Title: Call It What You Want
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Published: June 27th
Edition: UK Paperback
My Rating: ★★★★☆
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?
Disclaimer: I received an review copy of this book in exchange for a review, all opinions are my own!
Thank you Bloomsbury YA for sending me a gorgeous UK full cover copy of Call It What You Want!
I fell in love with Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse So Dark and Lonely last year but I hadn’t yet read a single one of her already released contemporary books though they are recommended to me! I now have Letters To The Lost and More Than We Can Tell and I’m really looking forwards to diving into those ones!
Call It What You Want is done from two points of view, Rob, whose Dad got caught embezzling funds from half of the town so Rob has gone from being one of the most popular guys in school to a complete social pariah. Then there’s Maegan who is a straight A student and has a secret as her sister has come home from college pregnant but her sister won’t tell her parents who the father is.
I found this one to be slow going for the first couple of chapters but then I really got into it that I struggled to put it down, it had me hooked! Meagan and Rob both come together when they are partnered up together for a calculus project however they’re both so guarded that they struggle to open up to one another. This book really shows how easy it is to misinterpret someones character, everyone always jumps to their on conclusions and then judge someone on that which is completely unfair. Rob gets judged for something that his own father did which he didn’t even know about and Meagan made one mistake during which she was under so much pressure.
I am definitely now a complete fan of Brigid Kemmerer, I’m looking forwards to the release of A Heart So Fierce and Broken and whatever else she releases in the future but for now I will catch up on her already released books! I highly recommend this one, I found it to be gripping and I liked the characters.