Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Book Review: Speechless by: Hannah Harrington

Goodreads Summary: 

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.

My Review: 

ReadingNook Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Let me start off this review by saying that I love the simplicity of the cover, and I think it's fitting that the cover represents the tone of the story so well. I love Hannah Harrington's writing style, she has a way with words that draws me in everytime. After reading Saving June last year, I couldn't wait to get more of her writing, and I loved this book just as much. I think this story is so important for teenagers, to know how devastating spreading rumors and bullying can be.

I loved that she pushed the envelope with this story, in the respect that she made the situation super intense, but in a very realistic and tasteful way. I really grew to like Chelsea's character, and liked watching her grow and transform throughout the story. There are so many important topics that this book touches on; bullying, abuse, hate crimes, forgiveness, etc. I think certain books should have to be read during high school years, and If I was a teacher I would make sure this one made it on my reading list, yes it's gritty, but I can't stress how important I think this story is, esp. at an age when your vunerable, and think that what others think of you is most important.

Hannah Harrington is quickly making her way into my favorite authors. This being her second book, I cannot wait to read more from her. Both of her books grasped me in such a strong way, If you haven't read anything from her yet, you need to go out and get books literally right now!! 

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