Speechless by Hannah Harrington

How did I get the book?  From Netgalley, thank you @ Harlequin (UK) Limited

Genre: Contemporary

First Impression: I do love the UK cover.

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.

200words (or less) review: Speechless is a book about dealing with consequences and bullying. Chelsea has worked hard at being one of the popular crowd, losing her own identity to fit in with what Kristen expects her best friend to be.

At the start of the book I didn’t like Chelsea, she’s shallow and selfish – but the point of Speechless is that Chelsea grows and her one redemption is that she does speak out. Doing the right things costs Chelsea her popularity and her friends.

For the first half of the book I was absolutely taken by the story (it did drop a bit towards the end). Chelsea’s resolve not to speak meant that huge chunks of the narration were internal monologue. Surprisingly this didn’t get boring, I liked Hannah Harrington’s style of writing and thought that the slower development of Chelsea character really worked.

Speechless is predictable of sorts but still a really enjoyable read and the new friends Chelsea makes are interesting, particularly Asha who was the best character by far.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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