Say What You Will

by Cammie McGovern

HarperCollins | June 3, 2014 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Say What You Will is rated 3.3333 out of 5 by 3.

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.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: June 3, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062271121

ISBN - 13: 9780062271129

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the best books this year When it read the back i thought it would be a typical love story but it was way more than I expected. The relationship between the characters made me never want to put this books down. Definitely a good book to read but I felt the ending a little rushed. Otherwise, amazing story line.
Date published: 2014-08-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from great book... but super sucky This book is great. The characters, plot, feelings, emotion, they're all good and solid, and the characters are real and have flaws without having them shoved in your face and have them be annoying. I was looking forward to giving this five stars, when it fell short just after halfway. After that, everything feels rushed and with no emotion anymore, and the ending, while I like the overall conclusion, there really is no conclusion because their previous problems and fights and discussions were never even brought up again! They didn't face the struggles of their relationship together. This book is really really good, but I was left wondering "that's it?THATS the ending?" So, yeah, the book is good, the ending is disappointing, the writing is solid and strong until it dies out towards the end. Sorry, but its true.
Date published: 2014-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great characters meet great writing Amy has cerebral palsy and has spent her whole school life with adult aides but for her senior year, she wants some of her fellow students to be her aides, she wants a chance to make friends with her peers before she goes off to university and always having an adult by her side makes that difficult. Matthew refuses to acknowledge that he has OCD and when he's chosen to be one of the student aides for Amy, they both find someone who they can relate to and a friendship that could turn into something more. I admit, I was a little nervous going into this book knowing it had a character with cerebral palsy and one with OCD. Would the portrayals be realistic? Would the characters be all about their disabilities as if that was the only thing important about them? Or would it be constantly mentioned they had OCD and cerebral palsy without showing how it affected their lives? So many things could have gone wrong in how these characters were written without even getting into the plot. But Cammie McGovern put my fears to rest pretty early on in this book. The way she wrote these two characters was amazing, a perfect balance of showing them living and coping with their disabilities and their lives beyond their disabilities. This was especially the case for Amy as we got to know her both through her POVs and Matthew's. This was a girl who never had any friends but we learn that she was smart, empathetic, funny, and really just seemed like a great person to know. She was such a great character to watch as she went through her growth arc, learning about friendships and other things through her aides and experiencing new things. I enjoyed Matthew slightly less but still a lot. We really got to see his struggle with OCD and how much it affected his life. Together, it was really sweet to see them first getting to know each other then trying to help each other and slowly realizing their feelings. Again, such great characters. I was in love. The plot had some twists that I really enjoyed, others that had me wanting to curl up and cry because of the emotion from the characters. As well as being told from both Amy and Matthew's POVs, there was also e-mail exchanges and text messages as a means of communication between the two and their banter was so fun. Since Matthew is half of the main pairing, he overshadows the other aides a bit but it was still nice to see the different ways Amy would interact with her other aides. I especially liked Sarah. Overall, some parts did feel a little dragged out but the writing and characters more than made up for it.
Date published: 2014-06-03

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Say What You Will

by Cammie McGovern

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: June 3, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062271121

ISBN - 13: 9780062271129

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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.

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