Call It What You Want

Call It What You Want

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Standalone

Letters To The Lost

Synopsis:

When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care. 

Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.

When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship…

This captivating, heartfelt novel asks the question: Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons?

Thoughts:

Oh my goodness. I think I might adore Brigid Kemmerer’s contemporary books. They’re so utterly moving. The ones I have read have absolutely stolen my heart and I’m not sad about that.

Call It What You Want is a story of two characters. Rob who is treated awfully because his father was caught up embezzling funds. Rob’s dad tried to commit suicide, but failed. However, his life changed dramatically and so did Rob’s. He was no longer the popular kid, he was an outcast. Then there’s Maegan. She comes from a family that’s seemingly perfect and the pressure got to her. She cheated on the SATs, getting caught and as a result hundreds of her peer’s marks were cancelled. Both Rob and Maegan are hated at school for their mistakes. I do feel for Rob though as it was his father’s mistakes that made him hated.

The characters are so beautifully written in this story. I once again fall in love with the characters in a Brigid Kemmerer novel and end up rooting for them. Both characters are deeper than you might think but so utterly easy to understand. I did feel more for Rob, as I felt like his situation was worse. There was so much hatred towards him for something he hadn’t done. Both characters don’t make great choices within the story, but that makes them human.

I always feel like Brigid Kemmerer novels make me feel something. They make me think about the bigger picture. This story includes isolation, loneliness, hatred, family and friendship. There’s so much to think about.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A wonderful touching read. I highly recommend Brigid Kemmerer!

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10 thoughts on “Call It What You Want

  1. I’ve been curious about this one since the moment I saw the title (and I will forever think of the Taylor Swift song when I think of this one). Pretty sure this is one I’ll look for when I get to the bookstore this week!! 🙂

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