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Jun 11, 2014

Say What You Will Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the Say What You Will Blog Tour hosted by Book Nerd Tours. For today's stop, I've got a super fun guest post by Cammie McGovern and the tour wide giveaway to share with all of you, so do not go anywhere because there's a lot of epic going on here! Let's get to it!

About the book:

Title: Say What You Will
Author: Cammie McGovern
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: June 3, 2014
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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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.

Guest post: The Inspiration for Say What You Will

The inspiration for my book, Say What You Will, came primarily from living for the last eighteen years with my son, Ethan who has autism. Through him, and an organization called Whole Children that I started with a group of other mom-friends to run after school classes for kids with disabilities, I’ve gotten to know A LOT Of kids with a whole bunch of different special needs. They’re a great, fun bunch and though it’s impossible to generalize about any group (especially a group of teens with disabilities), one of the biggest surprises to me has been how much they want the same things as any typically-developing teenager. They talk about getting boyfriends and girlfriends, about wanting to go to prom, and about going out on dates. In fact, they talk so much about it, there’s even a class now to help them practice these skills and talk about what goes into having a relationship (so they don’t have to talk about all this stuff with their parents, which no one wants to do!)

For most of her life, my main character Amy, who is very intelligent but has cerebral palsy and uses a computer to communicate, has stayed at home. She chose books over boys (hey, how about that!) and never got to know any of her peers. This is her last year of high school and she wanted to finally make friends before she goes. I based Amy a little bit on a girl who has been in school with my son since they were three years old. And this year—guess what—they’re both eighteen and they went to prom together! Here’s a picture (you can also check them on the book trailer video which is great):

About the author:

Cammie McGovern is the author of the adult novels Neighborhood Watch, Eye Contact, and The Art of Seeing. This is her first book for young adults. Cammie is also one of the founders of Whole Children, a resource center that runs after-school classes and programs for children with special needs. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband and three children.

Connect with Cammie McGovern: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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