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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...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by HarlequinTeen
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Sam
“You can be surrounded by people and still be lonely. You can be the most popular person in school, envied by every girl and wanted by every boy, and still feel completely worthless. The world can be laid at your feet and you can still not know what you want from it.”

Hannah Harrington has a way with words. She has the ability to turn even the most irritating contemporary topics into something remarkably readable and touching. The start of this book was, intentionally of course, full of clichés....more
Blythe
**2/9/13 - raised rating from four stars to five, because this was perfect and I honestly couldn't care less about the few negatives mentioned below, because I still think about this book to this day, and if I were to ever reread a book soon, it'd undoubtedly be this one.

"Hate is... it's too easy," he says. "Love. Love takes courage."

The main reason I checked out Speechless was because of its cover: a cover without a pretty girl in a pretty dress on the it, a cover without a pretty girl about t...more
Kat Kennedy
Some novels are debatable in their quality. Sometimes a novel can be like junkfood, but completely satisfying. Other novels are clearly made of better stuff though less able to hold the simpler demographic. Speechless has the happy coincidence of being made of better stuff, but clearly satisfying on a simpler level.

Throughout my entire life, my father has had one reoccuring expression. This doesn’t include his, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right” speech which I’ve heard a thousand time...more
Giselle
Can you imagine not speaking for days? Weeks? I have a hard time shutting up for a few hours. Chelsea, she gives a whole new meaning to the silent treatment when she decide to take a vow of silence after her big mouth basically ruins her life - or at least that's what she thinks.

After reading Saving June and getting to see how great an author Hannah is, I was highly anticipating her second novel, Speechless. Although not quite as emotionally intense as Saving June, it's a truly wonderful novel t...more
Dija
Sep 10, 2012 Dija rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who talk too much or too little. And everyone else too.
I can't believe someone as good as you exists. I can't believe you even want to be around me. I can't believe how lucky I am when just weeks ago I thought my life was over.

4.6/5 stars

Speechless is cheesy, sappy, and predictable, yet an absolute treasure regardless. Unlike most realistic YA novels out there, Chelsea's story is full of hope rather than angst.

Saving June had greater emotional impact, but in a lot of ways, I loved Speechless more. The subject matter in Saving June has been addresse...more
Basuhi
3.5 Stars.

“Hate is…it’s too easy,” he says.
“Love. Love takes courage.”


While reading this book, one thought kept gnawing at me.
Can I keep up silence like Chelsea?
I don't plan to, of course...but just how long can I be silent ?
I tried.
And, trust me, it's really difficult.
After a while if you intend to talk but are withholding for some reason, your jaw actually starts to ache. Ache from silence.
Ironic, isn't it ?

I need to say something, sing under my breath, keep murmuring, like that.
Like maybe...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
A popular girl, queen bee’s best friend, in fact, but one that never felt like she really belonged, commits an unforgivable offense against the in-crowd and becomes a social outcast overnight. Left without other options and tired of being the target of abuse, she starts spending time with the weird girl and her group of friends and, after a lot of personal growth and quite a few enlightening moments, realizes there’s more to life than malls and glitter.

Yes, that is a description of at least a h...more
Ash Wednesday
Dec 04, 2013 Ash Wednesday rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Mean Girls, Clueless and my future daughter
4.5 STARS
“I lost everything and she gets to run for fucking Snow Princess. It’s such bullshit. High school, the world. All of it.”

This book. This brilliant little book.

I really should just put in a corny one-liner how its brilliance has rendered me speechless and call it a day.

A story about a girl who took a vow of silence after divulging one too many secrets to one too many wrong people, leading to a horrible incident that nearly cost a boy's life... all for the sake of that high school ambro...more
Rose
Initial Thoughts: I could say something completely cliche like "Speechless" left me speechless, but that's rather inaccurate and couldn't be further from the truth. Hannah Harrington's novel made me want to climb on rooftops and declare its awesomeness. Wonderfully constructed characters in a beautifully written novel - and it manages to be funny in spurts while tackling some very tough issues.

One of the best reads in YA I've read this year.

Full Review: "Speechless" is Hannah Harrington's second...more
Keertana
Rating: 4.5 Stars

In all honesty, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I dove into Speechless. I picked it up for one reason and one reason alone – Hannah Harrington had written it. I knew, from the moment I requested it, that I would love it, but I never expected just how much. Harrington has a habit of surpassing even my wildest expectations – she did it with Saving June and she constantly does it again, every time I re-read her debut novel. Thus, while I was expecting nothing short of brilli...more
♥Rachel♥

In the beginning of Speechless, Chelsea is not a likable person. She’s friends with the very popular Kristen, who is not a very good friend at all. Kristen is the type of friend that encourages you to wear something that makes you look crappy, telling you how wonderful you look, so that you don’t outshine her in any way. I had a friend like that once and it took me a while to figure it out. But for Chelsea, this is overlooked because of the benefits her “friendship” brings. She’s popular by asso...more
Laura

I knew Speechless by Hannah Harrington was coming home with me at first sight. It spoke to me. The pure white cover’s peace and quiet stood out on the shelf, but it was the feel and texture of the book that made Speechless unputdownable. My hands could not stop running and sliding over the raised letters, smooth cover, and jagged cut pages. Without saying a word, I was in love. I realize I’m a book geek, but beautiful book presentations make me shiver! :)

Have you ever said something you regret?...more
Jasprit
This book has seriously left me speechless, what I enjoyed most about going into this book was that I had no real idea what the book would be about. The main reason for picking it up was because it was by Hannah Harrington; I adored Saving June so couldn’t wait to get my hands on more of her books. I liked how the synopsis hardly gave anything away and the cover was simple yet so beautiful. I liked the fact that I had no expectations what so ever (this made me realise I should do this more often...more
Sarah (saz101)
First thoughts: I LOVE. Hannah's a truly amazing writer, and Speechless is just... Impossible not to like. The characters--especially the secondaries--are a delight, and she handles deeper, darker issues with real sensitivity and insight. I adore.

In Saving June , a story essentially about loss and grief, Hannah Harrington showed us light, hope and joy. So it comes as little surprise that her sophomore offering, Speechless, a story about a shallow, nasty mean-girl has unexpected depths, its own h...more
Thomas
If books could reproduce - don't ask me for visuals - Speechless by Hannah Harrington would be the child of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. All three are YA, contemporary books I would love to just shove at my future students and force them to read.

Chelsea Knot can't keep a secret. She's one of those girls. If you've read any young-adult realistic fiction or if you've watched Mean Girls, you know the archetype I'm talking about. The totally selfish, totally con...more
Mands
Speechless is the second novel by author Hannah Harrington. Sixteen year old Chelsea Knot lives in Michigan. It’s NYE and Chelsea is at the party of her best friend and resident mean girl, Kristen. While at the party, Chelsea discovers something about a fell Grand Lake High student and in her attempt to tell Kristen, she shares the secret with almost the entire party leading to horrible consequences. After speaking up in attempt to make up for her outburst, Chelsea decides to take a vow of silen...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Aug 03, 2012 Anzu The Great Destroyer rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick-lit fans, teens, fans of the author
Lisa O.
Hannah Harrington's fans won't be disappointed by Speechless.
I'll be honest, I didn't like it as much as Saving June and that is the reason why I cannot give it 5 stars. The mean girls theme and the Mc herself gave me the impression of a slightly "less mature" book, if I make any sense. Maybe meant for a younger audience as well, even though the main theme is as heavy as the death theme in Saving June.
It might be that I am a sucker for road trips and epic soundtracks but this was just a bit "le...more
Jennifer
Chelsea Knot loves to gossip. It is exciting to have the latest news and have everyone gather around her and be so impressed with what she knows. If you find out a friend is messing around with another friend's boyfriend you should tell right? But Chelsea doesn't always think about how the other people will accept this information. One night while at a party she catches one of her male classmates messing around with another male and decides it is hot gossip, not knowing that her best friend's bo...more
Eunice
Speechless is one remarkable and outstanding novel that handled a very insightful issue with great depth and profundity in it. I'm amazed by how Hannah Harrigton effectively wrote Chelsea's story that would make every readers understand the situation, the characters, the consequences and see the lessons and messages behind it.

Chelsea at first wasn't a very likable character. She's shallow, indifferent and yes, doesn't know when to shut her mouth. That was until it caused a terrible and heavy co...more
Booknut
Silence is golden...or so they say.

But there isn't anything golden behind Chelsea's vow of silence - in fact, the truth is as black and dappled with purple as Noah's healing bruise.

Chelsea swore herself to silence when her curiosity, need to fit in and please and not mention her loud mouth, got Noah into serious trouble, landing him in hospital. But silence is hard to keep when everyone has their own versions on what happened and some choice-names to say about you behind your back and to your f...more
K.
I was not going to read this book. I promise you, I was not. I was so fully aware of my (standing) disappointment with Harrington's debut Saving June, and was certain I had a firm grasp of her writing style that I had prematurely made up my mind.

Well. Sometimes people act like snobs, okay. It's not a crime. It just makes you highly unlikeable as a human being.

Anyway. I requested this on NetGalley and as fate would have it, I got approved. It was there for my taking. And then all these reviews...more
Cass -  Words on Paper
Author of SAVING JUNE. Dude, this is a no-brainer.

[Review posted at Words on Paper]

[I admit I got really lazy with this review, but it kind of works out because this book involves the voluntary absence of speech and so in kind I say very little in this review.]

4.5/5

As SPEECHLESS involves a vow of silence, and it’s been ages since I read this and only had a small list written up about it, I’ll keep this review short and simple.

Hannah Harrington’s debut novel (SAVING JUNE) was such a memorable con...more
Janina
Three and a half stars.

I very much felt like the odd one out after not enjoying Hannah Harrington's debut, Saving June, and wasn't even inclined the give the author a second try. Still, this book sounded too interesting to pass - and I am glad I gave it a chance. If anything, Speechless is insanely readable, the pages flying by in what feels like minutes instead of hours. I really enjoyed the reading experience, and would definitely encourage others to pick this book up, but still, there were so...more
Elaine
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You can be surrounded by people and still be lonely. You can be the most popular person in the school, envied by every girl and wanted by every boy, and still feel completely worthless. The world can be laid at your feet and you can still not know what you want from it.

The thing that first drew me to this book was the wonderfully simple cover that from far looks just like a blank paper. Speechless. This book is very aptly named and beautifully written. I honestly don...more
Christy
4-4.5 Stars

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You can be surrounded by people and still be lonely. You can be the most popular person in school, envied by every girl and wanted by every boy, and still feel completely worthless. The world can be laid at your feel and you can still not know what you want from it.


Have you ever said something you wished you could take back? Gossiped about someone when you knew you shouldn’t? Hurt someone with your words? I know we all have. But has it ever dramatically effected your or someone else...more
rameau
This review can also be found on Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell-blog.



Sometimes it is really difficult and even scary to speak up for what you believe is right, but it’s important to do. At the end of the day you answer to yourself, no one else, so you’ll be happy you did.

Hannah Harrington


Chelsea Knot is an incorrigible gossip, she admits it herself on the very first pages of Speechless. She’s also an impetuous sixteen-year-old teen who makes mistakes. One of those mistakes leads to a boy being beate...more
~Tina~
4.5 stars

Hate is easy, but love takes courage.

There is one of these kinds of people in ever high school. The one that fimly believes that someone elses misery will score them cool points with their flock of friends.
Chelsea Knot is one of those people.
Since being Kristen Courteau's best friend- the most poplar girl in school- Chelsea has always worked around Kristen's expectations doing what ever she can to impress her even if it means revealing everyone's secrets or degrading them to social no...more
Maree
Chelsea Knot has a problem: she can’t keep her mouth closed. She loves spreading rumours, delighting best friend Kristen by dishing up juicy (and some not so juicy) secrets, but Chelsea’s Gossip Girl gig is cut short when she tells one secret to many. The consequences of this particular piece of gossip are serious: one boy is in hospital and two are in police custody. After one disastrous, drunken night Chelsea decides enough is enough. It’s time for her to keep her mouth shut. Chelsea takes a v...more
Vanessa
Well, the book I'm reviewing today was certainly an odd little chestnut! But one I enjoyed cracking open, nonetheless. Let's look at Speechless, a YA novel by Hannah Harrington.

Speechless tells the story of loudmouth popular girl Chelsea Knot. She and her best friend Kristen organise a New Year's party, and Chelsea winds up publicly outing Noah, a gay student she finds with his boyfriend in one of the bedrooms. Two of the jocks barge out after him, and lynch him. All because Chelsea couldn't kee...more
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