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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.
4 stars - A great read for any audience but especially teens
This is a thinking book. It makes you think about things. Having made a mistake that almost gets someone killed, Chelsea decides that her talking is the problem. So she stops. Talking that is. Lack of talking causes her to think, a lot. She thinks about the life she lost and how to get it back but later if she wants it back. She thinks about how her former best friend treats people or how she used to treat people. She thinks about the rippling effects of choices. She thinks about why her body reacts to certain..boys. She thinks about how those reactions change over time. She thinks about why some people give her a chance while others can't leave the past alone. She thinks... a lot.
While she's thinking and not talking, she meets Sam. I love Sam. He's got reason to hate Chelsea but he sees some good in her, enough to give her a chance. I love that about him. He's not interested in more hate but starts with working together, becoming friends and then maybe a little more. There's this whole group of supporting characters that work through this process, some faster than others, with Chelsea. I was so happy to see it. Chelsea's mistake was not the big one. She so didn't deserve the misery she received. I loved that there were people willing to support her.
The best at supporting her was Asha. Love that name. She was the best. I wish we had maybe learned more about her. She had some things going on that we never really got to be involved with but she was such a good friend. I really enjoyed her.
The pace of this book was perfect. I read it in a day, a few hours really. Had to stay up late because I couldn't put it down. I was surprised a few times, which I like. I did figure out a few things, which I also like.
There is some lessons in this one. I love the focus on treating everyone fairly and losing the hate. I think that's such an important topic for teens. This book deals with hate crimes but there are lots of ways that teens persecute each other for a variety of reasons and it's just not okay. I really hate that the teachers didn't seem to notice what was going on. As a teacher, I hope I never seem so blind.
This one has been on my list for a while and I'm so glad I made the time for it. It's a great read that anyone would enjoy.