Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
Reviewed 30 June 2015 by Logan
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3.5 / 5 Stars
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.
Oh my goodness. I want to throw this book. All that. All the build-up and wonderful goodness of this book and it just ends. That was honestly the most abrupt, ridiculous ending to such a good book that I’ve ever read.
Okay. Sorry, just finished reading but I cannot believe that ending. That was so disappointing. Anyway.
What did I think of this book? It was beautiful. The writing was average. The plot and characters, however? Phenomenal. I needed to read a book like this. A book that was so raw in showing all the hardships people with different disabilities and conditions have to go through.
Matthew and Amy….where to start. I have never experienced anything like what these two have gone through, yet I feel almost enlightened – like I’ve been given a bird’s-eye – view into the life of someone going through these issues.
I had my doubts. My severe doubts at points that the plot was going downhill. And by downhill I mean I was going to close this book and never look back. But I was surprised with how it turned out. Honestly, I’m glad I grabbed this and gave it a chance. I needed it. This beautiful, wonderful book.
The ending and abrupt plot twists and awkward chapter endings got a lot of point deductions. But trust me. Even with all the quirks of the book, it’s worth reading.