Title: Say What You Will: (they told each other everything except what matters most)
Author: Cammie McGovern
Recommended for: 7th grade and up
Call Number/Link: TEEN FICTION MCGOVERN, C.
Synopsis: 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.
This book has been described as a cross between Eleanor and Park and Fault in Our Stars. I would agree but also add in some of Out of My Mind. This book develops both main characters well, that you just have to root for them both. They have a connection that started in 2nd grade, where they looked at each other and decided that they thought the other was interesting but really didn’t do anything about it till senior year of high school. As Matthew helps Amy around the school they develop a friendship, but neither of them are ready to say how they really feel as feelings grow, so they end up going their seperate ways after high school. Very heartwarming and also tragic at the same time. Good for readers of Sarah Dessen and other realistic fiction authors.