Monday, 18 February 2013

Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Title: Speechless
Author: Hannah Harrington
Published by: Mira Ink
Publication date: 1st February 2013
Pages: 272
Genres: Young Adult/Friendship/Homosexuality
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Chelsea can't keep a secret...until now.

Everyones' shared gossip that they shouldn't have - but the last time Chelsea told a secret nearly got someone killed.

So Chelsea takes a vow of silence. If she keeps her mouth shut, at least things can't get any worse, right?


Suddenly taking a stands' making previously popular Chelsea a social outcast. But finding new ways to communicate is making her new friends in unexpected places, especially rebellious skateboarder Sam.

Sam's the last person who should give Chelsea a second chance.

It's his best friend who her gossip hurt the most - yet he's the only one who understands.
And the only one who can help Chelsea discover who she really is...and who she wants to be.  

When I got offered this book, I was very excited as I enjoyed Hannah Harrington's previous book, Saving June. 

First I'm just going to say - the cover is...interesting. I really like how the title of the book is designed, but I'm not a big fan of covers that have actual people on them. That's just my opinion though!

I didn't like Chelsea much at the beginning. She was one of those girls who I tend to dislike and avoid at school - loud, popular, and...fake. She only liked things if her 'best friend' liked them too.

It started at a New Year's Eve party, where she accidentally stumbled across two boys in bed together. Realising who they were, she decided to tell everyone at the party, without thinking about the possibly dangerous consequences. However, as the book went on, I found myself liking her more and more. She became herself, and she seemed to realise how bad the consequences of her actions had become.

Chelsea decides to take a vow of silence - if she keeps her mouth shut, life can't get any worse right? She begins to have a better outlook on life and generally becomes a better person.

My favourite character was Sam. Even though he wasn't very nice to Chelsea at the beginning, it's nice that he was eventually supportive even though it was his best friend that she had hurt the most. He was likeable and made everyone around him happy.

'Speechless' has a lot of hidden messages. For example, discrimination against gays (which needs to stop) and it also shows typical things that can happen in high school (bullying, hierarchies etc.)

This story is incredibly well written and it's a book that you just can't put down! The chapters aren't very long, which is a nice change from what I usually read.

I recommend this book to all teenagers. It shows that even with the hardest challenges in life, things will always get better eventually. 4/5!


  1. Brilliant review, Amber! This book has been on my wishlist for ages, I really want to read it :3
    I love the idea of hidden messages, it makes the book so much more worthwhile to read. Thanks for posting!

    1. Thanks! You should read it when you can, it's great.