Saturday, June 27, 2015
Book Review: "Say What You Will" by Cammie McGovern
These characters really stand out for me. Every so often, you may come across a YA book that has one character coping with a disability, but not both of the main characters. This really gave some insight into living with CP or OCD. I went to elementary school with a girl who had CP and was far more limited physically than Amy, and I thought of her a lot while reading this. As for Matthew- all I could think about was how casually someone might joke around about "being a little OCD about (insert something very trivial)" and not have a clue about how debilitating OCD is for the sufferer. While it was nice to see these characters help each other in their particular situations, I don't know that I would recommend the way in which one of them went about doing so.... I feel like some things are better left to professionals and reading about it in a book doesn't exactly make one an expert.
As for the story itself - it is for the most part real to me. I can see their relationship growing ever so slowly, within and around their set of circumstances. One hang up I had has to do with the game-changing event. It felt a little cliche and it made me question some timelines which I hate to do. The way the characters reacted afterward was a little off-putting too. I think this is good for teens who are curious about those with disabilities, who may enjoy a shy love story and/or friendship story (as there are a lot of different friendships in this book).
Say What You Will
by Cammie McGovern