Young Adult Novels
Say What You Will
Amy and Matthew didn’t know each other, really. They weren’t friends. Matthew remembered her, sure, but he remembered a lot of people from elementary school that he wasn’t friends with now. Matthew never planned to tell Amy what he thought of her cheerful façade, but after he does, Amy realize she needs someone like him in her life.
As they begin to spend more time with each other, Amy learns that Matthew has his own secrets and she decides to try to help in the same way he’s helped her. And when what started out as a friendship turns into something neither of them expected, they realize that they tell each other everything—except what matter most.
EARLY REVIEWS FROM THE UK!! THANK YOU BOOK BLOGGERS!!
An engaging and honest story of troubled young people and first love. (Marilyn Brocklehurst The Bookseller)
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. Amy and Matthew are certain to open reader’s eyes to the world of both physical and mental illness and work their way into reader’s hearts with their beautifully broken love story. (jessheartsbooks.blogspot.co.uk)
Amy’s cerebral palsy was dealt with magnificently and I really felt like I have more of an insight into people who have it, something which I think is very important to teach. I think it’s very important to encourage young adults to read books which tackle unusual relationships and teach you that although everyone is different, ultimately people are all the same. (beingamummy.co.uk)
This book brought out emotions I never thought I could feel. It’s an all around epic love story not about the generic hot guy and non popular girl in school, this is so much better. A warm, magnificent and delicate love story that will break your heart and stitch it back together again. (dark-readers.com)
Amy and Matthew by Cammie McGovern was 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)
Oh my god this book. Ahhh this book was beautiful… A very moving, emotional and poignant story. (uncorkedthoughts.blogspot.co.uk)
I hope it’s clear how much I loved this book! It’s difficult to write in a review, as you really do have to ‘meet’ Amy and Matthew through reading. I cannot thank McGovern enough for getting me back into this genre and reminding me of everything I love about contemporary YA. Amy and Matthew is definitely one of the top YA books out there at the moment. Move over, The Fault In Our Stars and make way for Amy and Matthew! (steppingoutofthepage.co.uk)
Reminiscent of The Fault in Our Stars and Eleanor and Park – which many people have already compared this to – this is a highly enjoyable book which you’re almost certain to love if you liked those. Wonderfully written and moving, it is one of those books that – if I had time – I would re-read again and again. (themilelongbookshelf.com)
Cammie McGovern pushed a strong message home about inner strength, making your own choices and path in life, not judging someone by one factor of their personality or physicality and the almost life-saving abilities of friends. It’s an incredibly powerful idea that will stay with me for a long while. It’s a powerful novel that will captivate many, many readers. (solittletimeforbooks.blogspot.co.uk)
You know a novel is truly flawless when you feel as if the words flow into one and you are witnessing the events through the characters’ eyes without fault. . . Simply, you should go out and buy Amy & Matthew straight away. It challenges preconceived notions and will blow you away. (queenofcontemporary.com)
Two children disappear into the woods behind Woodside Elementary School. Hours later one them, nine-year-old Adam, in found alive, the sole witness to his playmate’s murder. But Adam is autistic and can say nothing about what he saw. Only his mother, Cara, has the power to penetrate his silence. When another child goes missing and Cara’s unsettling past emerges from the shadows, she has to ask herself whether her efforts to protect her son have exposed him to unimagined danger. Eye Contact is a thriller of hypnotic suspense and a powerful story of the bond between a mother and a very special child.
“An airtight thriller that illuminates the exhausting, isolating realities of parenting special-needs children.” People Magazine
“Author Cammie McGovern has created a page-turner that will keep you up at night trying to solve a murder, worried about, half in love with the children involved…You’ll close Eye Contact knowing more about loving children involved…You’ll close Eye Contact knowing more about loving children as they are, rather than as we expect them to be…” The State
“Deeply moving, actually, gripping…Cammie McGovern bring to the page an empathetic understanding of the lock that autism places on a mother’s child.” New York Daily News
“An enticing drama.” Entertainment Weekly
“So detailed and illuminating are McGovern’s descriptions of Adam that she offers, in essence, a primer on the nature of autism. Eye Contact is compelling by virtue of its spiky and in-transition characters. Psychologically rich and sensationally eventful.” Chicago Tribune
The Art of Seeing
As a child, the flamboyant, brooding and beautiful Rozzie was always the star of her family—especially in her younger sister Jemma’s eyes. So when Rozzie takes up acting and, as a teenager, wins a part in a major motion a picture, the life changes irrevocably for both sisters. Rozzie is catapulted into the chaotic adult world of celebrity while Jemma travels to movie sets and relishes her sister’s fame—never seeing the strain that the spotlight puts on Rozzie. Soon Jemma develops her own artistic ambitions as a photographer, and Rozzie is forced to reveal the secret she has kept from her family for years…
A moving story about family, celebrity, envy, and ultimately love.
“McGovern explores the deep shadows thrown by sisterly rivalry. She skillfully reflects the spotlight of fame back on itself.” Los Angeles Times
“Beautifully written.” Chicago Tribune
“A well-told tale of love and jealousy: good characters and a strong narrative voice.” Kirkus Reviews
Twelve years ago, librarian Betsy Treading was convicted of murdering her neighbor, the bohemian loner, Linda Sue. After DNA testing finally exonerates Betsy, she returns to her suburban community determined to salvage her life and find the true killer. As she begins to pick apart the web of secrets, lies and love affairs uncovered in the wake of her trial, Betsy suspects that her tight-lipped neighbors may know something that she has denied even to herself…
In Neighborhood Watch, Cammie McGovern captures the nail-biting electricity of the best literary thrillers and zeroes in on the subterranean tension abuzz in a town whose dark secrets threaten to obliterate the glossy façade of a perfect life. Intricately woven, psychologically astute, and filled with complex and surprising characters.
“In this superb suburban thriller, McGovern seductively unreels Betsy’s pursuit of the truth one shocking spool at a time. Fans of literary suspense fiction will be well-rewarded.” Publishers Weekly starred review
“McGovern’s engrossing tale of mistrust and deception is made all the more sinister by the false security portrayed behind its conventional white-picket fence façade.” Booklist
“TV’s Desperate Housewives would feel right at home on creepy Juniper Lane.” Kirkus Reviews