Call it What You Want
By Brigid Kemmerer
Published June 2019 by Bloomsbury YA
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?
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It’s official, Brigid Kemmerer is becoming an auto-buy author for me, which means I’ll be buying any and all of her books from here on out.
Call it What You Want is a YA Contemporary and though we do have some light-hearted romance in it, this book is not what I would consider a very light read. We have some pretty heavy topics in this book and I feel like they’re handled well.
Maegan is dealing with the aftermath of making a terrible choice at school that affected not only her, but approximately 100 other students. She went from having a lot of friends to being a social outcast, and I could feel her mood through the story about it. Her guilt was heavy.
Rob is dealing with fall out that isn’t even his doing, it’s his father’s. His father made some terrible choices and then attempted to commit suicide, but failed.
Both Rob and Maegan are outcasts at school, and while they’re both trying to navigate that, they’re also both dealing with issues and life at home.
Gosh, just typing this review is making me sad for them all over again.
This is one of those books that is so good, it’s hard to put down because I wanted to know what was going to happen. And there are some twists along the way that threw me and I can always appreciate that in a story.
I thought Rob and Maegan’s romance was sweet, although it obviously had some very rocky moments. I think their romance brought things to a lighter level than the heavier topics the book handled and I appreciated it.
Maegan’s sister was a great secondary character and she ended up becoming one of my favorites. She has her own story and I enjoyed watching her and Maegan grow and mature throughout this story.
Overall, Call it What You Want is a great YA contemporary and one I thoroughly enjoyed!