Published August 28th 2012 by HarlequinTeen
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. (Goodreads)
The cover of this book is striking so while picking up some books from the library I tossed this into the mix. It was the second book I picked up to read from the stack I brought home. As the story begins it’s clear that Chelsea is privy to a secret that could ruin a friendship, maybe even a relationship, but as she is considering what to do with that information she stumbles onto a much bigger secret that she blurts out at a party. Chelsea walks in on two guys during an intimate moment. The guys leave the party, but after Chelsea blurts out what she saw some other guys at the party go after them and what happens next is difficult to read. Chelsea blames herself about what happens and takes a vow of silence so she can’t ruin anything else.
Through her vow of silence Chelsea realizes that her old friendships were never true friendships to begin with, that she was conforming to her “best friends” ideals. The best part of the story is when Chelsea meets new friends that truly accept her as she is. I wish there would have been more meaning to the end of the story, but overall it was an enjoyable read. I rated Speechless 3 stars.
If you liked Mean Girls then you’ll like this book.