Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern


I so, so, so, enjoyed the start of this novel, getting a chance to read two entirely unique characters, with problems I’ve never read before, was fascinating and entertaining, but I have to admit I really did not enjoy the ending.

As I just said, the characters in Say What You Will, were so fascinating to read. Amy has suffered from cerebral palsy her entire life, she uses a computer she types into to talk, and needs a walking brace to get around. But Amy is so, so smart, her intelligence wows teachers and peers alike and she is pretty much a sure in for whatever collage she wants. Mathew, has suffered majority of his adolescent life with undiagnosed OCD. He has irrational fears that an action of his will cause distress on other people, and the only way to stop this action from happening is to wash his hands X amounts of time, or tap ever second locker in the hall, or count the ceiling tiles repeatedly. I loved reading these characters and getting a better understanding on what life is like with these two, very different disabilities.

I liked Mathew more than Amy (even though I automatically liked her cause her name is Amy). Amy may have been physically disabled but there is never anything different about the workings of her brain, whereas, I found it so interesting to read how Mathew thought about things. I loved the start of this novel, when these two characters are learning to be friends and seeing beyond each other’s disabilities to the people they are truly. I loved reading them both growing and becoming better individuals.

A large chunk of this book is told in email format, either conversations or saved drafts and I found that these were some of my favourite parts of the book.

Okay, now for a negative, I thought the plot twist around the 3/4 mark cheapened the entire story. This story was about growth and acceptance and diversity, and then McGovern throughs in one of the most over used tropes in teen YA contemporaries. I feel like it was entirely unnecessary – like what did it actually add to the story? After it was all over the characters where pretty much exactly where they were before it. So what was the point? I didn’t like that whole bit.

The ending of this novel is kind of messy. After the unnecessary plot twist, this book felt confusing, I wasn’t sure where it was going in the end and I felt once it reached the ending that it didn’t make much sense from how the book was set up.

Overall, as I said at the start of this review I loved the start of this book, but just could not click with the ending. I am interested in reading other Cammie McGovern books, she writes such amazing diverse characters and I loved reading, and learning about them.



About Amy

I'm an 20 year old uni student who majors in procrastinating. It's wonderful really - many a great read was read because of it.

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