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Book Review: Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

I tried to write multiple haiku reviews for this book, but not one of them did the story justice. It's the kind of book that can't be summed up in a neat little package. I think the two main characters would appreciate it.

Amy has lived her life in a neatly constructed box of her mother's making. She's an oustanding student inspite of her cerebral palsy and her inability to walk or talk without assistance.

During her senior year, Amy decides that she no longer wants adult aides with her her during the school day preferring to have another student help her get from class to class. She ends up with four peer aides, Sanjay, Chloe, Sarah, and Matthew.

It's Matthew that takes her focus. Matthew who taps lockers and mumbles to himself and can't go more than a half hour without washing his hands. Amy has never felt like she might be able to help someone else before. She's always been the one who needed all the help. When she proposes to start making assignments up to help Matthew with his OCD, they develop a closer friendship than either of them could have expected.

When her parents realize what's going on, they step in and ask Matthew to stop seeing Amy. But Amy's tired of her parents opinions and Matthew's happier than he has been in a long time.

This book was complusively readable. I literally couldn't put it down until I finished it. I would highly recommend it for anyone in high school.

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