A few months ago, readers took to Twitter to demand diversity in literature. The hashtag “#WeNeedDiverseBooks” went viral and, whether you participated in the discussion or not, it was a very inspiring conversation to witness, as individuals worldwide were sharing their own personal stories and their desire for unique voices.
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern celebrates the unique aspects of two teens who fall in love because of their flaws, not in spite of them. In her senior year of high school, Amy steps out of her comfort zone when she decides to hire peer aides to assist the daily tasks that are made difficult for her as a result of her cerebral palsy. Matthew is one of those aides, and as they begin to spend time together, their new friendship grows into something neither expected.
Say What You Will is appropriately compared to John Green‘s The Fault in Our Stars for its quirky and heartfelt teen love story and to Rainbow Rowell‘s Eleanor & Park for its alternating perspectives from two misfit wallflowers; however, these comparisons, though complimentary, are unnecessary. It can confidently stand on its own.
So what’s the last thing I will say about Say What You Will before I show you what some other people are saying? Just one thing: Read it.