Say What You Will by Cammie McGovernSay What You Will by Cammie McGovern

Say What You Will

byCammie McGovern

Paperback | May 5, 2015

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“A unique and unforgettable love.” —Teen Vogue

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.

Cammie McGovern is the author of the adult novelsNeighborhood Watch,Eye Contact, andThe Art of Seeing. This is her first book for young adults. Cammie is also one of the founders of Whole Children, a resource center that runs after-school classes and programs for children with special needs. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with he...
Title:Say What You WillFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:May 5, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062271113

ISBN - 13:9780062271112

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay I read this book based on a friend's recommendation and it was pretty good. I definitely think that I was a bit too old to be reading the book and I probably would've enjoyed a lot better when I was younger. That being though, the message and the main idea behind the book was pretty good.
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from cool nice book about disabilities and mental illness
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was OK The message of the story was really meaningful but halfway through the book it started to get a bit boring.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great book. Has a great moral.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not One Of My Faves... I enjoyed reading this book so much, I chewed through over 3 counters of it in one day... ...and then everything turned bad. I had to push myself to get passed the ending. It just kinda got weird and not very enjoyable. I did like, however, stepping into the life of someone with her condition. It really put things into perspective and I thought it was really neat. I can't see myself reading this book again any time soon though.
Date published: 2015-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love it 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: 2015-04-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Started great but went down hill from there The beginning was positively exquisite but the ending I have no words for. It was an unpleasant surprise to say the least i feel like it just came out of nowhere and was quite crappy.
Date published: 2015-03-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good, but eventually I grew bored.. Say What you Will spotlights disabled characters and that's something I was looking forward to reading in this one. I love the fact that we get to see a different perspective of someone with cerebral palsy and another with an obsessive compulsion disorder. Both points of views let the readers in on a glimpse of what it's like to live as someone who has a disability. Both refreshing and unique, I recommend this one for its sheer character development. Unfortunately, I was looking for a huge story-line. It's literally day to day interactions and I solemnly grew bored. Even if it meant for one of them achieve their goals like graduating to go off to college. But alas, I couldn't find a story that made it worth sticking to. I read 85% of the e-ARC, only to skim the rest of the book because I felt like it was extremely long. I did care what happened to them which is why I didn't just DNF the entire thing. As for the characters, I liked reading from their point of views. As for Amy I didn't like her at all. Amy is extremely bossy but she masks it with good intentions. She took Matthew's wonderful friendship for granted at EVERY chance she could get. I found her to be extremely selfish who would do anything to get what she wanted, eventually even cheating on someone she claims to love? Um no. I eventually didn't really care what she did because I knew I couldn't condone how she treated Matthew. Also, Amy's mom is insanely overprotective and yes I understand that she's different from other children, but how will she learn to be independent and grow up if she doesn't have her parents there 24-7? I was happy when she finally went off on her own. Matthew on the other hand had a thought process that I couldn't understand, but mostly I just thought he was extremely paranoid until he started to count and do OCD like actions. Even though he had this disorder, and Amy tried to help him, I thought her way was too forward. It felt like she just pushed him into the deep end, and he learned how to swim on his own. He was just so fond of Amy, and he treated her so nicely, even when she starts to get mad at him. I couldn't understand why he didn't see that either. I did love how incredible close they got, how their friendship blossomed, but I didn't see the romance at all. Overall, I would definitely give this one a try if you want to read more about characters with disabilities, but if you're looking for a cute love story, tr to find it somewhere else. It's more a friendship than anything.
Date published: 2015-02-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Beginning of the book was great... then it went downhill from there When I start reading a book, I read about the first 30 pages and if I like it, I continue reading and in this book, it hooked me in right away. I loved the characters, plot, emotions, and all of the real life situations that were unfolding. I loved Amy and Matthew's relationship and how awkward Matthew is. As the book went on, I found that it got really boring. I had a very hard time finishing this book because the second half was very uninteresting. And worst of all... the ending. Oh my goodness, that ending is something else. I can't believe it ended like that... all I'll say is that I didn't like it at all. Overall, this book was okay, but I wouldn't recommend you read it.
Date published: 2014-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books ever! This is of the best books I've ever read. Heart breaking and inspiring all at the same time. Amy has taught me so much
Date published: 2014-09-22
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 3 out of 5 by from Great novel for teens Helps explain diversity in ways no one expects
Date published: 2014-06-08
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

Editorial Reviews

“Cammie McGovern crafts a story that takes a realistic look at people who have disabilities but who are not their disability. This story isn’t about rescuing anyone. It is about setting aside fears, limitations, and appearances, and taking a chance at opening up. Everyone should meet Amy and Matt.”