Say What You Will is cute, honest and eye-opening. I believe the story is written to give the readers a better understanding of cerebral palsy (CP) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and I admire the author for courageously choosing to write a love story about characters that have these conditions.
Matthew who is supposed to help Amy with her physical limitations caused by her CP ends up being helped by Amy on his mental and emotional limitations caused by his OCD and throughout the story, this is what the two do for each other. They help, inspire and accept each other for what they are and I think the author is able to realistically portray this.
Both characters have serious flaws and issues because like every other human being, they too make bad choices and decisions and also end up hurting each other. In effect, their love story is essentially like any other love story. I would have preferred the first person POV but as it is, I think the writing is adorable. Just take a peak.
“But I’ve decided that it’s possible to love someone for entirely selfless reasons, for all of their flaws and weaknesses, and still not succeed in having them love you back. It’s sad, perhaps, but not tragic, unless you dwell forever in the pursuit of their elusive affections.”
Even though the characters could use a deeper, more dynamic development and the plot a little less condensed because I think the conflicts got a bit too overwhelming down the middle of the road. But overall, I think this is a surprisingly good book that offers YA readers a powerful message. I definitely recommend it.