Big thanks to Harlequin Teen for sending me a copy of Speechless via The Book Bloggers of Ontario Meet-Up in exchange for an honest review.
Chelsea Knot is the popular girl’s best friend. Even if you’ve been out of high school for a while, you probably remember who the “popular” kids were. Maybe you guys were chummy or maybe they terrorized you. But as the bff, Chelsea tells her Queen Bee everything.
So when she walks in on two male classmates making out in the bathroom, she tells everyone at the party. Later that night, a couple jocks decide to beat one of their gay classmates until he is hospitalized. Chelsea finds out and spills the beans to her parents. After some pretty grim repercussions, Chelsea decides to take a vow of silence.
I loved this story. Learning to keep your mouth shut is hard at any age. And while homophobia may be what started the conflict, the story is ultimately about finding yourself. Chelsea’s oath of silence is part punishment and part contemplation. In the end, she does more than realize her wrongs, she figures out what kind of person she really is: the kind that isn’t defined by popularity.
I recommend this for queen bees and wannabes, and every girl that knows what it’s like to be either.