- Title: Speechless
- Author: Hannah Harrington
- Publisher: Mira Ink
- ISBN: 9781848451926
- Published: 1st Feb 2013
I read Saving June by Hannah Harrington last year, and really enjoyed it, so when I was offered a review copy of Speechless (via @netgalley) I readily downloaded a copy for my kindle.
I started reading it a couple of days ago, and almost didn’t make it past the first few chapters. When we first meet Chelsea, she is a shallow, self-centered, and pretty mean piece-of-work, with very few redeeming features. As someone for whom likeable characters are an important of my reading, I found it quite tough going, and found myself skimming until the point at which her conscience kicks in.
I understand the need for those early pages, as we have to see where Chelsea comes from, what I will say, it is worth the work, because once removed from her old circle of friends, we start to get to see the real Chelsea, who is a much more interesting and likeable person. She may have enjoyed the benefits of that social circle, but the Chelsea that she allowed herself to become with her old friends, buried some of the real Chelsea.
Hannah Harrington, thankfully doesn’t make the old characteristics disappear totally, Chelsea, did like some of her old life, even if she wouldn’t necessarily go back, but by the end of the book, she knows she is the sum of all her parts, and is better placed to recognise this and control it.
The vow of silence Chelsea makes, could be a really irritating device, but as Chelsea says (well writes…) at one point, when she is trying to explain the diference between talking and writing out her words, is that she has to think about them first. While it’s not as obvious, so do her new friends, and this allows us to look at the story though a slightly different window.
In the synopsis (click the tab above to read – or scroll down if reading by RSS) There’s a couple of misnomers, Sam isn’t that rebellious, at least as far as I could see, nor is he the only one that understands, all her her friends have a similar reason to distrust/dislike Chelsea, they are all friends of Noah, the boy who was hurt, yet they see something in her, that obviously makes them think she is worth the effort. Some come to this more quickly than others it has to be said.
In the end I grew to like the entire gang that hung out at Rosie’s (the cafe Sam and his friends all work at), and stayed up till past 2am to finish the last half of the book.
Don’t give up if you don’t like her at first, because Chelsea’s story is well worth the read.
Can’t keep a secret…until now.
Everyone’s 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? Wrong Suddenly taking a stand’s 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.
My copy of Speechless by Hannah Harrington was provided by the publisher (Mira Ink via @netgalley) for review purposes