Thursday, May 29, 2014

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern ARC Review

18599754Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publish Date: June 3rd, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

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.

 Say What You Will is awkward, uncomfortable, hard to read, touchy, and emotional--and essentially beautiful for all these things. 

Amy is unlike anyone I know so but her character is realistic and suprisingly easy to relate to. I think although I don't have any disabilities or know anyone with disabilities, we all struggle with some of the same insecurities Amy has. We just deal with them differently and probably complain way more. 

Her character is strong in ways most people only aspire to be and I think that anyone reading this will appreciate the fact that her character although physically weak spent most of her time being mentally strong without losing her vulnerability.

The same could be said for Matthew. This story needed to be told and it needed to be told with this voice and this way. I know a lot of people will struggle with connecting with this story because of the third person perspective but it didn't hinder my enjoyment surprisingly.

This book is pretty amazing without even trying. I definitely feel like it's something that needs to be shared, to educate and to help people realize that although persons with disabilities are different in the ways that you can see, in the ways that matter they're just like everyone else.


  1. I'm glad to hear you liked it, i've been looking forward to this one. Just one question, will I need my box of tissues? lol it sounds like it would make me cry.

    1. Believe it or not I didn't feel the need for tissues. I don't think you will need them.

  2. Awesome review! I just got this one in the mail for book tour and cannot wait to read it

  3. So glad you enjoyed this one, I'm looking forward to it, although it does sound like it would be a hard read, just because of the subject matter (sounds so emotional!) ~Pam

    1. I didn't find it all that emotional but everyone is different. I think it was more uplifting than anything else. :)

  4. This book sounds really promising, and all the reviews I've read so far have been positive. I've been wanting to find out more about cerebral palsy ever since I saw Maysoon Zayid's Ted Talk about it.

    1. It really is a great book! I hope you like it. I'll be looking for your review ;)