Say What You Will

Say What You Will

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"A unique and unforgettable love." --Teen Vogue

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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 29mm | 426g
  • English
  • 0062271105
  • 9780062271105
  • 289,520

Back cover copy

I want someone who will talk to me honestly about things. You're the only person who ever has. Maybe you don't know this, but when you're disabled almost no one tells you the truth. They feel too awkward because the truth seems too sad, I guess. You were very brave to walk up to the crippled girl and say, essentially, wipe that sunny expression off your face and look at reality. That's what I want you to do next year. Tell me the truth. That's all.

Amy and Matthew didn't know each other, really. They weren't friends. Matthew remembered her, sure, but he remembered a lot of people from elementary school that he wasn't friends with now.

Matthew never planned to tell Amy what he thought of her cheerful facade, but after he does, Amy realizes she needs someone like him in her life.

As they begin to spend more time with each other, Amy learns that Matthew has his own secrets and she decides to try to help him in the same way he's helped her. And when what started out as a friendship turns into something neither of them expected, they realize that they tell each other everything--except the one thing that matters most.
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"Cammie McGovern channels her knowledge and passion for special needs kids in Say What You Will. Like the deservedly best-selling Wonder by R.J. Palacio--required reading for every family--this doesn't just get you talking, it gets you thinking, feeling and rejoicing"--Family Circle
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16,343 ratings
3.66 out of 5 stars
5 24% (3,926)
4 34% (5,551)
3 29% (4,785)
2 9% (1,510)
1 3% (571)

Our customer reviews

Say What You Will is a difficult read. It's raw and honest and maybe, a tad uncomfortable. But it's brave and daring. It depicts the ugly reality of the lives of people who suffer from disabilities that may or may not be so obvious to other people. Amy and Matthew may be different from the outside but they both have their own disabilities that cripple them one way or another. Amy has cerebral palsy while Matthew is suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. The friendship that grows between them is hesitant, awkward and unexpected. But it's also one of the most beautiful relationships I've read. Initially, it was Matthew who was supposed to help Amy gain friends, but in the process, Amy also did the same for Matthew. It's an amazing friendship when two people both have struggles when it comes to words but still they managed to convey what they wanted to say to each other. I liked the story and the plot okay but mostly, what I admired about this book is the character development. I loved how Amy and Matthew evolved throughout the story �??�?�¢?? how they overcame their fears and learned to assert their independence. It was inspiring and hopeful. The turn of events leading to Taylor was really unexpected, though. Not to sound judgmental, but I wouldn't have thought that Amy would be that bold and daring to do that. And this is where my love for Matthew multiplies tenfold. Because in spite of the things that happened between them, he did not abandon Amy, especially when she needed it the most. Amy didn't even want her own parents to know, but she let Matthew be a part of an important decision in her life. Heart-wrenching and beautifully written, Say What You Will is a story that teaches us that our disabilities do not define and limit us. Amy and Matthew showed us a friendship so beautiful and a love that embraces the other person's flaws and more
by Julie Rimpula
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