Monday, September 10, 2012

Book Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

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. Goblin King
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:
     WOW! A vow of silence for four weeks. She is phenomenal. Yup! Our protagonist here, little Ms. Chelsea is just this girl whom took a vow of silence after deciding that her big mouth basically ruined her life but it was just the beginning of something new - good or bad as it may sometimes seem. 

    The idea behind this story sort of took by surprise, I didn't quite know what to expect because I received this book after a while of reading the synopsis and so it was like blindly opening a book to find behind it a brilliant idea! Like seriously! a vow of silence….. I admire and respect her with all my heart, for I wouldn't be able to do it. Like there were moments where I was sure that she was going to give up - the situation was bad - and then she don't and I'd be like ' :o ' But I like the fact that were able to go through her mind during this silence vow and see what was going on her mind which was quite cool actually - keeping in mind that she is a normal teenage girl and I could personally relate to so many stuff in her life and I was so agitated when she finally spoke again, even more than she was, she took it a bit lightly ;)

    Chelsea had this bit of B to her act at first - in the most idiotic way ever -but after what happened to her, you could vividly see that she was buried under a mask of public face, a face of a teenager seeking popularity and imitation but matured enough throughout the story, trying to find the real HER and finding new means to the terms 'friendship' and 'love' and discovering new ones as well like 'forgiving' and 'guiltiness', all during the progress. On the other hand, we have Sam who was a bit of an inexperienced good guy in a goofy way as well - still cute though and nothing over the top in his attitude - which resulted in some spontaneousness which resulted in me liking him . In point of fact, I liked all the characters - the bad and the good ones, Asha and Kristen, especially Kristen, you could tell she still wanted her best friend Chelsea but she couldn't swallow her pride and give up her position as a popular girl that all the guys want and all girls envy. I really appreciate the authenticity that the author was able to show in them and perhaps, setting them as fictional examples, somewhat presenting issues from our real world - of course since this is a contemporary novel - but it was a good one.

   The writing style was really amazing - proving was the result I personally got after reading the book - for if it was written in a less professional or fluent way, I wouldn't have known where this book would have ended up being. And I actually went and got Saving June soon after for I was complied by this author and decided to get her other book.

   Overall, Speechless was one of those books that I think most people would read and love/like. It.... it left me speechless at some point. It had an enjoyable storyline, good pacing, light-hearted romance and pragmatic characters, plus, it was a exquisite - thought-provking - read that I had a hard time puting it down. And as unrealistic as it may seem to some, I think you might want to give it a try and believe me, it's not much of a heavy read, you will only be focused on the story itself. Recommend it!

Title: Speechless
Author: Hannah Harrington
Series: Stand-alone
Published: August 28th 2012 by HarlequinTeen
Source: NetGalley *For Review*
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Rating: 4/5

*Thanks to Harlequin Teen and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC*

xoxo, Mariam  


Anonymous said...

I think I can relate to Chelsea. I certainly have a problem with keeping my mouth shut, almost always with secrets.

Jenni said...

This is an awesome review, Mariam! I'm so glad you enjoyed Speechless :) I love Hannah's writing style and some lines in particular stick with me, like the 'hate is easy,but love takes courage' line. Anyway, so glad you liked it! Awesome review <3

Jenni @ Jenni's Bookshelf

Magen Corrie said...

I can't even imagine not being able to speak, just thinking about it, sounds hard!!
I do love when a book takes me by surprise, too!
Glad you enjoyed it!
And your review was amazing!

Magen Corrie
~Corrie the book, crazed girl

Jessica@Booked Up! said...

Such an awesome review! I LOVE Hannah Harrington so have been dying to get my greedy hands on Speechless. It's great to hear that you enjoyed this, Mariam. :) xxx

MissKimberlyStardust said...

Great review, I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this it looks so,so, SO good!
-Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

Cait said...

Great review, this one really made me think a lot. If you haven't read Saving June yet I hope you love it, one of my faves of last year (and probably ever, actually!) I love this author, can't wait to read more from her

Cait x

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