What. In. The. World.
When you first pick up this book and start to read it you meet Amy and Matthew.
Amy was born with cerebral palsy.
Matthew has obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Amy is so smart and so independent (for someone that is so depending) with her own thoughts. Matthew has a thing about facets and hitting things as he passes them.
One day he voices his opinion about something that grabs Amy’s attention.
Amy’s senior year is changed and Matthew becomes a part of it
Amy, the one with the physical restrictions, ends up helping Matthew, the one who is hired to help her with her restrictions, with his own problems: OCD. He doesn’t see this as a problem at first, but is shown the light by his dear, er, friend Amy.
That’s the first 200 pages of the book (give or take). I really appreciated the insight McGovern sheds because for someone who claims to be a little OCD, I realize I am vastly wrong. My heart reached out to Matthew because he tried so hard to hide the demon that lived in his head, telling him that if he didn’t triple check he may hurt someone.
I felt for Amy as well, because she didn’t realize she made no friends her grade-school years. She decided to make a change and try her last year (senior) and it wasn’t going as well as she hoped. She did find someone who actually treated her like a person and not like a disability though.
Then their school year ends, and I’m not okay with it anymore.
No that is not okay. She did that “just so she would know what she was doing” when the time came? I don’t think so. She was practically 10-year-old dating Matthew and she did this and he barely gets to be mad at her for it? Matthew, after three months, gets to be the one that feels bad about the whole things?
Then Amy, stupidly, is pregnant and doesn’t know it at college and no one else knows it because she is 99.9% by herself up there? Matthew, being the great guy he is, stands in for stupid Sanjay and helps her through delivering and giving away a baby and she gets to tell him what a low-life he is?
THEN she tells him about a screen play she writes and he comes up to surprise her and she finally tells him she loves him and then it’s happily ever after?
I don’t care how disabled you are or aren’t, you don’t treat people like that. He’s a boy. He’s going to be stupid with your little hints. He needs to be told upfront. He doesn’t notice or he does but does nothing about it? Okay cool, move on. Tell him again and again, go for it. Be annoying, sure.
But don’t proceed to have sex with someone that you know your practically boyfriend doesn’t like and then expect him to be okay with it. Don’t have him help you with a delivery and then tell him he needs to grow up. Don’t just expect him to come whenever you email him.
The character development for Matthew was remarkable, in my opinion. He slowly but surely finds himself again and doesn’t let his mental disability control him. That is something I valued from reading from this book.
The character development for Amy, in my opinion, was lacking. She was already comfortable with herself and out of her shell. She talks to people easily and is super smart. She needed to actually be less comfortable with herself. She needs to be able to know she might need help sometimes. Sure, don’t let it hold you back and do what you what to do, but know that you will need someone there to help you. She didn’t grow any. She didn’t learn anything from Matthew like he did her. She honestly started to annoy me in the last couple pages of the book.
I would say read this book but know that it might not be something you’ll read again. I think it is worth the read, but don’t take relationship advice from this book by all means.
Honestly, I got kind of bored…