to laugh, love, and move on with her life.But the victim of her secret-telling? Oh, he just gets to make a cameo appearance.And that, my friends, is not how a book dealing with this subject should be treated. About halfway through, although entertained enough to keep reading, I found myself increasingly unable to sympathize, or even be happy, for Chelsea. I had enough of her - I wanted to know what happened to her victim, how he was handling things, how he was dealing with forgiveness/anger/despair/hurt/pain. Is this how books dealing with bullying and gossip-mongering should be dealt with? Do we really need to glorify the person doing them other than give them the means to make amends and then let them do it, end of story? I wanted to love Speechless. I was anxiously looking for a story on bullying that I could give to boys and girls around me who are dealing with this very real subject matter. But ultimately, I was disappointed in the route taken to get to the end.
arthistorychick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4½ stars/5 starsSource: NetGalleyWhen I found Hannah Harrington¿s novel Speechless at NetGalley I actually wondered ¿How good can a book about a teenage girl who takes a vow of silence really be?¿ The simple answer: extremely good! Speechless is a cautionary tale of just how damaging words and gossip can be. Chelsea Knot is the central character and she is, without doubt, a bitch. Chelsea has gossiped her way to the top of her high school¿s social ladder and she doesn¿t care who she hurts or how she hurts them as long as she maintains her position. Chelsea wields gossip like a weapon without ever stopping to think how her words, true or otherwise, can tear apart another person¿s life. And then one Friday night Chelsea discovers how her chosen weapon can not only backfire but have tragic consequences for others. One student is in the hospital in a coma and two others are accused of beating that student into the coma. Chelsea knows none of this would have ever happened if she just could have kept her big mouth shut!To Chelsea¿s credit, she does do the right thing and with the help of her parents she tells the police everything she knows about the beating, how it happened and who was involved. Chelsea understands that by doing the right thing it will cost her everything she holds so dear: her friends, her social standing, and thanks to her vow of silence, her voice. Yes, a teenage girl takes a vow of silence ¿ hell hath frozen over! I really wondered how Harrington could pull off a novel where the main character doesn¿t actually speak. Turns out, inner monologue can be quite fun and can very easily keep a character moving and developing. Chelsea spends a little more than a month honoring her vow of silence and it is during this month that she discovers what she once held so dear was not ever really worth holding on to at all. Her old ¿friends¿ lash out at Chelsea for ratting out two of their own: she is taunted, teased, her locker and car are vandalized, and she becomes a social pariah.Initially, I found it very, very, very hard to feel any semblance of sympathy for Chelsea. Her words and actions caused the mess she and others find themselves in and she should rightfully face the consequences of those actions. I really didn¿t want to like Chelsea but in the end, she surprised me! I honestly don¿t think I would have been able to change my opinion about Chelsea if she were using her actual voice and not her inner monologue. In her own head Chelsea acknowledges and faces many hard facts and realities about herself and her actions. She learns words mean something and once out there, they cannot be taken back. Chelsea begins to consider her words more carefully and when she does need to communicate (using a dry erase board) she thinks before she ¿speaks¿. Chelsea soon discovers that her vow of silence has some pleasant consequences to go along with the bad. She meets a few other social outcasts and while everyone is initially wary of one another the group finally comes together and Chelsea begins to understand what it is to have true friends. Chelsea also begins to understand that, like everyone else, she is human, has flaws, and will make mistakes. Once Chelsea understands and appreciates these revelations she is able to once again use her voice.The bottom line: Speechless is heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time and I really had no trouble getting through this book in short order. The plot is solid, the characters (both good and bad) show development and growth throughout, and the overall message that words matter is clear without being preachy. I can absolutely see this book appealing to a wide range of readers including more mature young adults and adults alike.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I won this book in a giveaway and I am so glad I am finally getting to it. Reading the synopsis of this book I knew it had to be good filled with teenage drama like no other. I did not want to put this book down once I started it as it was that good. Chelsea can not keep a secret to save her life. When at a party she sees two guys doing something and she ends up running downstairs in the middle of the party telling her best friend and those around her. Because of her doing this it sets a chain of events that has Chelsea learning that words can hurt others even if you don't mean them two. What she saw that night wasn't that bad but what happens afterwards is what makes Chelsea feel guilty. Two guys at the party Warren and his buddy decide to hurt one of the guys and because of that Chelsea feels as though she needs to tell the cops the truth. This makes her become a rat and the bullying starts. After this has occurred she feels as though she needs to take on a vow of silence for how long she doesn't know. Just that she doesn't want to hurt others by saying things she shouldn't say. Hey I know some people that should do this now a days. When Asha befriends Chelsea she realizes that she doesn't need to be hanging out with the so called popular kids they aren't all that fun. Asha and her friends are in a way carefree and are truly happy minus what happened to their friend. In the end Chelsea learns to forgive herself as the one person she hurt most of all has slowly forgiven her. She learns to find her true self and it was awesome to see Chelsea learn a hard lesson and grow as a teenager. This was a book I really could not put down and I was a bit sad to see it end. The drama, the oh wow moment, the teen romance (which isn't anything graphic) it all blended in perfectly. I plan to read more by this author I like her writing style and the way she can capture your attention.
NerdyMusicBliss More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Chelsea made a huge mistake by immediately outing Noah Beckett at a party- which lead to him being severely beaten up by star basketball players. Racked with guilt, Chelsea reports them to the cops, but she still feels so bad about what she did she's taken a vow of silence. By having the main character be silent, you can see more about her character and personality through actions and thoughts. You see the full extent to how awful harassment can be when dialogue isn't there to take away from its impact. This author amazingly portrays selfishness, selflessness, compassion, anger, self-worth, and how to forgive. The characters are very relatable and you can see the story unfold in your imagination. I would highly recommend this to anyone at all, especially to anyone who feels that they can't forgive themselves or anyone else.
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ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
Chelsea reminds me of Sam from Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall in that both are characters that are hard to like at first. While she has somewhat of a sense of right and wrong, she's also pretty clueless about the implications of her actions. All she wants is a little fun. But then her idea of fun sets in motion events that send a boy to the hospital, and she takes a vow of silence, believing that no good can come out of her words. Her story that follows is one of self-discovery, love, and forgiveness. Though Chelsea can be pretty insensitive, she's well-meaning at heart and a likable character. As much as she cares about some shallow things, she's willing to make sacrifices to do what her heart tells her is the right thing to do, and she proves capable of learning from her mistakes. That isn't to say that she has strong conviction. The whole reason that she takes the vow of silence is because she doesn't trust herself to say the right things. This made her all the more endearing and realistic. As much as I love a strong, independent female character, I also love the ones that need encouragement and support to move forward. The side characters were equally quirky and endearing. I love the cast the work at the diner. They're a bunch of fun characters that I would love to be friends with. They're down to earth and not afraid to call people out on their b***s***. (Yeah, there's some language flying around here, but not THAT much.) I don't want to start naming all the individual characters because that would be another review on its own; just know they're awesome, and I wish they had more screen time. If I have (and am) to give a special callout to someone though, it has to be Sam. I love me a dorky, imperfectly cute boy, and the scenes between him and Chelsea are so, so cute and giggle worthy. They had me smiling, in my happy place. They are beautiful and precious. I especially love how, while the book tackles some deep issues, it does so with fun and humor. It fits in with Chelsea's personality and make the book a quick, easy read. I also love how Chelsea is close with her parents. While she does sneak around a little, her parents are a constant presence, and it is obvious that her family is close-knit despite the problems they encounter. The only complaint I really have about the story is that the narration jumps around a little and doesn't really explain how some things come to be or does so later in the story, such as Sam deciding to befriend Chelsea. Something or someone would be mentioned here, and then it will pop up again later. Plot threads and characters weren't developed all that much, though not to the point that it's unbearable. Overall, Speechless is another powerful contemporary story from Hannah Harrington. While there are some problems with the writing, the message comes across, and I very much enjoyed the light style of writing. This is certainly a book that I will be recommending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whats the thing she said that ruined everything?
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
Chelsea Knot has gone too far. She was known to be a gossiper and prattler. Until one day when her thoughtless behaviour nearly gets someone killed and she decides to take a vow of silence to find back to her old self again. SPEECHLESS is a story showing that recklessness and thoughtlessness of social groups of teenagers can affect and even ruin the life of other teens. One day you are trying to make a good impression on your so-called friends and the next you see that the things you thought to be important suddently feel like trivial nonense. Chelsea's vow of silence is unexpected and radical. Others might think her decision ridiculous and unnecessary, what's done is done. But Chelsea doesn't recognize herself anymore. The vow of silence is the best decision she's ever made. Being silent is so very hard for a communicative person like Chelsea. She is a character with a high growth-potential. It's her choice to change her life, to be more responsive for people's feelings and to make sure to treat them with the respect and kindess they deserve. Her story is very reflective about her past social life and the mistakes she's made and she's more than willing to learn from past mistakes. So she very much deserves a chance at new love, too. With a new boy she meets, Noah. Noah and her love story is more slow and thought-through than Chelsea's previous actions. Chelsea is careful and considerate now. Before she can give him her heart, she wants to be absolutely sure she's a girl worth being loved and who can give as much honesty and love in return without hurting anyone in the process. 5/5 ***** SPEECHLESS – An efficacious and incorruptible story about a telling vow of silence with social and personal relevance. Chelsea Knot is probably one YA character with the smallest share of words, but one with the greatest inner developments. Hannah Harrington's writing was as flawless as in her debut novel SAVING JUNE. Her stories are relevant for teens, encouraging them to show incentive to change and think about their own ways of treating other people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book out if boredom. I thought t would just be something to read on the plane. But after I finished reading this, i fund myself really reflecting on various characters and how they changed as the story moved on. I felt ike I was there, watching, as Chelsea stood her ground and refused to give in to Kristen. I was moved when Asha reached out to pull her out of the hell she was in. I cheered Sam on as he stood up for Chelsea, I plotted with her and Andy. I bought this book over two years ago and I still read it, especially when I need a boost of inspiration.
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Truly beautiful... there's nothing more to say.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
surprisingly wonderful, i bought this book out of boredom and i wasn't expecting much, but i ended up really liking it. the characters were thought out and the concept was really original. it gave me a lot to think about and i will definitely be reading more of the author's work. i would recommend to everyone!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well judging by the title rthis book is honestly speechless it is written amazingly and gives great life lessons! But i do have to say this is for mature readers probably around ages 12-14ish that are mature and can handle language and mature situations. Aside from the maturity level i was just stunned by this book i loved it and it even taught me a fee lessons!! It is a magnificent boo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found this book, hidden back in a bookshelf in Barnes and Noble. The cover really drew me in. Thanks to this book, I do not gossip anymore and I stopped bullying people. This book has helped me change. Might I add, that Chelsea Knot is very similar to me. I love this book. It is also full of amazing quotes. "Hate is…it's too easy, Love. Love takes courage."