Author: Hannah Harrington
Published by: Mira Ink
Publication date: 1st February 2013
Genres: Young Adult/Friendship/Homosexuality
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
When I got offered this book, I was very excited as I enjoyed Hannah Harrington's previous book, Saving June.
First I'm just going to say - the cover is...interesting. I really like how the title of the book is designed, but I'm not a big fan of covers that have actual people on them. That's just my opinion though!
I didn't like Chelsea much at the beginning. She was one of those girls who I tend to dislike and avoid at school - loud, popular, and...fake. She only liked things if her 'best friend' liked them too.
It started at a New Year's Eve party, where she accidentally stumbled across two boys in bed together. Realising who they were, she decided to tell everyone at the party, without thinking about the possibly dangerous consequences. However, as the book went on, I found myself liking her more and more. She became herself, and she seemed to realise how bad the consequences of her actions had become.
Chelsea decides to take a vow of silence - if she keeps her mouth shut, life can't get any worse right? She begins to have a better outlook on life and generally becomes a better person.
My favourite character was Sam. Even though he wasn't very nice to Chelsea at the beginning, it's nice that he was eventually supportive even though it was his best friend that she had hurt the most. He was likeable and made everyone around him happy.
'Speechless' has a lot of hidden messages. For example, discrimination against gays (which needs to stop) and it also shows typical things that can happen in high school (bullying, hierarchies etc.)
This story is incredibly well written and it's a book that you just can't put down! The chapters aren't very long, which is a nice change from what I usually read.
I recommend this book to all teenagers. It shows that even with the hardest challenges in life, things will always get better eventually. 4/5!