Title Say What You Will
Author Cammie McGovern
Release Date June 3, 2014
John Green's The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern's insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.
Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.
When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other's lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.
I'll admit that the first reason I decided to read this book was because of the comparison to The Fault in Our Stars and Eleanor & Park, two books that I enjoyed immensely. Does this book remind me of either of those stories? Not really. I do believe fans of those books will likely enjoy Say What You Will, but that's about it. Just don't do what I did, decide to read this book because they were mentioned. It left me feeling somewhat disappointed.
Amy's cerebral palsy and Matthew's OCD didn't play into my decision to read this book at all. As someone very familiar with cerebral palsy and OCD, I couldn't see these two characters as anything other than normal people. They weren't, and shouldn't be, their disabilities. In a way, I think my inability to see them as people with disabilities took away from my enjoyment of the book. In other words, I feel like I would have received the exact same amount of enjoyment had this book been about two people without CP and OCD.
All in all, Say What You Will was a nice book. I thoroughly enjoyed Amy and Matthew's friendship. It was incredibly sweet. I was a bit surprised at the twist thrown into the story, but not in a negative way. The biggest fault is the somewhat abrupt ending. I had no idea I was even near the ending until I turned the page and bam... acknowledgments! Oh well.
3 out of 5 stars