So I really need to start reading the blurbs on books more. I saw Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern, and really liked the title/cover (Yes I am one of those people) so I thought I would give it a go. Now, after having just read the blurb just then, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up at all. However, while I didn’t particularly enjoy the book, I thought that it was interesting.
I will just give a brief description so that you don’t have to go look up what it is about. So basically this story is about a girl called Amy who has Cerebral Palsy and a boy named Matthew who has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (I know, what a mix!). They are both in their senior year of high school and Amy realises that she doesn’t have any friends and figures that this is because she has aids with her all the time, so she comes up with a plan to hire her peers to be her aids (help her to and from classes/go to the bathroom etc.) and of course Matthew turns out to be one of the 5 aids, of course. You can probably gather what happens from there, but I won’t spoil it for you.
Now here’s what I think. I thought that this book had potential to be one of those eye-opening books that will stick with you, however in my opinion it didn’t really have an effect on me at all. I didn’t connect with the characters, I thought they were boring and didn’t really have any depth to them. The writing style itself was good, although I’m not overly picky about the styles as long as it is readable. It was pretty slow paced though, and is actually pretty boring.
I did find it interesting to read from the perspective of teenagers living with a disability, although it was pretty unrealistic at times. For instance, Amy diagnosed Matthew with OCD and then attempts to actually treat him (kind of) with little assignments like touching something dirty and not washing his hands for one hour. Which I thought was pointless, but in saying that I don't know anything about OCD.
In the blurb (which I literally just read then) it compares this book to that of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park, and I think the only similarities here are the fact that the two main characters are ill (TFIoS) and they are two people that you wouldn’t normally imagine being friends (E&P).
Til next time, Terri x
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