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Waiting on Wednesday: Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting:

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

Expected Release Date: June 3, 2014

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.

(summary via Goodreads)

It’s been a while since I did a Waiting on Wednesday, but I thought I’d take a break from cranking out reviews of books I read for the Cybils and focus on something I’m excited about but haven’t yet read.  This one starts off weak for me, because anything that tries to draw comparisons to two completely different yet wildly popular books screams “trying too hard.”

But.  It’s contemporary YA, and it’s definitely inclusion-lit.  It could be great or it could be totally clunky, but the cover is eye-catching and the premise is unique enough to pique my interest.  We’ll see, come June, whether or not this is a knockout.

What are you waiting on this week?


2 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

  1. I am in complete agreement that when books are compared to wildly popular novels they are trying too hard. Sometimes they do surprise you but I always tread lightly.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. I always feel like a book is good enough, it should be able to stand on its own. “Comparisons are odious” is a little pretentious, but it’s also sort of fitting.

      Thanks for commenting!

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