Readers will be impressed with the depth of the secondary characters Harrington develops here, though they may be disappointed with how Chelsea’s redemption doesn’t completely change her shallow ways. This reviewer was left wishing for an epilogue of some kind, as the ending was unsatisfying.
Everyone knows Chelsea can’t keep a secret, and she always has the best gossip. She’s on the “in” of any clique or party … until New Year’s Eve. Chelsea drinks too much, and suddenly she’s blabbing a big secret — with consequences that make “sorry” irrelevant and force Chelsea to re-evaluate her life. She decides to take a vow of silence, determined to stop hurting others, and many use it as an excuse to torment her. Can a girl who has betrayed so many keep her mouth shut? And when it matters, can she remember how to speak up again? (HARLEQUIN TEEN, Sep., 272 pp., $9.99, ISBN: 9780373210527, PB, 14 & Up)