An absorbing drama about what happens when one of the popular girls becomes the target of her former friends’ bullying. Summary Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret, until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social. When Chelsea gets bullied for speaking out against some violent teens, she decides to take a vow of silence. Kidzworld reviews a book about bullying at its.
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Speechless by Hannah Harrington Goodreads Author. Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret Until now.
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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 Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret Until now. 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 speechleess way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. Harrington only her new friends can forgive what she’s done. If only she can forgive herself. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Speechlessplease sign up. Is this book good? Natalie Hayslett This is an amazing read. See all 3 questions about Speechless….
Lists with This Book. Jul 15, Blythe rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s different, and I love it.
However, based on the vague synopsis, I came to the conclusion that this book most likely wasn’t for me, and decided to pass on it.
It wasn’t until I saw glowing four and five star reviews for this book from trusted friends of mine that I decided to request this on NetGalley and see if I would end up liking it.
And let me just take a moment to say, that I’m so happy I took the chance and requested this on NetGalley. Normally, this would be the part in my review where I’d write my own little synopsis explaining what the book is about.
But, I’m not going to do this for Speechless. I want you, dear reader, to read the vague synopsis. And if you do read the provided synopsis and don’t know much about what will happen in Speechless afterwards, good.
I want you to go into this book knowing barely anything about it. I want this book to have the same surprise for you as it did for me. And hopefully, you end up enjoying it as much as I enjoyed it.
And I more than enjoyed this book. I loved this book to bits. I loved the characters, and the depth each and every one of them was provided with for the most part, but more on that later in the review. I loved the funny moments and one-liners this book had. I loved the emotional punch this book gave me, many, many times. But what I especially loved is how Harrington made me dislike the central character in the beginning, and then have me absolutely love her in the end.
Chelsea Knot is not a perfect character, she’s not a perfect person, but, in that sense, she’s realistic, and extremely easy to sympathize with. Wouldn’t you say that a flawed and believable character is easier to like and sympathize with than a perfect character? Chelsea knows that what she’s done in her past to people was wrong, and she learns the error of her ways and grows as a character immensely by the end of Speechlessand getting to see and compare the massive change in who Chelsea was by the beginning of this novel to the end is really something special.
Chelsea’s friends, Asha, Sam, Dex, and Lou might just be some of my favorite characters I’ve had the pleasure to read about so far this year.
Like Chelsea, they’re all flawed, but they’re all amazing and extremely likable characters, and they accepted Chelsea when no one else would.
Asha is the best friend anyone could ever hope to have – she’s loyal, helpful, and only ever sees the good in people. The same goes for Chelsea’s other friends, Sam, Dex, and Lou, who are all sweet and difficult to dislike. Though I would have liked to see much more of Dex and Lou! Harrington’s writing, while not the most exquisite, is captivating, and the dialogue between the characters is incredibly witty and fun. While we are at times bombarded by acronyms, overuse of the word ‘like’, and text speak, it only made the environment in which Chelsea and her friends were surrounded by, and their characters, more believable to me.
So, after all of this glowing praise for Speechlesswhy am I giving it four stars? There are only two reasons I can pinpoint as of right now that restrain myself from giving Speechless the five stars it undoubtedly deserves. Those two reasons are that Kristen, the main antagonist of the story, and really all of the other antagonists, are never given much depth. And the second reason that I can’t bring myself to give Speechless five stars is that the slut-shaming and Chelsea calling people freaks, etc, was a bit too much at times.
However, despite those problems, which seem miniscule when compared to all the things I didn’t have problems with, I think it’s safe to say, that – wait for it Speechless left me speechless. That was inevitable and you know it. View all 19 comments. Sep 04, Kat Kennedy rated it it was amazing Bannah Some novels are debatable in their quality.
Sometimes a novel can be like junkfood, but completely satisfying. Other novels are clearly made of better stuff though less able to hold the simpler demographic. Harrinngton has the happy coincidence of being made of better stuff, but clearly satisfying on a simpler level. Throughout my entire life, my father has had one reoccuring expression.
Use them in that ratio, speeclhess However, Chelsea Knot really gets it. One day her gossipy, thoughtless ways deeply and negatively impact another human being and she yarrington responsibility for it in a story that is worth telling and worth reading. She decides on a vow of silence as punitive response and in doing so learns a valuable lesson about life, friendship and love.
Let me just say, firstly, that this novel was very well written. Harrington clearly has a grasp on raw harringtin emotive translations of concepts and she presents them in such a way that they feel natural and speedhless.
Nobody wants to be symbolically slapped in the face with moralizing and hand-wringing. Speechless clearly addresses the issue of bullying, but first it addresses the issue of being a novel with harringto compelling cast of characters, a great story and a complicated moral playground — something infinitely more interesting. Chelsea is a great character. Her gossiping and thoughtless ways land someone in the hospital and she faces a huge decision — face social pariah by turning in the culprits, or ignore her culpability and keep being a Teen Queen.
Faced with finding a new way of life, new friends and a new Chelsea — Speechless shows her journey as she harrjngton all three. This was seriously just a feel good book that occasionally had me feeling a little teary.
Hxrrington well written, very thoughtful and full of lovely, endearing characters! View all 24 comments. If I’m completely honest, Chelsea’s story would probably have earned a 4 if I had read it any harringhon day, any other week, after any other book. What can I do, though? I am human, and no matter how amazing the character development was beginning Chelsea was kind of a slut-shamer and zpeechless judgmental, but she EVOLVES, woot!
I could have, perhaps I would have, but A. King made me feel so much that everything comes with an undercurrent of bleakness now. Objectively, I did like Speechless. Subjectively, I never felt truly immersed or connected – rarely, at least. I enjoyed following the characters but they failed in their attempt to make me believe in them, and if I cared, it was always from a distance.
Is it because of the writing? I have no idea. A little of both, certainly. As it is, my disappointment lies in the fact that I found the story lacking depth – I didn’t feel. So, yeah, I had two options: The thing is, I don’t do extrapolating – it doesn’t seem fair to mebecause I have no way of knowing if my hunches would be accurate.
Sorry guys for this crappy review useless rambling. For more of my reviews, please visit: View all 12 comments. Running my mouth has hurt harribgton people already-the least I can do is shut up. There are so many books that I admire and adore, especially when it comes to YA realistic fiction.