Author: Hannah Harrington
Publication date: August 28th, 2012
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary)
Challenges: Contemporary, A-Z, SARC
Format: Digital ARC
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. She was always super duper nice, and gave Chelsea a chance. Chelsea meets Asha, Asha is friends with Sam, Sam is friends with Adam, so they all become friends. I really liked the flow of how all the characters meet, and how they just don't click as soon as they meet. It did take time, and each character had their own reason for it. Sam is an adorable character. He's one of those guys who you don't and do notice at school. He's kind of in the middle, like any normal kid at school. Not popular, and not at the bottom of the status. He was so normal, which I really liked. Not your "bad boy" or "popular boy" or any of those categories. I definitely enjoyed all the characters here.
If i had to compare Speechless to Saving June, i'd still say I liked Saving June more, but this was a good book as well. I have to say, even though everything was fun and awesome, there was just something about it that ticked me off. Something felt off about it, and I was annoyed at something for some reason. Maybe it's just me, but at some points maybe I felt like Chelsea was overdoing it, or the school was making a bigger deal, but that's just my opinion. Overall, I do recommend it to young adult readers, and I cannot wait to read more from Hannah Harrington!