Say What You Will By Cammie McGovern
Published By HarperTeen March 2014
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 Review ~
** Copy received from the publisher (Harper Collins) at ALA 2014, in exchange for an honest review**
Oh my goodness. This is such a fabulous book. I was absolutely engulfed by it. Say What You Will is a YA book that will teach you [the reader] to say what you should. Its written with such a beautiful voice, that it stand miles above others in its genre. It is a contemporary story, about a girl with cerebral palsy and a boy with dibilatating problems of his own, who bond with each other and find it extremely hard to let go. It is their adventure of discovering life and heartache and becoming their own person. I just feel so good about this book. Say What You Will opens your eyes to the struggles of someone with a disability, be it physical or mental. It is unique, with such an original POV; told from both Amy and Matthew's perspective. You will love these characters. You will also see how realistic the trials are that these characters face. This book hit home with me and I'm sure it will with many other readers too. This is a must read!