Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

Monday, July 1, 2019


by Brigid Kemmerer
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: June 25th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

Brigid Kemmerer has really been shining with her books. I'm so pleased she's getting all the praise, hype, and book deals she deserves. Call It What You Want is another excellent read from her. In fact, she only seems to be getting better with every new release!

As with Letters to the Lost and More Than We Can Tell, this book is intense and emotional and tells the story of two broken characters who find comfort in each other. Both of these kids are dealing with a lot and it's hard to stomach at first, but they come out of their situations much stronger than before. Maegan has always been the good girl who has done well in school. Unfortunately, she makes a costly mistake under the pressure of trying to be good. Now, she has got a reputation at school for being a cheater and the only people talk to her are her friend Rachel and his boyfriend, Drew. Her situation at home is not any better. With her sister pregnant, tensions are high. Rob's situation was even bleaker. His father was caught in the midst of an embezzlement case and attempts to commit suicide. Now, his family is shunned, his father is uncommunicative and has to be fed through a tube, and Rob has been labeled a thief. Both Rob and Maegan were really well-written. They are not perfect in any way and Kemmerer makes you feel and sympathize for them every step of the way. I love reading about flawed characters and this author writes them brilliantly. Even when they are on the verge of making huge mistakes, you can't help but root for them.

Rob and Maegan are forced to interact with each other when they are paired on a calculus project. It takes them a while to warm up to each other, but eventually, they find a kinship with each other. They open to each other and the relationship that grows is a really sweet and heartwarming one. I was glad that they had each other. Call It What You Want was also packed with complex family dynamics. Maegan's relationship with her sister was especially well done. Even when her sister was being kinda mean on her pregnancy brain, she listened to her sister and provided a shoulder for her to cry on. We also have some great friendships in this book. Rob finds a good friend in Owen and Brigid Kemmerer also explores his shaky friendship with Connor, his childhood best friend. No relationship was straightforward in Call It What You Want. My complaint would be that I would have liked for an epilogue. I felt like the book ended on an abrupt note.

Call It What You Want is another excellent contemporary novel from Brigid Kemmerer that will hit you with all the feels. If you loved Letters to the Lost or More Than We Can Tell, this book will be right up your alley.

Are you a fan of Brigid Kemmerer's books? Do you prefer her contemporaries or fantasies?
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