Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern | Book Review

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Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern | Book ReviewSay What You Will by Cammie McGovern
Published by HarperTeen on June 3rd 2014
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: the Publisher

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.

What I thought NEWJohn Green’s The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park. Doesn’t that sound wonderfully promising? While I haven’t read Eleanor & Park, yet (as in, I am reading it right now), I have read The Fault in Our Stars. Anything that’s compared to that book, is a book worth reading, because The Fault in Our Stars in one of my absolute favourites and if Say What You Will comes even close emotional rollercoaster that is The Fault in Our Stars then it’s well worth taking the time to read it!

I was a goner from the very first page. Irrevocably touched by the characters and how strong they were. Amy and Matthew both carry a burden. Amy’s burden comes in the form of cerebral palsy, while Matthews is plagued by his obsessive-compulsive disorder.  It was so impressive to read how they were both determined (in their own way) to not let these burdens define their lives. Which makes them strong, incredibly so.

I loved how they became best friends, despite all odds. Throughout the story their friendship grows and becomes something more along the way and THAT process is written in a way that’s so realistic and honest that I was rooting for both of them all the way.

This book was just -for the lack of a better description, caused by emotional overload- beautiful (Gah! I need to say more, but the words get stuck along the way!). The realistic portrayal of Amy and Matthew’s issues and struggles of everyday life will teach many readers what it’s like for people that live with a disorder.

Say What You Will is inspiring and beautifully written. Don’t let your imperfections rule your life, instead own them and see them for what they are.

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  1. YEAH! So glad that you enjoyed this one so much Iris! <3 I agree…it's such a powerful, inspiring, raw story and Amy is such a wonderful, determined character. Her attitude is just remarkable! The love story is absolutely sweet, isn't it? I loved how slow-burn it was and how realistic it seemed. They both complimented each other perfectly!

    Thanks for sharing, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3

    • Iris
      21/06/2014 / 19:10

      The strength of the characters was remarkable and beautiful. Honestly one of the best reads I’ve read so far in 2014!
      I saw you reviewed it as well, but didn’t want to read it until I read the book myself :) I’ll be paying that review a visit soon!

  2. 13/06/2014 / 04:22

    Beautiful review! I loved this book as well. I just love how realistic the two main characters are. I could relate to them even if I don’t have cerebral palsy or OCD. I also like how their friendship developed throughout the novel. What I didn’t like though is sometimes they would fight over something and not resolve it… I was just like “talk to one another!”. Anyways, I can’t wait to read more from Cammie!

    • Iris
      21/06/2014 / 19:12

      I can relate to the frustrations you’re describing! Sometimes I just wanted to lay into them and give them my piece of mind… though I think their stubbornness made them more realistic in a way.

  3. 13/06/2014 / 09:44

    Wow, being pitched as TFiOS meets Eleanor and Park?! I’m sure that’s giving people very high expectations of it. I’m glad you loved it! :D While TFiOS is one of your favorites, E&P is one of MY favorites, so I can’t help but being intrigued now because of the E&P comparison ;)

    Also, not related to this book xd, but I’m so happy you’re reading E&P right now! I hope you love it too!

    • Iris
      21/06/2014 / 19:14

      I’m reading Eleanor & Park right now! And it is racing up the ranks to the ‘favourites’ shelf!
      If you want I’ll lend you Say What You Will :) Just tell me and I’ll bring it to our next rendez-vous!

  4. Zaira F
    14/06/2014 / 17:08

    Awesome!! Glad you enjoyed this! I’m really looking forward to reading it!

    • Iris
      21/06/2014 / 19:15

      I hope you’ll love it as much as I did!

    • Iris
      21/06/2014 / 19:15

      Whoop! :)

  5. 18/06/2014 / 10:26

    I’ve fallen in love with both characters, although I liked Amy more. So strong and brave, I admired her look on life and how realistic her voice felt to me. Such a beautiful tale about friendship :)

    • Iris
      21/06/2014 / 19:16

      I agree! It honestly was one of my favourite reads of 2014 so far! Cammie McGovern set the bar high for my upcoming reads ;)

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