Call It What You Want

Call It What You Want

by Brigid Kemmerer


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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 up the appearance of the "perfect" family might be too much for her to 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 . . .

In her compulsively readable storytelling, Brigid Kemmerer pens another captivating, heartfelt novel that asks the question: Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681198095
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 67,567
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author A Curse So Dark and Lonely, More Than We Can Tell, Letters to the Lost, and the Elementals series. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland.

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Call It What You Want 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
book_junkee 2 days ago
I am absolutely here for any contemps Brigid writes. I didn’t even read the synopsis of this one. I loved Maegan and Rob. They’re both struggling with secrets and I loved how they found a connection and a support in each other. There are a lot of characters here, but the standout for me was Owen. Plot wise, it was good. There are a lot of moving pieces here and while the main story line was interesting, I was a bit bored with everything else. I just wanted more of Maegan and Rob together. Overall, it was the characters that kept me reading. I was quickly invested in them and definitely wanted just a little bit more from the ending. **Huge thanks Bloomsbury for providing the arc free of charge**
Bookyogi 12 days ago
I will have to add Brigid Kemmerer as one of my autoread authors. I have now read this and A Curse So Dark and Lovely and really like them both. She is able to write in different genres and in each, especially her male characters, are so 3 dimensional, you can’t help but feel like you know them. In Call It What You Want, Rob falls from grace as popular lacrosse player when his dad is caught embezzling money from several families in the town and worse, his dad’s failed suicide attempt leaves him in a vegetative state. Maegan is just slightly better off as a fallen overachieving student after being caught cheating on the SAT, oh, and her sister is pregnant at 18. Things go from bad to worse, and you would think the story is just too depressing, but it’s not. It is so full of hope and goodness prevails in the most unlikely places.
Anonymous 17 days ago
This book felt very familiar to others written by this author each chapter changing point of view between two characters a male and a female that end up together. The classic formula of this book works just as well as all the others. It is enjoyable to see each character develop and work through their emotional issues and personal struggles. They story of each character is not initially apparent and is parceled out slowly and as a reader this makes it difficult to put the book down. I especially liked the dynamic between Maegan and her sister, Samantha. How they were able to support, stand up for and learn from each other. I read this book prepublication from NetGalley and Bloomsbury. Thank you to them!
Take_Me_AwayPH 18 days ago
Brigid Kemmerer is quickly becoming one of those authors where I know it doesn't matter which book I read by her, I know I'll enjoy it. This one was definitely more intense than the others I've read by her, but still so, so good. Both Maegan and Rob feel like outcasts. Nothing really been easy for them lately due to various things. But once they are paired together for a school project, they hang on to the only things that can keep them afloat: each other. Being friends make them question whether they should try to right some wrongs by doing even more wrongs... Usually when I go through all different emotions when reading it means I love them. The same is also true for this one. At times it did get a little too intense for my taste at some points, like to where I had to set the book down before continuing. Pair that with someone who already has anxiety, it kind of took a toll on my nerves, but I was able to finish it. I know this seems weird for me since I usually love books that are about tough stuff, but there was just too much tough stuff going on in this one. As for the romance, I really enjoyed it. I'm not a huge fan of books that have a slow burn and then don't let them be together in the book at all. I'm also not a fan of insta-love. I like a healthy balance of a slow burn and seeing them actually BE together. It may sound confusing, but sometimes authors get it right. And in this one, Kemmerer did. (Yeah, yeah they were supposed to be friends, but if you believe that, then... yeah...) I really liked the characters too. I know they would have hated it, but I felt so sorry for them. I wanted so badly to reach into the book and let them know that they were going to be ok. And as for the person who ended up being there for Rob, I loved that it was them. I won't say who for fear of spoilers, but let's just say, we do indeed have super powers. As for the plot, it moved so quickly. I can honestly say I spent most of this book with my heart racing hoping that nothing happened. At some points I remember hoping for a lull, but I spent most of this book on edge. It was a phenomenal book, but it was just too much sometimes. This book had everything I normally love in a contemp, but at some times it felt like too much. This book is really intense, but definitely something that all contemporary romance fans will want to read. If this is you, don't miss out!
Becka 18 days ago
Thanks go to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Call It What You Want is the second book I’ve read by Brigid Kemmerer. While it is vastly different from her book, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, I loved it just as much. My favorite thing about this book is the way that Kemmerer’s characters have to navigate choices that aren’t black and white. Some are their own choices, and some are the choices made by those around them. Portraying characters facing tough choices and navigating their way through all the shades of gray in what it means to “do the right thing” is such a valuable find in YA literature. I also appreciated the way the pregnancy issue was handled. Kemmerer is fast becoming on of my favorite authors!
bayy245 23 days ago
This book sucked me in from the introduction of our MCs and had me racing to finish. Call It What You Want takes a normal romance and turns it upside down. This was nothing that I expected in all the best ways. The characters in this novel are amazing and each one has a specific purpose. We see two teens reeling with the consequences of what they've done or what people think they've done. I loved the exploration of life after a big mistake because a mistake doesn't define your life. We get to see these characters mess up and mess up again but the most important part is how they use what they've learned to be better versions of themselves. The only thing I didn't really like was Maegan forgiving someone who was horrible to her throughout the book and the end. Maybe I'm more of a grudge holder than Maegan but I certainly would no longer have someone like that in my life. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bloomsbury YA through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*
ElizabethCEC 23 days ago
Like many other fellow bloggers are saying, Brigid Kemmerer is quickly becoming an auto buy author for me. A Curse So Dark and Lonely was the first book I ever read by her and now I need to read Letters to the Lost or whatever that first one is. I just found out my Nook has that e-book!! :D Anyway, for some reason I wasn't sure how I'd feel about this book because some authors can't write different genres, buuuuuuuut Bridgid Kemmerer definitely can! I was just as captivated with this book as I was with ACSDAL. I loved all of the characters, though Rob was the one who sucked me in the most. I just really felt for his character and there were definitely soooooooooo many emotions with this book. I still didn't cry, I did react to different parts. I kept saying, oh no! No, don't do that!! And I just wanted to hug the characters, but I could only hug my e-reader and since I was reading during breaks most of the time, that would have looked quite weird if my co-workers saw me hugging my e-reader. They just went through so much and I loved the character development in this book. I loved how the sisters stuck together. This was a five star read and I will definitely be looking forward to anything Brigid Kemmerer writes. She's the queen of writing. I will never again question that. I whole heartedly recommend this book. It's definitely good for any time of the year. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book from Netgalley. This has no impact on my thoughts. My thoughts are my own. Thank you for giving me the chance to read this book, it is one of my favorites for this year.
kozbisa 24 days ago
Rating: 4.5 Stars Both Maegan and Rob were social outcasts. Rob, because his father stole from members of their community, and Maegan, because she cheated on the SAT. The two were paired together for a calculus project, and this led to friendship and more, as they sound solace and support from one another amid their family drama. I am just so in love with Kemmerer's contemporary novels. Once again, she has gifted me with a story packed with great characters and feels. There are way too many things I loved about this book, so I am going to talk about five things I loved in Call It What You Want. 1. The characters in this book were all so wonderfully complicated and flawed. I found myself simultaneously frustrated and proud of them. Regardless of the highs and lows I experienced with them, I always cared, and I was amazed by their resilience and personal growth. 2. Rob, my dear heart, Rob. Both characters were dealing with some major fallout, but Rob's story was much more painful for me than Maegan's. He lost everything. He was paying for crimes he didn't commit, AND he had to care for the person, who caused all these problems. My heart broke over and over again for him. 3. I love a good unlikely friendship and was treated to several in this book. Rob and Maegan were an odd enough pairing, but the friendship between Rob and Owen, one of his dad's victims, was a favorite of mine, and it fit really well with some of the other themes featured in the book. I also adored the bond that formed and grew between Meagan and her sister. It was wonderful seeing them be there for one another, and they made quite a formidable team. 4. From super complex family dynamics to the exploration of morally grey areas, Kemmerer dug in, and really did a fantastic job conveying her characters' struggles with various issues and situations. All the topics were approached thoughtfully, and I have to admit, her treatment of the various issues packed quite an emotional punch. 5. I am known for being super greedy and super needy when it comes to endings. That said, I have nothing, but high praise for the ending of this book. It was amazing, how well Kemmerer tied up those loose ends. Some parts were sad, while others were wonderful, and ALL were resolved to some extent. I adore reading Kemmerer's books and getting to write fangirl reviews, because she consistently produces stories that are heartbreaking and thought provoking, while also be heartwarming, sweet, and endearing. Here, she gave us a wonderful story packed with friendship, family, romance, atonement, and forgiveness.