Say What You Will, by Cammie McGovern | Book Review #375

18635084Born 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.


This review has been copied and pasted from my GoodReads account.

This story is so, so, SO cute. Im so happy for the characters, Amy and Matthew. I didn’t really expect to like this book, since it seems like they’re from different sides of the pond.
Im actually learning so much by reading this book. Say What You Will is teaching me, in its own way, what people with Cerebral Palsy go through. We tend to be nicer to them, and sugar coat things for people who have more difficulties. We tend to forget that people, no matter the circumstance, just want to be treated like people too.
I’m writing this just about an hour or so after I finished the book. Say What You Will is an amazing novel. Not only do we see two teenagers going throughout their last year of high school, we see two young people with some disabilities over come and grow in character. Both Matthew and Amy teach each other things that they wouldn’t have learned form anyone else.
Here we see two young people fall in love, get separated by an event and then come back together many months later.
By writing this, I probably haven’t done the novel justice. So I hereby declare that, if you haven’t read the book already, please do. Its well worth the read.

4 thoughts on “Say What You Will, by Cammie McGovern | Book Review #375

  1. indiefan20 says:

    I read the description of the book a while back and I knew that the girl in this book had cerebral palsy, but I had forgotten that the guy had OCD. I have severe OCD, so I like to read books about characters who have the condition occasionally, when I have the chance. I think I’ll try to check this out next time I go to the library! Have you read “Turtles All the Way Down?” That’s one of the ONLY good books I’ve read about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. 🙂

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