Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
published on June 3rd 2014 by HarperTeen
romance | contemporary
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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.
Pitched as “John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park,” I clearly had to give this book a try. While I’m not a huge fan of either authors, I did enjoy both of their works even a bit.
I can definitely see Eleanor & Park in this book. The overall “feel” of the book and the writing styles were very similar. Both books also featured quirky or “odd” characters with difficult personalities. Fans of one will most likely also enjoy the other. I’ll admit that, personally, the writing made me enjoy the book a bit less. It’s not a style I’m comfortable with.
Anyway, this book has a girl who’s sort of toxic to the people around her. Sometimes Amy steps on people without realizing it, and some people (Matthew in particular) just let her do what she wants. But in the end, I think both characters eventually turned into much more than what they were initially. They both grew and developed at their own speeds. As a couple, I approve of them for the most part, especially as the story neared its end.
A lot of unexpected things happened throughout the course of the book. I was definitely not even thinking that such events would happen, but it’s an eye-opener, really. This book really shows what a teen could possibly act like because of peer pressure, wanting to “fit in” and all of those things. The stuff that happens in here can happen to anyone, and it’s scary.
If you’re looking for a book that will make you think, chuckle and possibly swoon–something a la Rainbow Rowell–definitely give this book a try.
Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.