Let’s Talk Books: Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

Honestly, that’s a really adorable cover, but sad to say, I hated this more than 99 Days, and that’s saying something.

I really thought I might get a break from exhausted themes but this was a little overkill in the sense that not only are our protagonists have serious issues while dealing with what existential crisis teenagers get in high school only to seriously amount to royally stupid mistakes. The cover is adorable, and by the looks of it – wanted to project some level of being adorable. I do some chalk art on a weekly basis, and this is excellent inspiration but it’s plot failed to deliver over all. B- book cover.

Basically, Say What You Will is about a a girl born with cerebral palsy, named Amy who can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions – except for what I understood was half of her face. Our second protagonist is a boy named Matthew who has an obsessive-compulsive disorder with repetitive thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear – which is more or less mysophobia. After being isolated for about eleven years, she decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School and Matthew is one of them and they sort of hit it off.

Major reasons why I hated this book: Amy is supposed to be smart. Her peer helpers were supposed to be responsible – *looks pointedly at Sanjay.* Amy’s mom was also supposed to be smarter. If it was possible to have a devastatingly large amount of negative character development, this book did it. I decided to finish it only because I wanted to see Matthew’s character development – he’s the only one who appears to have any legitimate impact on the story because of how he dealt with his condition.

Overall rating: 3.1 out of 5 stars


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