Cammie McGovern is the author of three adult novels, The Art of Seeing, Eye Contact, and Neighborhood Watch. Her anticipated young adult debut, Say What You Will, will be published by HarperTeen in June, 2014.
Say What You Will
US release: June 4, 2014
UK release: April 2014, as Amy and Matthew
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.
“Unlike its most obvious read-alike, The Fault in Our Stars, this is not a tragic romance: Amy and Matthew’s relationship is messy, fraught and tantalizing, but it’s not threatened with imminent death. McGovern’s triumph is how well she normalizes and highlights the variety of disability experiences among teens and their often circuitous journeys toward claiming their voices and right to self-determination…Ultimately, a deeply engaging and rewarding story.” Kirkus Reviews
“In her YA debut, adult author McGovern avoids gooeyness or condescension by making Amy and Matthew individuals, not diagnoses, and their relationship not just plausible, but suspenseful, as they try to figure out what they can be to each other. Watching Amy and Matthew grapple with big questions—Is love possible for them? What about sex? What do they want after high school? Can mistakes be forgiven and loss survived?—readers will be surprised, moved, amused, worried, hopeful, and grateful to have spent time with them.” Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“In Cammie McGovern’s debut novel Say What You Will, Amy and Matthew will break your heart and then with their resiliency and wit and ardor put it back together. This is a book to read, savor, and pass on and on until it has gone around the world twice.” Ron Koertge, author of Stoner and Spaz, Cooltown Jesus
This is Cammie McGovern’s first YA novel but Amy and Matthew will shoot her straight to the top ranks of first-class teen writers. Definitely one to watch. (Charlotte Eyre, We Love this Book)
An engaging and honest story of troubled young people and first love. (Marilyn Brocklehurst The Bookseller)
NICE EARLY REVIEWS FROM THE UK!! THANK YOU TO ALL THE WONDERFUL BOOK BLOGGERS (you should definitely visit their sites…)
If you enjoyed Eleanor and Park, The Fault in Our Stars and The Perks of Being a Wallflower then I couldn’t recommend this book to you more.(jessheartsbooks.blogspot.co.uk)
A warm, magnificent and delicate love story. (dark-readers.com)
A really beautiful love story and it has quickly become one of my favourite books that I’ve read so far this year. (flutteringbutterflies.com)
I cannot thank McGovern enough for getting me back into this genre and reminding me of everything I love about contemporary YA. Definitely one of the top YA books out there at the moment. (steppingoutofthepage.co.uk)
Wonderfully written and moving, it is one of those books that I would re-read again and again. (themilelongbookshelf.com)
It’s a powerful novel that will captivate many, many readers. (solittletimeforbooks.blogspot.co.uk)
Simply, you should go out and buy it straight away. It challenges preconceived notions and will blow you away. (queenofcontemporary.com)
SAY WHAT YOU WILL AND WHOLE CHILDREN TEAM UP TO MAKE A MUSIC VIDEO!!
Check out this music video featuring Whole Children, celebrating it’s tenth year of serving kids, teens and young adults with disabilities in Hadley Massachusetts. (For more info, check out: www.wholechildren.org)
What a gorgeous song with a fabulous title!