Author: Cammie McGovern
Synopsis: 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.
Huge thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for this ARC!
Wow. So this book… was amazing. I don’t feel that any review I could write about it would portray how I really felt about it, so I’m going to just list a few things that I loved and the two points that I really disliked.
What I loved the most is how this book is so honest and raw and it takes really difficult subject matter and tackles it in a very accessible way. I loved the risks McGovern took with both Amy and Matthew. They both have problems and they both deal with them in very different ways. They both struggle, they seek out help, they learn and regress and move forward again. I loved the ups and downs they both went through, together and alone.
For the first half of this book it was a solid five-stars. I loved the way the story unfolded, the way we could see things from both Amy and Matthew’s sides, the genuine emotions that leapt off the page and and the writing was very rich. But in the latter half of the book, probably around 60-70%, it took a twist that I was not a fan of. Despite not seeing the twist coming AT ALL, after it happened, I was left with a few questions that were never answered and should have been asked or at least thought about. I also am just not a fan of that certain plot line. So that bumped it down a star for me.
Another thing that I didn’t really like was the way that Amy and Matthew would fight and it was like THE MOST DRAMATIC THING EVER. He walked out on her TWICE and she felt so justified in what she was saying and he felt so justified in what HE was saying and I know that they’re teens, but man. It got a little old.
Over all this was very solid and the rest of the reviews are nailing it. Y’all will definitely want to check this one out, especially fans of Eleanor & Park. Highly recommend this!