Say What You Will
Amy and Matthew didn't know each other that well. Actually, they didn't know each other at all. The only thing Matthew knew about Amy was exactly what everyone else knew: that she has cerebral palsy and communicates through a talking computer. Yet, he's fascinated by her, and after he unexpectedly confronts her about the life she's pretending to lead, Amy decides that she needs him in her life. From this point on, these two teenagers on the verge of adulthood are thrown into a complex relationship that neither will ever recover from.
"With summer just around the corner and a long list of books to choose from, SAY WHAT YOU WILL should be at the very top."
Although SAY WHAT YOU WILL is Cammie McGovern's first young adult novel, she knows precisely how to convey the roller coaster of emotions that young people experience today; especially those that suffer with mental illnesses and disorders that make controlling one’s body nearly, if not entirely, impossible. Matthew's internal battle with obsessive compulsive disorder is frighteningly real, as is Amy's agonizing attempts to make her first real friends when no one sticks around long enough to hear what she has to say. The topics at hand are not easy by any means, yet McGovern writes with such effortless fluidity that one might think she'd gone through every single situation herself.
With summer just around the corner and a long list of books to choose from, SAY WHAT YOU WILL should be at the very top. It is not one to miss.
For fans of: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and ELEANOR & PARK
Reviewed by Lucy P., Teen Board Member on June 5, 2014