As promised here is my book review: Amy and Matthew by Cammie McGovern, 2014

Overall rating: 10/10

Genre Romance

I really enjoyed this book. I cannot believe how much I identified with the characters, Amy with her cerebral palsy, her search for friendship and her fight for independence. I also identified a lot with Matthew as like the character I have OCD and a severe anxiety disorder.

I loved how Cammie wrote the book, it was like the characters were real.

I shared a lot of Amy’s problems such as struggling to make friends, finding love and the struggle to break free from her over protective mother Nicole. I’m actually glad Cammie wrote about Amy and her mothers relationship because when your carer is also your parent, you will have a very close bond because you need them 24/7 and they’ve protected you and fought for you all of your life. But, there comes a time like Amy’s experiencing where you want to break free of that bond and show the world you can ‘wheel with your own two hands’. Amy’s mother is rather pushy and analytical and in the novel amy actually says ‘by pushing me she gave me a life’.

Matthew has OCD where he can’t break free from his rituals until Amy helps him with exposure therapy. Thus, their friendship blossoming.

Matthew along with some other friends including the lathrio Sanjay is one of Amy’s peer helpers. Instead of having an adult aid, Amy wants her peers to help so she can be sociable at collage. (I really want to suggest this for me!) this starts off rocky but in the end friendships develops and so does love.

Matthew and Amy have a huge fight before Amy goes off to collage and this would be potentially the last time they see each other as Nicole deems Matthew ‘not good enough’ for Amy. (I was like bitch! leave her be she’s finally happy.) Amy and Matthew fight about sex and when Amy goes off to collage. She goes missing. I WILL NOT SPOIL IT FOR YOU GUYS BUT THERE IS MAJOR PLOT TWIST.

Themes in the book:

* Mental illness

* Relationships

* disability

* pregnancy

* sex


Music Monday playlist: My big Sings

  • Frank Sinatra – New York
  • Defying Gravity – Wicked!
  • Don’t cry for me Argentina – Eva
  • Cry me a River – Michael Bublé
  • My Way – Frank Sinatra
  • I am telling you – Dream Girls
  • Because of you – Kelly Clarkson
  • Somewhere over the rainbow – WO OZ
  • Listen – Dream girls
  • Fighter – Xtina
  • This is me – Demi Lovato
  • Skyscraper – Demi Lovato
  • Tell me you love me – Demi Lovato

The Head Teachers Award (Written In 2012)

Remember in one of my early posts when my ickkle blog just had 12 readers? I did a post about an award I had received at school. ‘The head teachers award’ for sticking up for my rights as a disabled student in 2012? Well, he’s had to write a letter for my Record of achievement (what we take to future employers/uni interviews) as proof that had the award. I just thought I’d share it with you: ‘I was delighted to be able to award Rachel my Headteacher’s award for Key Stage 3 in the Summer of 2012. Rachel was given this award, by myself, from well over 700 potential recipients.

Rachel is a truly remarkable young woman: she is popular with her peers and her teachers alike. She displays an absolutely fantastic attitude in everything that she does. Rachel’s philosophy is a simple one: she is totally determined to be the best that she possibly be in everything that she does. Rachel is not prepared to allow any obstacle to stand in her way.

I have been a teacher for 25 years and in all of that time have been involved with literally tens of thousands of young people. I can say, with all sincerity, Rachel is one of a handful who will always stay in my memory for her exceptional approach to life’,