I love books that keep you guessing and Don’t Look Back definitely accomplished that. Sam’s amnesia gave her an interesting perspective as sh...more3.5 Stars
I love books that keep you guessing and Don’t Look Back definitely accomplished that. Sam’s amnesia gave her an interesting perspective as she was able to view her own life like an outsider, and she did not like what she found. Besides the mystery of what happened to her best friend, there was also the realization that her life had spiraled into something that she didn’t like and couldn’t control. I thought it was interesting that, when stripped of her memories, her gut feelings took over and she shied away from the things (and people) that once attracted her. Her amnesia also allowed her to see everyone as a suspect, which added to the twisty nature of the story.
What this book lacks in reality, it makes up for it in pure, indulgent fun. This is one of those books that you can’t help reading in one sitting. The twists and turns were so engrossing that I had a very hard time putting it down. I am not usually a big mystery/thriller reader, but Don’t Look Back was well paced enough to keep my interest. I found myself constantly changing my theory about who did it, which is a testament to the many turns the plot took. On top of the mystery is a romance that I found to be very sweet and satisfying. Don’t Look Back is one that I think crosses genre boundaries and will find a home on bookshelves of both teens and adults. Whether you’re hopping on a flight or driving to your vacation this summer, make sure you have Don’t Look Back in your bag because it will definitely keep you entertained!(less)
My shamefully limited knowledge of books that have main characters with disabilities really left me wanting more. I never felt connected to the charac...moreMy shamefully limited knowledge of books that have main characters with disabilities really left me wanting more. I never felt connected to the characters because they seemed more like A DIAGNOSIS and less like a person. In SAY WHAT YOU WILL, Cammie McGovern wrote about two people, two funny, quirky, and lonely people, and let the reader see their friendship develop into something beautiful. In many ways, Matthew’s OCD cripples him much more than Amy’s CP limits her, and while that reversal of thinking (the girl with the physical disability is actually the least disabled) restructured my preconceived ideas about their relationship dynamic, it really wasn’t about rescuing anyone. It was about setting aside fears, limitations, and appearances, and taking a chance at opening up to another human being.
Say What You Will was a wonderful illustration of the idea that we are more than the sum of our outside parts and we are more than our limitations. That sounds like such an obvious thing to know, yet I think that most people go through their day thinking that they know people based on what they see, not based on real interaction. This book didn’t just change the way I might see a person with a physical disability, it reminded me that we all struggle in one way or another. Amy and Matthew were a unique duo, sure, but also not so very unlike any other teens; they felt lonely, had insecurities, wondered about the future, wanted more from their parents, and wanted less from their parents. I can’t adequately express how this book grabbed my heart, but it did, and I guarantee you that it will grab your heart, as well. I laughed out loud, I winced, and I got a little teary while reading Say What You Will. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to expand your world by reading this book.(less)