Say What You Will
Summary: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’s YA debut Say What You Will is a wonderful novel about first love, friendships, and being who you truly are. While, I admit, I wasn’t fully able to engross myself into Amy and Matthew’s story as I would have liked (probably due to the third person narration), I still found it to be a fabulous and intriguing glimpse into what life would be like with cerebral palsy and OCD.
16-year-old Amy was born with cerebral palsy and can’t walk without a walker or talk without a voicebox. When she starts school for the first time, she puts up an advertisement for a student helper.
When Matthew, plagued by OCD, sees this advertisement, he decides to volunteer. Little does he know that he and Amy are more alike then they realized.
I think one of the minor problems I had with Say What You Will was the writing. I feel it would have been more effective if the story was written in the duel perspective of Amy and Matthew in first person. The third person narration it was written in simply made me feel a bit distant from Amy and Matthew because we were never really able to get “inside their heads.”
Speaking of which, I feel virtually all the characters could have been a bit more developed. I enjoyed them, but they never really stood out to me. It would have been helpful if they were given a little more backstory and their personalities were more defined.
All in all, despite the minor flaws it had, Say What You Will is definitely worth the read. It’s heartbreaking and beautiful, and I have no doubt that it will be widely accepted and read by teens. Matthew and Amy’s story is one that will ultimitely stick out and grab your heart, and you’ll be thrown in to their wonderful romance, and the many ups and downs it has along the way.