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Book Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Nov 21, 2012

When Chelsea gets bullied for speaking out against some violent teens, she decides to take a vow of silence. Kidzworld reviews a book about bullying at its worst - Speechless by Hannah Harrington.

The Hate Crime

Ever since she became best friends with Kristin, the school’s Queen Bee, Chelsea has been part of the popular crowd. Until the party that changes it all. She walked in on two guys kissing and couldn’t wait to announce this juicy bit of gossip the rest of the party. Noah is gay. But when she spills the beans, she doesn’t get the reaction she was hoping for. Immediately, two jocks take off after Noah and his boyfriend and beat Noah to pulp at the local corner store.

The Vow of Silence

Chelsea had no idea that her big mouth would result in a hate crime that would nearly cost a boy his life. So after she tells the police which guys were responsible for the attack, she takes a vow of silence. Unfortunately, Chelsea’s honesty with the police gets her in trouble with the popular crowd at school. Not only do they refuse to be her friend for ratting the jocks out, but they’re making her life a living nightmare - vandalizing her locker and car, calling her horrible names, and treating her like she is less than nothing.

The True Meaning of Friendship

Luckily, Chelsea meets Asha, a not-so-popular girl with a kind heart who doesn’t judge her even though she runs in the same circles as Noah. Asha introduces Chelsea to a whole new life - a new job, new friends, and a crush worthy of her affections. Even though she was bullied for an entire month, it may have been worth it to discover the true meaning of friendship.

The Bottom Line

If you’ve ever wondered what people who are bullied feel like, Speechless is the book you should read. It explores all of the horrors that so many people face on a daily basis and how nearly everyone, including teachers, simply turn a blind eye to it. It’s no wonder kids and teens are scared to speak out or stand up to anything. This is the type of book that should be read and discussed in classrooms so that kids - both bullies and victims - can see the horrible consequences of bullying. If Chelsea hadn’t had a friend to lean on, who knows what might have happened.

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Igiveuponthename
That's because of our own human nature. We often value ourselves more than anyone else. Everybody affects everybody indirectly. People value progress over everything. One day the world will come crashing down, and with this crumbling and twisted society with it. Want to make a difference? Well, it's not too late to start.
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Fairkss
Fairkss posted in Say Anything:
I really hate how society is built. I really hate how unaccepting people are and how we have gotten this far due to sacrifices and inflicting pain on others. Why do we do this to our own kind? ​We are just destroying ourselves because we are unable to understand why some people do what they do. Why can't we just accept people for how they are? They're heart and their soul. I know the world can't be perfect but honestly right now the world isn't okay. Of course I'm just a kid so whatever I say won't matter but anyways that's just what has been on my mind lately :)
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IlikeGUYS20
IlikeGUYS20 posted in Debating:
"Sophieex_" wrote: Hey guys! So, on many occasions, my mother has always told me this: "Let yourself grow up a little, this is probably just a phase". What does she mean exactly? Well, when I cane out to my parents that I was bisexual, my mother told me that it was probably just a phase, and that I might grow out of it. I've been thinking about my sexuality for a couple years - since I was eleven, to be exact. Sometimes I thought I was straight and other times I thought I was a lesbian. So from this, I just figured I was bi. I also told her I'd like to tell some close friends what I thought. She told me that this info may get leaked to many more people and that they're shun me. I told her that I won't tell this to anyone whom I don't trust, and that I don't care if people shun me for being who I am. People already make fun of me for being biracial (my father is white & my mother is black) so this'll be no different. I told two friends that I was bisexual. Luckily both girls said they'd support me no matter what. My father then came in and said that he didn't want me to come out lest I'd get so much attention that's it'd me a distraction. I understand me dad's point but not my mom's. I love my mother dearly and shall listen to her, but I still get super pissed when adults think that teens' coming out is invalid. What do you think? Tell me I'm the thread posts! :rainbow ❤ Thanks!! :) Have a wonderful day! ❤ @Sophieex_ I have the same problem! I am also bi! Only one of my closest friends know, I feel your pain!!! I created my account when I thought I was straight.
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ScoobysFriend
ScoobysFriend posted in Debating:
She is saying some people get curious, and she probably went through it also
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RavenClawRaina
and im not saying its a phase either
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