Thursday, July 31, 2014

Teen Review: Realistic Fiction

Reviewed by Amy Sepulveda, 10th grade

In Cammie McGovern's Say What You Will, the point of view shifts from Amy, an intelligent, but disabled teenage girl who shows that anyone can do anything, to Matthew, who is at first just along for the ride, but gets sucked into so much more. Amy’s mother hires peer helpers for her so she can make a few friends before they begin their senior year of high school. She begs Matthew through email to sign up for it, though they had previously only spoken twice. Once school starts, Amy finds that Matthew is the only one of her five peer helpers with whom she is at ease, and they soon learn everything they can about each other. Say What You Will shows how two young people can fall in obvious love, and though things can get in the way, nothing can release their strong grips on each other’s hearts.


In my opinion, Say What You Will could easily become the next The Fault in Our Stars, another brilliant story about love with obstacles. There are similar messages conveyed through the characters who have problems a teenager should not have to experience. I was sucked into it and finished Say What You Will 's 343 pages within five hours. The cover art is cute and shows speech bubbles that represent that even with Amy’s inability to speak, she still finds ways to achieve her goals.


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