Book Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington (by Christie G)
|Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Published August 2012 by HarlequinTeen
“Yea, I can do this. I can play dumb like Kristen said. No one has to hear it from me. I can stay quiet, even if no one else steps forward. Even if it means Warren and Joey get away with this. Even if Noah never wakes up.
Love is Louder Than Words
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As her life implodes, Chelsea takes her turn on the bullying end from the school. Her previous friends deface her locker, her best friend spreads rumors and threats about her, and even a teacher gets into the act at the start by giving her detention daily in order to break her of the silent treatment. And we learn that things weren’t always perfect in the social circle- Chelsea was subtly bullied by Kristen, the queen bee, into what clothes to buy (Why is the color pink in here? I don’t like the color pink. I don’t look good in the color pink. But a third of my closet is devoted to pink sweaters and blouses and skirts. All because Kristen always insisted it was “my color” p79), what activities to join, what classes to take, what to think, what to do. Freed from her previous life, Chelsea can learn to become herself again, and start to do what feels right for her.
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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