23 August 2012

Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Expected Publication: 23 August 2012 by HarlequinTeen

Pages: 288 (paperback)

Genre/s: YA, Contemporary

Source: Publisher for review

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Synopsis (Goodreads)

The story of a girl named Chelsea Knot who takes a voluntary oath of silence after her gossip-mongering ways yield unexpected consequences…

Saying she’s sorry isn’t enough.

My Thoughts

HarlequinTeen have published a bunch of amazing YA contemporaries in the past few months, and I've been lucky enough to read a few of them.  With Speechless, I had high expectations - Hannah Harrington is the author of the much loved Saving June, so I was looking forward to experiencing her writing for myself.

Chelsea Knot has it all - she's popular, best friends with the Queen Bee, is working on catching the eye of the cutest boy in school, and loves nothing more than a good gossip - even at the expense of other people.  But one night her love of gossip goes one step too far and suddenly she's the most hated girl in school.

Honestly, I didn't like Chelsea at the beginning of the book, but as the story progressed, I liked her more and more, particularly after she did something early on that I didn't expect that she would.  By the end of the book, I wanted everything to work out for her, and her new friends.  The secondary characters of Speechless are a big part of the story, and almost all of them likable.

I particulary liked that Chelsea had a close relationship with her parents - they aren't just background figures, they are part of the book, and I really enjoyed the interaction that she had with both her mother and her father.

Speechless is more than just a book about a popular girl's fall from grace, there are strong themes of friendship, acceptance and a realistic romance that all make for an extraordinarly good contemporary YA, complimented by Hannah Harrington's addictive writing style and excellent characterisation.

Speechless goes right to the top of my favourite YA Contemporaries for 2012.


  1. I just reviewed this myself and the part about bullying is what really resonated with me the most. Kids and parents should read this together.

  2. This one definitely sounds like a good, meaningful YA contemporary. Great review, Kat. :D

  3. I love how this one doesn't sound like a typical high-school contemporary (not that those are bad!). And yay for not falling for absent-parent syndrome, because that's one of my biggest annoyances in YA books! I can't wait to read Speechless, as I'm sure it's going to be just as amazing for me as it has been for others. Great review!

  4. Yay! I'll be reading this soon. I know contemporaries aren't your super favorite genre either, so this must be awesome!

  5. I just finished Speechless the other night and I really liked it too.
    I was happy about the parents. They were actually involved in their daughters life. Rare in YA these days.
    Great review.

  6. Awesome! Your review's just made my evening/ erm...early morning...man time flies. I got Speechless this week and I thought the blurb sounded fab. Have seen some positive review, and now this has me even more excited to get started.
    Katja @ YA's the Word



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