Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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?
Umm… if you want to read this book, I would like you to grab some tissues first because you are going to cry your eyes out.
I was super excited to read Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer. I have read two of her books before, and I had adored them. Letters to the Lost is one of my favorite books of this year so far, and I had equally loved More Than We Can Tell. So, when I had read CIWYW’s blurb for the first time, I was like, “this is my kind of book.” And it actually was my kind of book.
It’s about two high school-goers, Rob and Maegan, who are social pariahs. Rob’s father tried to kill himself after stealing money from people, and Maegan cheated on the SATs that led to students retake the exam. Rob and Maegan come to know each other after they are made to do a math project together. That’s when the love blossoms.
Okay, this book is sad. It’s a love story. But yeah, it’s sad. And I love sad books (even though they hurt me– I know I shouldn’t do that to myself). It actually deals with a lot of heavy topics, including embezzlement, academic cheating, teenage pregnancy, and abortion. Also, I loved reading about family dynamics more than I loved the love story that blooms between the two main protagonists. But I’d say that this book is pretty balanced and interesting.
I loved the two main characters and some secondary characters. Rob and Maegan are pretty lovable. I loved Maegan more than I loved Rob, and I really wanted to know more of her story. My favorite secondary character was Mr. London, who is the school librarian. He is sweet and compassionate and totally huggable.
I also liked the ending — who doesn’t like happy endings?–but I guess I wanted to read more of this story. I think I’m going to read other books by this author this year.
If you love reading young adult romances that deal with some important and heavy subjects, go for this one. It’s gonna be good value for money!
Overall, this book was pretty good. It was interesting and tear-jerking, and I guess it is one of my favorite reads of this year.
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