Call It What You Want
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?

Call It What You Want Details

TitleCall It What You Want
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 25th, 2019
PublisherBloomsbury YA
ISBN-139781681198095
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Call It What You Want Review

  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    I am always impressed when authors are able to successfully alternate between genres. I have read A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY from this author not so long ago and it was an incredible fantasy. CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT is a contemporary romance devoid of any magic and curses, but it’s a gripping story nonetheless and proof that authors should be encouraged to explore multiple genres and topics. Sometimes they fail, but they still deserve points for trying. In her case, Brigid Kemmerer can write anyth I am always impressed when authors are able to successfully alternate between genres. I have read A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY from this author not so long ago and it was an incredible fantasy. CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT is a contemporary romance devoid of any magic and curses, but it’s a gripping story nonetheless and proof that authors should be encouraged to explore multiple genres and topics. Sometimes they fail, but they still deserve points for trying. In her case, Brigid Kemmerer can write anything and everything because she fully understands emotions, compassion and the concepts of intention, motivation and dedication. She manages to breathe that knowledge into her own characters so that they, too, can be three-dimensional human beings who have a purpose. This isn’t an easy story to read. It’s fast-paced, so technically the amazing reader in you could potentially finish it in one or two sittings, but personally I needed to take a couple of breaks here and there. It has been a while since I’ve read a YA book so heavy in content. I’m not new to conflict and tension or any topic that makes you feel anything but happy, but it’s rare for characters to face so many struggles in one story. Every single main and secondary character has something going on here. For instance, Rob needs to take care of his father who tried to commit suicide. He also needs to deal with his new status as an outcast and his former best friend placing a target on his back. He and his mom also face money problems. Then there’s Maegan who is caught between being the good girl and following her instincts that tell her to give Rob a chance and to help her sister who is pregnant and alone.I’m not sure I smiled once reading this but it was a very realistic, dramatic and overall captivating story. There are beautiful moments, of course, especially between Maegan and Rob and Maegan and her sister. The emphasis is less on the action, the plot, and more on what the characters are feeling and thinking about what happens in their lives at any given moment and what they themselves make happen. It’s slightly predictable but the characters managed to surprise me at times, too. I can’t wait for the author’s future release, whatever genre it may be. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    ...it is mine!!!!Thank you, Bloomsbury YA!!!!New Brigid Kemmerer in June 2019 This is not a drill people!Commence adding to your never-ending TBR lists. Trust me. You want this!
  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Edit: I was lucky enough to meet Brigid at a local singing!Many thanks to Bloomsbury for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    4,5 “moral choices” stars  “Other people don’t have the challenges we have, Owen. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have their own.”  This is my fourth Brigid Kemmerer’s book and to this day she has never disappointed me.What I like above all else is her knack to draw us into nuanced stories. Her characters always come in shades of grey with inner conflicts, moral choices to make. They are beautiful but flawed and have to grow up, become wiser.Brigid Kemmerer writes about real life!  In “Call I 4,5 “moral choices” stars  “Other people don’t have the challenges we have, Owen. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have their own.”  This is my fourth Brigid Kemmerer’s book and to this day she has never disappointed me.What I like above all else is her knack to draw us into nuanced stories. Her characters always come in shades of grey with inner conflicts, moral choices to make. They are beautiful but flawed and have to grow up, become wiser.Brigid Kemmerer writes about real life!  In “Call It What You Want” you’ll be asked what’s right and what’s wrong. Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons? If you do it to “right a wrong”?Robin Hood stole money from the wealthy to help poor people. We all see him as a hero. But at the end of the day he was still stealing! And if your parents have committed a crime are you guilty by association? Were there signs you did not see? Could you have prevented it? Does it fall on your shoulders to compensate the families who have been wronged? And does it make them bad parents? Are you still allowed to love them? To admire some of their facets? I am aware that I begin with the big guns here but truly that’s what this story does: make you wonder! Make you think!  Let’s roll back and get back to the plot now. The two protagonists are seen as pariah in their schools. Rob because his father embezzled millions from the town's people and Maegan because she cheated on her STAT forcing her classmates to retake the test again as all results were invalidated.No wonder none are Mr and Miss popular right now! Both have currently a hard family life. Rob because they became poor as the FBI seized everything to compensate people and because his father tried to kill himself but missed. He is now like a living plant inhabiting their house and forcing Rob and his mom to care for him. Brigid has a way to make us grasp her character’s reality! The opening lands you right in the middle of Rob’s current life: “I eat breakfast with my father every morning. Well, I eat. He sits in his wheelchair and stares in whichever direction Mom has pointed him. If I’m lucky, all his drool stays in his mouth. If he’s lucky, the sunlight doesn’t fall across his eyes.” Maegan because her sister is back home pregnant from college. She does not say who the father is and does not know if she should terminate the pregnancy or not. The atmosphere at home is heavy and Maegan can’t wait to escape for some hours and just breathe. They should never have shared the same air as Rob was a former lacrosse star and rich kid while Maegan was a nerd. Yet everything has changed now and they will be paired to work on a calculus project. They have to meet but at first their walls were all up!Rob because everyone is wondering if “he knew” making him an outcast. Maegan because everyone resents her and see her as a cheater. They both expect the other to share these preconceived views. Unexpectedly they will bond and share their secrets and feelings. I loved that their relationship did not feel “forced” but unraveled naturally. Both feel lonely and need someone to talk to. How the mighty have fallen as Rob would probably never paid attention to Maegan “before”! His downfall helped make him a better person. He was not a bully or bad but his predicament helped open his eyes to what is truly important in others. And that’s certainly not the size of their wallet. He got a huge dose of reality. Rob was the most conflicted of these main characters. I really admire how Brigid Kemmerer entered his mind making us walk in his shoes and feeling that huge pit of boiling emotions. He began as the virtuous boy in the beginning, being shunned by everyone when he had done nothing wrong. Then he made a bad choice. Then a second. And it grew exponentially making me grip my kindle and swearing. No Rob! Don’t do it! This is a very bad idea!You’d think being a mom he would have listened to me but noooo! He did his “thing” and I was really stressed and disappointed. Fearing the worse for him. It was like witnessing a car collision in the making. You want to prevent it yet you know you are too slow or too late. Powerless. Even if I wanted to stop Rob I could understand his reasoning. His motives. And that’s why I say Brigid Kemmerer is brilliant, making me empathize with him while reproving what he did. Maegan was a truly lovable heroine. Yes she had done a mistake. But one mistake does not define who you are or your whole future. She was burdened with many secrets. Others secrets. Stressed as she did not know what to do with them. Should she tell someone to help. Should she just keep her mouth shut because they were not her secrets? “As usual, I have more secrets in my head than I know what to do with.” Everyone knows some secrets are heavy to bear when they concern your loved ones and the only thing you’d like is help them. Mainly a character driven story, the plot is not to be underestimated as there is a twist to that story. Something not really hard to guess (I guessed and I am not the best at this game) that will add a layer of drama to the story. To sum it up: this is an excellent YA contemporary packed to the brim with moral choices, inner questioning, personal journey and supported by an engaging cast of flawed characters.  I would like to thank Bloomsbury Publishing for sending this book. You see I’ve become a huge Brigid Kemmerer’s fan since I’ve read “Letters to the Lost” and I already had pre-ordered “Call It What You Want” as soon as I heard it would be released. Yet as I am not known for my patience I dared contact the publisher to request a copy and I was really overjoyed when they so kindly agreed!And no, this does not affect my review as I’ve promised to always be honest in my opinion.YOU readers are the ones I feel a moral obligation to and I can say: JUST READ IT!  Let's chat! Do you like books with moral choices? Have you read Brigid Kemmerer's books? Thanks for reading! 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  • Hilly
    January 1, 1970
    My brain clicks, and for an instant, he’s not Rob Lachlan now, he’s Rob Lachlan from a year ago. We were from two different words once: popular boy and nerdy girl. We’re still from two different worlds: cop’s daughter and criminal’s son. I enjoyed some parts of this book but the rest was a bit boring. I probably would have dnfed it if I hadn’t received an arc via Netgalley, and I’m grateful because I would have missed so many good parts otherwise, but I’m also not. Can you see the dilemma?The m My brain clicks, and for an instant, he’s not Rob Lachlan now, he’s Rob Lachlan from a year ago. We were from two different words once: popular boy and nerdy girl. We’re still from two different worlds: cop’s daughter and criminal’s son. I enjoyed some parts of this book but the rest was a bit boring. I probably would have dnfed it if I hadn’t received an arc via Netgalley, and I’m grateful because I would have missed so many good parts otherwise, but I’m also not. Can you see the dilemma?The main problem was that this book was 100 pages too long, in my opinion. My interested literally went really up and really down throughout the whole thing, so I’m pretty sure this is a case of “it’s me, not you”.What I loved about this book is that it’s much more than a contemporary romance. The romance is a subplot instead of taking center part, while characters and difficult subjects are explored thoroughly.The book is told from Rob and Meagan’s points of views. At the beginning it felt like the povs were changing too quickly for me to get to really know both of them, but I got used to it a lot faster than I thought, and in the end I actually liked how dynamic the book was. It kinda saved the book for me.Both Rob and Meagan were interesting to read about. They were annoying at times too, but it was bearable. Rob had a lot on his plate, while Meagan really didn’t, so sometimes their narrative arcs felt unbalanced. Meagan was so convinced things were hard for her entire family, and yeah, it’s true, but look at what Rob has to go through? I’m sure he has it way worse.They start seeing each other because of a calculus homework, and they grow close too fast to be honest (also because calculus was almost never the reason they met), but their relationship was great. First of all, Rob talked freely with Meagan about their relationship. I don’t understand why YA characters are so fixated with waiting for the other one to text first the day after the first kiss, but here it didn’t happen.Second, Rob is so freaking sweet with Meagan and keeps asking for CONSENT. It’s not something you see very often. I loved it.However, they still acted a bit stupid sometimes, like when they go to a certain party in a certain person’s house (really??).Another thing I liked seeing was the sisterly bond between Meagan and Samantha. Samantha’s arc was a lot to take in, especially because of what she ends up doing, but the best part about it was how protective Meagan was with her and viceversa. The climax was well done and kept me turning the pages, but the twist before that was underwhelming as I had predicted it from the beginning.In the end I liked reading this book but I didn’t exactly enjoy it properly. However, if you want to read a contemporary that discusses money and teenage pregnancy in the right way, pick this one up. I wonder what it’s like to watch other kids hand over disposable cash when you’re condemned to eat cheese sandwiches every day.
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  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    I've only read A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer, but I think I'm starting to become a fan! I also saw her speak at a pannel last year and she seriously seems like such a funny and an incredibly down-to-earth person!Two character POVs. First we get Maegan, who I will admit I was frustrated with at times, but I genuinely did get the way she thought. She was brought up by a cop with a sister who was good at everything, of course the pressure would be on. But now we get to my baby boy, I've only read A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer, but I think I'm starting to become a fan! I also saw her speak at a pannel last year and she seriously seems like such a funny and an incredibly down-to-earth person!Two character POVs. First we get Maegan, who I will admit I was frustrated with at times, but I genuinely did get the way she thought. She was brought up by a cop with a sister who was good at everything, of course the pressure would be on. But now we get to my baby boy, Rob! Dear stars, I felt so bad for this boy. And I seriously loved him with all my crooked heart! He went through so much and I honestly got the choices and decisions he made. Nothing in books and real life is black and white. EVER! And I think the world needs to think about that sometimes. This book made me really think about the gray lines and the characters actions. I would think one way, but then think from the other angle. There was just so much in this book, emotion, swoon, friendship, enemies, forgiveness, beautifulness! I'm actually going to have to go backward and read some more of Kemmerer's books because I can't get enough!
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  • Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
    January 1, 1970
    **ARC sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**I won’t lie to you guys-I begged for this book. It wasn’t classy. It wasn’t dignified. And it was honestly a bit pathetic-but IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH IT. This book? It’s gold. I loved every minute of it. I was sitting in Tennessee, on vacation, and legitimately had zero time to read. My daughter has always been a peculiar sleeper, and the circumstances of our vacation led to my husband and I’s sanity to be tested. She’s turning two **ARC sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**I won’t lie to you guys-I begged for this book. It wasn’t classy. It wasn’t dignified. And it was honestly a bit pathetic-but IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH IT. This book? It’s gold. I loved every minute of it. I was sitting in Tennessee, on vacation, and legitimately had zero time to read. My daughter has always been a peculiar sleeper, and the circumstances of our vacation led to my husband and I’s sanity to be tested. She’s turning two this month-don’t make me cry-and really only began sleeping in her own crib every night in October. It was a miracle-I never have questioned it, and I refuse to look back. But, that being said, we have finally gotten used to sleeping alone again, and it’s glorious, to be honest. What’s not glorious? Sharing a bed with your now used-to-her-own-bed toddler. To say we got no sleep? Yeah. VASTLY downplayed. SO, seeing as I got a beautiful physical ARC (I took three physical ARCs, don’t know WHAT I was thinking) I was SOL when it came to speed reading at night as I’ve come accustomed to again. But, luckily, my saint of a husband offered to help her nap every day, and I got to read for two hours or so every day off and on, pending my family’s interruptions (there were aplenty)(and let’s be clear-he only offered this because it was MY family and who doesn’t need a break from in-laws lol he’s no saint. I lie). That being said-I picked this book up and DEVOURED IT in less than three days. Quite a feat, if you ask me, what with all the interruptions and no time to read! But that’s the power of a Kemmerer book-you know you’re in for a morally gray and addicting ride. I fell so hard for Rob, because how can you not fall for one of this woman’s main leading men? She creates the most tortured and lonely souls I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet, and I love what she did with his character. I literally had to question every motive, every move, every play-yet never wholly disagreed with what he did. That’s a true author-to make you wonder whether something is right or wrong, yet never telling you if it is or isn’t. In all honesty, he was wrong. Every time. But then you would hear his reasoning, see it through his eyes. Live it like he did-and I found myself saying [almost every time] I’d have done that. But that’s the ambiguity of it-It’s for you to decide, and she didn’t make it easy. Each character in this story has a difficult decision to face every day, and I loved reading about these confused and lost souls.Rob’s father screwed everyone in town over that invested with him, making Rob seem guilty by association since he interned there. Either way, he’s now a social pariah when he used to be the most popular guy in school (it sounds familiar, but it’s done oh so well!). And his home life? It’s terribly sad and without a doubt broke my heart every time he was home or talked/thought about it. Then we have Maegan. ‘Typical overachiever’ and now an outcast besides her best friend. Caught in a scandal and compromising other students in the process, she is deemed lowest of the low, just after one simple mistake when, before, she was simply dubbed a goody-two shoes.One mistake can change your whole life, the way you’re viewed, and can influence each new decision you have to make, and we get to see what the aftermath is like for both someone who made a one-time mistake that marred their chances of getting into ANY college when they were a shoe-in before, and someone who didn’t do anything wrong, nor know anything about it, yet pays the steady cost of betrayal every day, both at school and, more devastatingly, in his own home.I always love the star-crossed lover books where a popular guy is paired with an unpopular girl, or vice versa, on a project, so this was right up my alley. Except, here, we have two totally different social groups coming together…but they’re both now outcasts, and I loved the twist on that trope I love so much. And, even more than that, I love that Kemmerer could explore trust among two ‘wrongdoers’, along with betrayal, friendship, attraction-and standing up for what you believe to be right. I loved it. It’s all so convoluted and twisty and turny in the sense that Maegan doesn’t know what to think about Rob, whether he was involved or not, and where his morality is questioned as he finds himself turning into a modern day Robin Hood. The family relationships and friendships were handled well, in my opinion, and I even thought it was well rounded out…I’m never tough on these situations, though. So long as there is a conflict, characters fighting-both together and separately-to figure out a solution, a resolution to said conflict, and a general mending and moving forward of severed relationships in result to the conflict, I’m happy. And I don’t need the dwelling on it, either, which is where people get mad. They want to hear more, see more, expect more…but it’s YA and relationships are messy-especially with family-people are just too harsh. But to each their own.There was even a HUGE trigger issue in this book, for me, and it was handled as well and as authentically as I think it could be-that being said, I was satisfied. (view spoiler)[Had it went the other way, no matter how well-written, it would have been unforgivable, to me (hide spoiler)], thus, a trigger. Literally my only complaint but not really complaint? I wanted a LITTLE more in the epilogue. More HFN than HEA, but I loved it all the same.So, once again Kemmerer proves why I love her so dearly and makes me a loyal slave and follower. Don’t even question when this comes out if I’ll have it on my shelf-it’s already preordered. And you should do so, too. For more of my reviews, please visit:
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  • Azrah
    January 1, 1970
    26 Oct, 2018WE FINALLY HAVE A COVER!!! SHIT JUST GOT REAL. 29 Sept, 2018A NEW BRIGID KEMMERER YA CONTEMPORARY?? 2019 IS LOOKING GOOD!!
  • Kat | Rustic Pages
    January 1, 1970
    Call It What You Want is a heartfelt story about two teenagers struggling through a hard family life after being near isolated by their classmates. The author does a fantastic job of presenting hard topics and moral quandaries that demonstrate how the world is not black and white, but all shades of grey. The characters are forced into tough decisions that begs the age old question, is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons?This book showed how easy it is to misunderstand a person or Call It What You Want is a heartfelt story about two teenagers struggling through a hard family life after being near isolated by their classmates. The author does a fantastic job of presenting hard topics and moral quandaries that demonstrate how the world is not black and white, but all shades of grey. The characters are forced into tough decisions that begs the age old question, is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons?This book showed how easy it is to misunderstand a person or situation and how important it is to hear information straight from the source’s mouth before judging or jumping to conclusions. There are two sides to every story and things may not always be as they first appear. Lastly, it left me pondering two valuable reminders: we are not our parents and one mistake does not define us.This was my second book of Brigid Kemmerer’s, the first being A Curse so Dark and Lonely (review here) and I am happy to say they are both new favorites of mine. They blew me away and I am excited to read more by her!For more reviews: rusticpages.blog
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I blew through this in no time because - per usual - Brigid Kemmerer writes compelling situations, nuanced characters and really freaking adorable romances. If you're looking for a great contemporary, look no further.
  • Ashleyjayne
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed call it what you want by Brigid Kemmerer and was quick reading it within a couple of hours, the story and the characters i totally connected with and fell in love with them. i really enjoyed Rob and Maegans characters and there relationship throughout the book.rob is the sweet character that sucked me in and made me fall in love with him , he had his life ruined by his fathers mistakes, he lost hes friends and his popularity. Maegan is the girl that had her life ruined from one I really enjoyed call it what you want by Brigid Kemmerer and was quick reading it within a couple of hours, the story and the characters i totally connected with and fell in love with them. i really enjoyed Rob and Maegans characters and there relationship throughout the book.rob is the sweet character that sucked me in and made me fall in love with him , he had his life ruined by his fathers mistakes, he lost hes friends and his popularity. Maegan is the girl that had her life ruined from one mistake when she cheated on a test. as the two come together through a project and everything else going on throughout the story i couldn't help but keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. i found the story well written and fast paced.this is my first time reading from Bridget Kemmerer and i have to say it wont be the last ill definitely be checking more of her books out. i want to say thankyou to Bridget Kemmerer and bloomsbury publishing plc and netgalley for allowing me to read and review.My rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐Publication date ~ 27th June 2019Pubisher ~ Bloomsbury publishing
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  • Nadhira Satria
    January 1, 1970
    I NEED THIS AND I NEED THIS NOW
  • Alana • thebookishchick
    January 1, 1970
    If Brigid Kemmerer writes it, Alana reads it.That's just the way it goes.I don't make the rules. Thank you Bloomsbury for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review!Blog | Twitter | Instagram
  • ambsreads
    January 1, 1970
    3??? 4??? i cant decide which star rating to give it. it was enjoyable but the iffy talk about abortions made me kind of uncomfortable. full review to come.
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    RTC!
  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    IS THIS REAL!??!?!
  • Shehzeen Muzaffar
    January 1, 1970
    Because taylor swift? Anyone? No? Okay😂💁🏻♀ Because taylor swift? Anyone? No? Okay😂💁🏻‍♀️
  • maegan ✷
    January 1, 1970
    I'M READING THIS SOLELY BECAUSE THE MC IS NAMED MAEGAN.MAEGAN.LIKE, MY NAME. WITH THE RIGHT SPELLING AND ALL.
  • adina
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a honest reviewThis wasn’t what I expected but I loved it. I love morally grey characters and I have so much love for this. Rob goes from popular boy to loner when his father is caught stealing money from most of the towns families and then attempts suicide leaving Rob and his mother to look after him. Maegan is also on the outs after getting caught cheating on her SATS meaning all the classes tests were thrown out as well as hers I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a honest reviewThis wasn’t what I expected but I loved it. I love morally grey characters and I have so much love for this. Rob goes from popular boy to loner when his father is caught stealing money from most of the towns families and then attempts suicide leaving Rob and his mother to look after him. Maegan is also on the outs after getting caught cheating on her SATS meaning all the classes tests were thrown out as well as hers. Then her sister comes home pregnant bringing all the drama with her. So, it’s safe to say they’re both having a hard time at home. It’s a story about right and wrong and growing up, deciding what kind of people you should be. It was a really quick read, it was so easy to read and I just thought it was really cute and it wasn’t too perfect which I loved. Very certain that this is going to be everywhere when it comes out!!
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  • färbe mich rot
    January 1, 1970
    Am I going to add this to my TBR just because this has the name of a Taylor Swift song? Yes, of course! Why do you ask?
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    “Sometimes when we’re trying to protect the people closest to us, doing the right thing doesn’t always look so clear.”Rob Lachlan is paying for his father’s crimes. Mistakes and pain and responsibility fuel, push, and consume Rob’s life right now. His dad was caught embezzling. He stole from his community and friends—from people Rob see every day in school and around town. Everyone assumes Rob knew about what his dad was doing. So Rob went from king of the school to a loner no one wants to be se “Sometimes when we’re trying to protect the people closest to us, doing the right thing doesn’t always look so clear.”Rob Lachlan is paying for his father’s crimes. Mistakes and pain and responsibility fuel, push, and consume Rob’s life right now. His dad was caught embezzling. He stole from his community and friends—from people Rob see every day in school and around town. Everyone assumes Rob knew about what his dad was doing. So Rob went from king of the school to a loner no one wants to be seen with like that *snap*. Maegan’s social status has also taken a hit after getting caught cheating on her SATS. But what happens when two lost, reeling individuals connect? Maybe, just maybe Rob and Maegan can learn something from their mistakes and each other. If they can learn to trust each other that is.There are a lot of issues moving around this story. We have secrets, cheating, stealing, father-son relationships, suicide, pregnancy, best friends, new friends, and more. A LOT! But here’s the thing…I never felt like the story really dug in and examined any of the topics. Not enough anyway. I even felt like the story made some messages and issues blurry—like stealing. What was this book trying to say about stealing? For me, the story remained on the surface of most of the issues and characters. None of it hit my heart. Close at times--like Rob and Connor’s friendship. I so wanted more of those two. They had the potential to break my heart, but the way it all played out just didn’t deliver the gut punch. Same can be said for the complicated and sad relationship between Rob and his dad. Rob’s father tried to kill himself after the news of his crimes got out. Suicide is a big topic—one that needed more time and conversation about here. The end tried to wrap up everything too fast. I needed more time. We just heard about this or that. We didn’t see the emotion or feel it. Ms. Kemmerer tends to lean on tears to show the pressure her characters are dealing with in their lives. But I would have liked to have seen Rob’s struggle and emotion displayed in other ways as well.Which leads me to romance and friendships. Rob and Maegan….wellll…(view spoiler)[I think Rob had better chemistry with Maegan’s sister, Samantha. Haha…Now they were fun together. Samantha was a hoot! Her tantrums and attitude and mouth kept me on my toes. Rob and Maegan felt more like friends to me. (hide spoiler)] And Owen. He made a cute, no BS sidekick to Rob. Their friendship brought a lot of warmth and fun to the story. They helped each other get through the hard days.I know this probably sounds like a negative review, but Call It What You Want is a strong read with strong characters. I don’t have a problem putting a book aside if I’m struggling, but I never felt the urge to quit on this one. I wanted to know. Needed to know what happened with Rob, Connor, Maegan, Samantha, and Owen. Here’s hoping they all find happy endings. And I wouldn’t mind hearing more from Connor.Check it out from your local Library.**Quote taken from ARC**
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    *I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley & Bloomsbury for an advanced copy!This is only the second book I’ve read by Brigid Kemmerer- and I think I’m gonna have to read all her previous books because I loved this! Didn’t enjoy it quite as much as A Curse So Dark & Lonely but this contemporary is high up in those that I’ve actually liked! ”One choice doesn’t determine your whole future.” This handles some quite deep topics for a YA book and it was rea *I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley & Bloomsbury for an advanced copy!This is only the second book I’ve read by Brigid Kemmerer- and I think I’m gonna have to read all her previous books because I loved this! Didn’t enjoy it quite as much as A Curse So Dark & Lonely but this contemporary is high up in those that I’ve actually liked! ”One choice doesn’t determine your whole future.” This handles some quite deep topics for a YA book and it was really interesting to read from a perspective I hope I never experience (being Rob) and see what it would be like when everything falls down around you.This book was so fast to read & very enjoyable considering the covered topics - teenage pregnancy, attempted suicide, manipulation, physical abuse, bullying/social suicide, just to name a few. It’s definitely one to watch out for when it releases! I highly recommend this - it gave such a good perspective on what we might think is right in our lives isn’t necessarily right for someone else - nothing is black & white, it is complex & there’s so many things that impact our decisions, which truly all depends on the circumstances you’re in and what you’ve experienced.
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  • Jen Ryland
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this - RTC!Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram!
  • beth ✨
    January 1, 1970
    oh my god i got an arc——— not gonna lie I cried a little bit IM SO EXCITED
  • roha
    January 1, 1970
    YES QUEENNN
  • Kori (_livelaughread)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars — I basically read this book in one sitting and I’m happy to say that it lived up to my expectations. I love her other two YA contemporaries and this one was no different! Brigid writes such amazing character relationships and can really bring out all of the emotions. I’m a ball of feelings! My only complaint is that I think it could have used a few more pages at the end — it ended a bit too quickly for me.Thank you Bloomsbury for the ARC! Now I’m sad it’s another 4 months before I can 4.5 Stars — I basically read this book in one sitting and I’m happy to say that it lived up to my expectations. I love her other two YA contemporaries and this one was no different! Brigid writes such amazing character relationships and can really bring out all of the emotions. I’m a ball of feelings! My only complaint is that I think it could have used a few more pages at the end — it ended a bit too quickly for me.Thank you Bloomsbury for the ARC! Now I’m sad it’s another 4 months before I can flail about this to everyone.
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  • Dylan
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars.This definitely wasn't my favorite of her's, but i still really enjoyed it. More thoughts will be in my wrap up!
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Another fantastic contemporary by Brigid Kemmerer with complicated, broken characters navigating high school and life, past mistakes and rumors the best they can. Maegan and Rob grapple with so many intense questions in this book. I enjoyed their connection and just wanted to give them both a hug. I also adored the friendships in this story. Especially between Rob and Owen and Rob’s complicated relationship with former friend Connor. I do feel like everything came together so quickly at the end. Another fantastic contemporary by Brigid Kemmerer with complicated, broken characters navigating high school and life, past mistakes and rumors the best they can. Maegan and Rob grapple with so many intense questions in this book. I enjoyed their connection and just wanted to give them both a hug. I also adored the friendships in this story. Especially between Rob and Owen and Rob’s complicated relationship with former friend Connor. I do feel like everything came together so quickly at the end. I wanted a bit more there, but overall this was excellent.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    When it comes to Brigid Kemmerer books there are two things I've come to expect: Male characters I will love and lots of Angst. Call it What You Want delivered on both fronts and I was here for it. Full review to come.
  • Mel (Abookishaddiction)
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!
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