Amy and Matthew
Cammie McGovernAges 12+
Published in the US as Say What You Will.
Amy is unflinchingly honest about her limitations. Born with cerebral palsy, she can't walk or talk without help. But trapped inside this uncooperative body lies a brilliant mind and a luminous spirit - a girl capable of truly loving and worthy of being loved in return.
Matthew has his own set of challenges - a mind consumed by unwanted repeated thoughts, obsessive rituals and a crippling fear that he can't explain. But underneath all of the anxiety lies a deep seed of hope for someone to come along who believes in him...
This is the story of Amy and Matthew. It may not be a fairy tale romance or set in an imagined world far from our own. But the love they share is real. And yes, there's magic in it.
This is Cammie McGovern's first YA novel but Amy and Matthew will shoot her straight to the top ranks of first-class teen writers. Definitely one to watch.
Charlotte Eyre, welovethisbook.com
If you enjoyed Eleanor and Park, The Fault in Our Stars and The Perks of Being a Wallflower then I couldn't recommend this book to you more. It certainly deserves the same recognition which is not something I say lightly with the books mentioned above being a few of my favourites. Amy and Matthew are certain to open reader's eyes to the world of both physical and mental illness and work their way into reader's hearts with their beautifully broken love story.
An engaging and honest story of troubled young people and first love.
Marilyn Brocklehurst, The Bookseller