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Speechless by Hannah Harrington
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Jul 26, 12

bookshelves: favorite-all-time-books, soul-crushing
Read on July 14, 2012

So I make no qualms about being a HUGE Hannah Harrington fan after "Saving June" ripped apart my heart and soul in a good way. When I was given the opportunity to read an advanced copy of "Speechless" I jumped on it because I will pretty much read anything by Harrington without even knowing anything about the book. I can happily say I was not disappointed with this follow up novel. It took important social issues and tackled them head on without being preachy or judgmental. A rare feat for any writer. Additionally, the writing and story is so strong you forget that the main character does not speak a word for like 90% of the book. That is true talent and Harrington is one of the few that could pull off that risk with such high rewards for the reader at the end.

What truly makes this book great though is how Harrington writes teens. She doesn't write them as single, one-dimensional beings. She gives her teen characters complexities and identities that we can all relate to. Simply, "Speechless" is a gorgeous and wonderfully well-written book by one of the best young-adult authors out there and should not be missed.
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07/14/2012 page 13
4.0% "So excited to start this! Saving June is one of my all-time favorite books. Harrington knows how to destroy a reader with her words."
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