Speechless by Hannah Harrington
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
You're at a party, you've had a little too much to drink, and you see something that probably should be kept quiet. What do you do? If you're Chelsea, you immediately tell your friends. The problem is that they're not really friends, and what she saw leads to a gay bashing incident. Trying to make things better, Chelsea tells the police who did the bashing, promptly making her persona non grata in the school and losing all her "friends." Next step? Shut up. Permanently. So what if that gets a daily detention from the not-so-understanding teacher?
Of course, slowly Chelsea does make friends, just not the "cool" people (and, to make things even more sticky, they're friends with Noah, fighting for his life in the hospital). Also of course, things get better for her and this new crowd proves that they are, in fact, real friends.
Hence the three-stars: predictable. The story is well-written, and the issue of gay bashing and what to do when you know who did it is one that I suspect teens are facing. I'm not sure that Chelsea learns not to blurt things out, but she does seem happier by the end.
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