(Blog Tour) Excerpt: Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

18599754Title: Say What You Will
Author: Cammie McGovern
Date of Publication: June 3rd 2014 by HarperTeen

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.f7f90-addtogoodreads

He didn’t answer her question. He couldn’t because here was the real question: Why did she keep writing to him? He wasn’t sure what she was doing this summer, but he assumed she was taking some college-level summer classes. He heard a rumor once that Amy took courses through UCLA Extension every summer, and had enough credits to start college a year fro now as a second-semester sophomore. It probably wasn’t true, but that’s what he’d heard. There were a few stories like that about her.

After a week, he felt guilty for not responding and wrote this:

To: aimhigh@comcast.net

From: mstheword@gmail.com

Re: I’m happy!

Sorry I couldn’t write back for a while. I got really busy.

Can you believe school is about to start? I’m looking forward to the training sessions for this job. That should be interesting. Do you attend, too? Your mother didn’t say in her letter.

He sounded like a dork. Oh well. At least he’d writer her back.

To: mstheword@gmail.com

From: aimhigh@comcast.net

Re: I’m happy!

No, I won’t go to the training sessions. Why do sleepovers make you nervous?

To: mstheword@gmail.com

From: aimhigh@comcast.net

Re: I’m happy!

How did it go? My mother said you were there but you were pretty quiet the whole time and then you left early, which makes me nervous that maybe you’ve changed your mind. Please don’t change your mind, Matthew.


Cammie McGovern was born in Evanston, Illinois, but moved to Los Angeles when she was seven years old. She is the author of three adult novels, The Art of Seeing, Eye Contact, and Neighborhood Watch. Say What You Will will be published by HarperTeen in June, 2014. She currently lives in Amherst, MA, with her husband and three sons, the oldest of whom is autistic.

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