I received this from the publisher at BEA. This in no way swayed my opinion. Pinky swear! The last secret she told almost got somebody killed and has turned her into the ultimate social outcast.
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Sixteen-year-old Chelsea is second in command to her school's queen bee, Kristen, following her smug best friend in all things. There, Chelsea gets drunk and walks in on two gay boys, then stumbles downstairs and outs them. Ashamed, Chelsea turns them in, but her former friends shun and attack her. In response, she vows not to speak at all. Thereafter she makes some unexpected friends and changes her entire outlook.
Harrington draws a convincing portrait of the nastiness involved in the personal attacks against Chelsea, especially as the girl realizes how cruel she has been to others in the past. Characters stand out quite well as individuals, especially confident Asha, the freshman girl who befriends Chelsea. The story works well as an argument against bullying that reaches young readers in their own world. Skip this uninspired entry into the world of medieval love and court intrigue.
The independent teenager makes Jameson laugh, but she lacks the education and demeanor people expect in a queen. Her friend Delia Grace has more knowledge of history and languages but is shunned due to her illegitimate birth. Hollis gets caught up in a whirl of social activity, especially following an Isolten royal visit. There has been bad blood between the two countries, not fully explained here, and when an exiled Isolten family also comes to court, Jameson generously allows them to stay.
Hollis relies on the family to teach her about Isolten customs and secretly falls in love with Silas, the oldest son, even though a relationship with him would mean relinquishing Jameson and the throne.
When Hollis learns of political machinations that will affect her future in ways that she abhors, she faces a difficult decision. Romance readers will enjoy the usual descriptions of dresses, jewelry, young love, and discreet kisses, although many characters remain cardboard figures. While the violent climax may be upsetting, the book ends on a hopeful note.
There are prejudicial references to Romani people, and whiteness is situated as the norm. An emotionally engaging closer that fumbles in its final moments. Korean-American Lara Jean is finally settled into a nice, complication-free relationship with her white boyfriend, Peter.
The whirlwind of a wedding, college visits, prom, and the last few months of senior year provides an excellent backdrop for this final book about Lara Jean.
The characters ping from event to event with emotions always at the forefront. Han further develops her cast, pushing them to new maturity and leaving few stones unturned. This knowing subversion is frustratingly absent from the novel's denouement. Already have an account?
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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. If only she can forgive herself. I had so many things to say about the heroine and I was questioning who or what the real antagonist was.
Speechless by Hannah Harrington | Book Review
Sixteen-year-old Chelsea is second in command to her school's queen bee, Kristen, following her smug best friend in all things. There, Chelsea gets drunk and walks in on two gay boys, then stumbles downstairs and outs them. Ashamed, Chelsea turns them in, but her former friends shun and attack her. In response, she vows not to speak at all.
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