Published by Harper Teen
Published On: July 3, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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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.
Thoughts When I Finished:
I’m not gonna lie, this book was a little weird for me. That last half totally threw me off guard and I didn’t really care for it after that. I’m slightly disappointed in the author for doing that.
What I Loved:
I basically loved the first half of this book. I’m finding we’re seeing a lot of books about mental disorders recently and I was happy to see that not only was that included in this book, but a physical disorder as well. It was kind of nice actually and I thought their romance was sweet up until about the half way mark. Amy was really honest but naive and Matthew was shy but sweet. They made a really cute couple and I was excited for a happy ending. Unfortunately I didn’t end up happy at the end of this book.
What I Didn’t Like:
The second half of this book bothered me. I’m trying really hard not to spoil it but this paragraph might not make sense unless you’ve read the book. Something happens with Amy just a little over half way that I was not expecting, which is normally a good thing, but I hate it when this happens in books (or movies or even real life). It feels to me like an easy way out for books and movies and I was really disappointed that this even happened. It wasn’t just that it happened, it was that it happened and then the focus of the book switched to that instead of the relationship between Amy and Matthew. It just felt like a weird sort of ending.
Who I’d recommend To:
I’d recommend this book to fans of cute teenage relationships. That’s the main focus of this book. Contemporary lovers will love this book because it focuses a lot on the not quite perfect characters. The POV’s are different because these characters think in such different ways and you’re always in for a surprise.
This book started off really great and then slowly slipped into a disappointment. It was doing so well at the beginning being a different ya contemporary and then it picked up a few ya trends and that turned me off a little. I’m not saying don’t read it because it was very well written. I’m just saying don’t expect it to be a completely original YA book because it ends up being the same as a lot of others.