Amy has cerebral palsy and is entering her senior year realizing that she's never really interacted much with her peers. Matthew has OCD and has been hiding it from everyone as much as he can, but it seems to be getting worse. When Matthew begins working as Amy's peer helper, neither expects the change and motivation that the other stimulates in them. They don't expect to become best friends. And they certainly don't expect anything more. Expectations are funny that way. They are often blown apart by reality.
Why It's Worth Reading:
Say What You Will is such a sweet romance featuring such unique, honest and authentic characters. I found it compelling and moving and just plain interesting. The aspects of both Amy and Matthew's physical and mental disabilities were handled with great tact and clearly with much background knowledge and research. I felt like I learned things unintentionally while reading the story - how electronic voice communicators work, and some treatment challenges for people dealing with OCD. I love that the author was willing to recognize the possibility of a very realistic romance between these two characters. And the story definitely had some surprises which is always appealing to me. I hate it when I can predict every plot twist before it happens. If you enjoy realistic fiction or have an interest in psychology or anatomy, this could be a great option for you!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
Awards: 3 starred reviews
Do We Own a Copy?: Yes! And my LIBRES copy will be added shortly too.