Review: Say What You Will7:30 AM
Title: Say What You Will
Author: Cammie McGovern
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, , Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: June 3rd, 2014
My Rating: 4.5 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.
Say What You Will by Cameron Morgan is not what I expected at all. I normally don't like reading books that involve diseases because they are depressing, but since I won this from a giveaway, I gave it a shot. Turns out, there can be exceptions.
Born with Cerebral Palsy, Amy found it hard to make friends because of her disabilities - she can't walk or talk without an extra help. Matthew, who has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, is avoided by people at school. As Amy and Matthew work together, they find out that they are more alike than they could imagine.
This book definitely shocked me. Going into it, I did not expect anything, but after closing the book, I realized how beautifully written the story was. Through this book, I understood so much about Cerebral Palsy and OCD, and for that I am thankful.
Though I do not have the diseases that the main characters had, I found Say What You Will relatable because the main story is not about the diseases, but about standing up for yourself and for what you want, and because of that, I fell in love with the book and the characters.
Say What You Will truly is amazing, and different from any other book that I have read. I recommend everyone to give this book a chance!
“I've decided that it's possible to love someone for entirely selfless reasons, for all of their flaws and weaknesses, and still not succeed in having them love you back. It's sad, perhaps, but not tragic, unless you dwell forever in the pursuit of their elusive affections.”
“Let's don't wait forever for our lives to start. Let's begin them ourselves. Let's be fearless for once and say, we can do this.”