I've wanted to read this book for quite a while, so when Amanda offered it in exchange for a review, I had to snap it up! I LOVE this cover! I mean look at it! Doodle covers are so adorable in my opinion, and this one takes the cake. The only thing I think I found is that though the cover is cute, it fits the title, but it doesn't fit the content.
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
Release Date: June 3rd, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
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.
My Bookish Likes:
I loved that this book shows how people treat physical versus mental conditions. As Matthew observes, when people can see a change, they are more tolerant than when they can't. In the book, people say Amy is strong, brave, and an inspiration for persevering through her struggles. But Matthew is ridiculed, told to get over it, and made to try and change. This is so realistic. While it's obviously been worse in the past, there is still so much farther that society need to go before mental illness doesn't just lose the stigma attached, but is seen as a legitimate condition. I loved that this book looked at that.
My Bookish Mehs:
While I liked that this book addressed that issue, I felt it could have been pushed more. I also hated how Amy and Matthew allowed themselves to be manipulated.
This was a pretty good book! It went by pretty quickly, and it's definitely food for thought. I might suggest this book for fans of The Fault in Our Stars and Kissing Doorknobs.
I gave this book 5 stars on my Goodreads, and there's probably an 80% chance that I will reread it.