Friday, September 14, 2012

Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrigton

Title: Speechless
Author: Hannah Harrington
Publication Date: August 28th 2012
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Rating: 4 stars
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.

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 consequences and she vowed to never speak again. I love how Harrigton wrote her character; she was so flawed but was very realistically written. Her character definitely bugged me in so many ways but when bad things started happening to her it was so easy to sympathize with her situation.

Although that didn't mean I trusted her right away. But as she bit by bit realized stuff and things, as she gradually grew, changed and developed I started to really appreciate and love her character too. Every aspect of her development was well highlighted. I love how it was efficiently carried thus helping the readers to completely relate and understand the repercussion of Chelsea's actions (as well as the other characters) and how it had affected her. Hannah Harrigton is definitely a great writer for being able to really reach me with Chelsea's story.

The secondary characters were one of the best parts of this book. Asha, Sam, Andy, Lou and Dex were all great characters and definitely appealing. I love that they were the kind of seconday characters that weren't forgettable. The scenes with them; the banters and dialogues were so fun and amusing to read. The romance was also a very lovely and sweet one. I love how Sam and Chelsea's relationship developed, it was gradual and slow but really adorable and cute and sweet. Haha!

If you enjoyed Hannah Harrigton's Saving June I'm sure you're gonna love this one. Harrigton wrote an amazing realistic story with flawed yet totally relate-able character and with so much depth and insights. The writing is splendid and flowed so easily.  And the development of the story as well as the characters is impressive. This is a very worthy read. I recommend this.

*Thank you Netgalley and HarlequinTeen for providing a review copy of this book. 


  1. I like that Chelsea is flawed and yet she grows to become a better person. Thanks for sharing how much you've enjoyed reading this book, Eunice!

  2. I really fell for this story too, Eunice. As Chelsea grew as a person I starting liking her. The secondary characters were fabulous as well. Great review Eunice. :)

  3. Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, Eunice! I adored it and its depth and characters continue to blow me away. Harrington's characters are all flawed in such a realistic sense, so I can't wait to see what she comes up with next! Wonderful review, dear! :D

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  4. I haven't read any of this author's work, but it sounds like she's doing well. ;) Everyone seems to agree on disliking Chelsea at the beginning, so it's good to see progression in her character. The secondary characters sound adorable. Fabulous review, E! :)

  5. I agree with, like, everything you wrote! The secondary characters are all so unforgettable and wonderful. Chelsea was horrible at first, but I liked her more and more as the story progressed. I haven't read Saving June yet, but I can't wait to. Lovely review, Eunice!

  6. Great review, Eunice! I'm glad you enjoyed this book! I loved the secondary characters too. Asha, Sam, the whole crew at Rosie's diner - those were the characters that really made the book for me. :)

  7. I haven't read anything by Harrington but I've heard sooo many awesome things about Saving June and Speechless. Chelsea sounds like an annoying character. I'm not fond of annoying characters and I tend to avoid books with them, but I'm really so intrigued about her newly found friends and I HAVE to read about this romance you speak of. I feel like I like Sam already. ;) Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Eunice!

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  9. Beautiful review Eunice, I felt the same way about Chelsea, her character grew on me so much as the book progressed, which I'm glad about as otherwise I would have been quite miffed! The secondary characters totally made this book for me too, a strong set of characters for me equals a fantastic read and this is exactly what Harrington has done with Speechless!

  10. I need to read this, I feel like the only person who hasn't! I'm glad you liked Chelsea in the end, books will MC's that you hate are always annoying :/ And I love the cover too - the simplicity and the shininess are just beautiful <3 Great review, as always, Eunice! :)

  11. Lovely review Eunice. I'm all about the characters in my books and I'm glad the secondary characters were enjoyable while it took you a while to warm up to the protag.

  12. I'm so happy to hear that you loved this book too, Eunice! :)
    Isn't Hannah Harrington just fabulous?
    I wasn't a huge fan of Chelsea either, but she eventually grew on me. I was surprised by the amount of growth she underwent! :)

    Lovely review, Eunice. :)

  13. Great review, Eunice! I've seen so many great reviews for this book and i need to get it sometime. Beside, the character grows and there is a lovely and sweet romance. Hmm, totally what i want. :)

  14. Oh Eunice, this is definitely one of my favourite reviews of yours! They keep getting better and better, honey. :)

    I'm always so delighted to see another of my friends who really like this book! The characters, themes, writing... *sigh* Everything about this novel was entirely lovely. I actually preferred it to Saving June too.

  15. I love your new blog background, its beautiful!!!!!!! its so realistically like a sea. Love most of the books you put in your top part. Yay STorm!!!!! ^^
    Fantastic review Eunice!!!! I loved how much Chelsea throughout the story and the humorous secondary characters too!


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