Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Say What You Will

Say What You WillTitle : Say What You Will
Author : Cammie McGovern
Rating : 4 Stars!!!
Hardcover, 343 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by HarperTeen (first published March 27th 2014)
original title : Amy & Matthew
ISBN : 0062271105 (ISBN13: 9780062271105)
Source copy: From HarperCollins
Synopsis:
John Green's The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern's insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.

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.
 

Source : Goodreads 

"You might not be able to talk, but you make your points better than anyone else I know. My point is: you know what you want to say. A lot of people don't. You might not even realize this. A lot of us are still trying to figure out what we want to say." 
- Matthew

It wasn't a kind of book that'll make you fall head over heels in love with the guy because he was in love with a girl with impairments. It was way more than that. The book has the barest form of words to bring so much ache in the reader's heart. In that location was the truth and denial within the characters which makes it close enough to reality. 

I admit that it was tough for me to adjust to reading a book with a protagonist that has a disability. Because I am habituated to read the protagonist that is completely normal in such a way their body moves. Which I really reckon that this book already knocked it out to diversify YA fiction novels.

Although there were confusing emotions of Amy and Matthew, the moment they realized what they truly desired to say saved all the pain they've felt throughout the story. The words even felt like they were genuinely crafted in able the readers to have an insight of these fragile teenagers who faced the consequences wholeheartedly. The medical terms were clearly specified and understandable to me which makes me feel in sync with their handicaps. 

But to be fair, reading Say What You Will feels like Amy and Matthew weren't much with a disability at all. Because throughout the story, it all comes down to the mere fact that these characters were simply one of the people who also faces the same problems like other people does. It's a matter of facing the failures and live up and learn with it.

As the narrative moves on chapter by chapter, their emotions were like a hurricane. The casualties of their weakened hearts and the unsaid words is a complete knockout. Two thumbs up for Cammie McGovern for making a wonderful masterpiece about these characters who were once broken became whole because of the words they wanted to sound out. 

Say What You Will is definitely the right novel for people who wanted to seek about the conflicts and obstacles of a broken one and knowing the reality to heal it by saying the words from our hearts.




 

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