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Speechless [Kindle Edition]

Hannah Harrington
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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.


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From School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up-Chelsea Knot can't keep a secret. She tells all and makes many enemies along the way. Nothing seems to stop her from blabbing until Noah, a gay teen, is beaten to the point of hospitalization after she reveals that she saw him hooking up with another guy at a party. Upon learning about the trouble that she has caused, the teen decides to take a vow of silence like a monk she reads about in a National Geographic article. "What comes out of my mouth is the root of my problems, so the solution is for nothing to come out." During this time, Chelsea is abandoned by her former best friend and bullied with name-calling, locker trashing, and other forms of harassment. She sticks to her guns, however, and remains mute. Readers will wonder what will finally break her silence as the drama surrounding Noah's beating unfolds. The book could stand on this premise alone, but Harrington has chosen to throw in a bit of romance between Chelsea and Noah's best friend, Sam. Chelsea grows as a person, making new friends, learning to bite her tongue and developing a stronger sense of self. However, some readers might feel that her vow of silence draws too much attention away from Noah, especially those who sympathize with him. This book is part of the Love Is Louder movement whose mission is to help those who are mistreated and misunderstood. Readers might see Noah as misunderstood, but maybe not Chelsea.-Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Chelsea Knot falls from the top of her high school’s social ladder to hated loser in one night when she informs the police of an attack on a gay student by a couple of popular basketball players. It’s partially her fault—she instigated the attack by gossiping about the teen and spreading his secret to the student body. Trapped between guilt and broken pride, Chelsea takes a vow of silence to keep herself from causing any more harm. She receives unexpected sympathy from a group of students who help her forgive herself and find out who she really wants to be. Harrington addresses a serious issue in a heartrendingly tragic story that’s all too realistic. The strength of Harrington’s writing is that it leaves no point of view unturned. She portrays the far-reaching pain caused by all types of bullying, and more important, stresses the strength a teenager gains when they are bold enough to go against the crowd. A pertinent story about a girl who loses everything and gains herself. Grades 9-11. --Bethany Fort

Product Details

  • File Size: 387 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (August 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088NGY1A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,875 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and entertaining August 28, 2012
By K. Sowa
Format:Paperback
Chelsea is exactly the kind of girl I would have hated in high school. She is mean, snobby and a gossip. When her inability to keep a secret causes some real damage, her vow of silence starts a journey that I really enjoyed reading. I give the author a lot of credit for making her main character so unlikable at first. She is not a sympathetic character, despite doing the right thing, but as the layers of the story were added, I slowly began to start to see Chelsea as someone who took a hard road to find the right path. Even more enjoyable were the friends she makes during her vow of silence. I became just as attached to Asha, Sam and everyone else as I was to Chelsea. Although Chelsea's story was at the core of this book, it really became a string ensemble cast of endearing and believable characters.

There is certainly an examination of the consequences of bullying from the point of view pf the perpetrator, which was very emotional, but more than that it is a story about someone who decides that she is worthy of her own opinions. Chelsea is a follower and as the best friend of the most popular girl in school, there are certain perks, but Chelsea's journey involves the realization that sometimes you have to think enough of yourself to make a different choice. The wonderful people she meets because of her social ostracism are a great example of people that are ok with being themselves, even if they aren't the most popular. Chelsea's growth throughout the course of this book was such a joy to read and the honesty in the storytelling really brought this book to life.

With this sophomore offering from Hannah Harrington, I have officially become a devoted fan of her writing. Saving June was one of my favorites of 2011 (fans should keep their eyes peeled for a Jake and Harper cameo in this book) and I predict that Hannah Harrington will become one of the strongest voices in YA contemporary fiction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hannah Harrington has done it again August 28, 2012
Format:Paperback
Speechless, Hannah Harrington's sophomore novel, while not quite as impressive as her debut, still packed quite a punch. She seems to have a knack for writing heartbreaking contemporaries and even though I didn't love this one, I still really enjoyed it.

Speechless is the story of Chelsea, a girl whose big mouth manages to not only get her in trouble but also land someone in the hospital. Chelsea is not a heartless girl. She is a bit of a bitch but she never does things to hurt someone physically. She doesn't see herself as mean or hurtful. However, after the incident she reevaluates her actions and decides to take a vow of silence until she learns how not to hurt people when she talks. Through her silence she actually learns to listen to people. Chelsea may not be an easy person to like in the beginning of the book and she isn't totally loveable at the end either but she grows so much. The fact that she's not totally perfect by the end of the book makes her seem so much more real to me and I loved her even more for that.

Chelsea is not the only mean character. Her ex-friends are not nice people. They bully and torment her from the moment she turns on them and they really are nasty people. Honestly none of them redeem themselves and I felt that they deserved everything they got. Chelsea's new friends however are freaking fantastic. Sam, Asha, Andy, and the rest of the gang are hilarious. They're kind of a bunch of misfits and they just don't care. They think for themselves, they do what they want, and they are truly kind people. Sam is of course the love interest but the romance between him and Chelsea is very subtle and it's not a driving force in the book. And in no way is this insta-love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review from MajiBookshelf September 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Seeing Speechless on NetGalley made me so happy. After reading Hannah Harrington's debut novel, Saving June, I became a major fan. The cover immediately told me that there was something special about this book. Speechless has a message to all the readers out there, and a very strong message. Hannah Harrington talked about a very important topic, and it's talking. Not just normal talking, bad talking. Gossip, making fun, embarrassment, all of that stuff. The main protagonist, Chelsea, is a person who can keep no secret. She's such a blabbermouth, and will always tell people any information she gets. Just a person who genuinely loves gossip. Chelsea being in the popular crowd, and Kristen's puppet, everyone loves her. That is until she spills some other major gossip she got, and serious stuff happens. Chelsea doesn't realize how her words hurt many people around her. injuries and the police being involved, Chelsea had to go and tell the truth.
People blamed her. Kristen hates her now. Chelsea isn't popular anymore, and all of that just because she hadn't kept her mouth shut. Later on, she finds an article from National Geographic, talking about the Vow of silence. Bam, she gets the idea, and decides to do it. Chelsea literally becomes silent. She doesn't talk with her parents, with her teachers, even when she's all by herself. Even though Chelsea annoyed me at first, and seemed like one of those girls who only cared about popularity, I really liked how determined she seem. She put her mind to something, and didn't stop no matter how much she got in trouble for it. Speaking of trouble, she got detention from one of her teachers for not participating in class and refusing to speak, and that's where she meets Asha. Asha is an amazing character. I actually found her to perfect to be alive.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Speechless
A really good book about a not-so-good protagonist. I won't repeat the plot summary (that's what the book jacket is for) but I will say I didn't like Chelsea even by the end of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by cmvaldes
4.0 out of 5 stars Has an impact
Nothing makes me happier when reading a book than when that book is able to completely shock and stun me. Speechless is one of those books. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Britt R.
3.0 out of 5 stars Book Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Speechless isn’t everything that I expected it to be in both a good and bad way. But it’s a nice reminder of how bad things happen to good people because they’re different in a way... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Abbe Hinder
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars
Good read! I enjoyed this book, it was well written and kept me entertained until the very end, loved the main character and her new friends!
Published 4 months ago by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very bad things but good to know about them
This is an incredibly good book about gossip and its effects, homosexuality and homophobes, bullying in school and a girl caught in the middle of everything. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sarah Marie
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising
At first I wasn't sure how I felt about this book. The beginning was so crass and distasteful. But as I kept reading, I didn't want to put it down. In fact I didn't. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jessica Kissner
3.0 out of 5 stars Caught Between the Pages review
This book wasn't what I expected. At some points it was slow and frustrating but, overall, I think that I came out of it feeling better for what I'd read about. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kayla
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Read
In this story, there is a girl called Chelsea Knot. And she is the typical girl, friends with the most popular girl in school, with normal teenage girl problems. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining
I think I'll start this review saying that Speechless left me speechless. I'm pretty sure I just lost half my friends by that horrible pun, but it's true. Read more
Published 6 months ago by TexasTransplant
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book - loved it!
This book was an awesome read!!! My friend just borrowed it and raved about how great it was too. Great read for young adult/late teenager. Read more
Published 6 months ago by P H
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