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Call It What You Want

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,121 ratings  ·  386 reviews
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 fr
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Bloomsbury YA
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Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it

Rob, a once super popular lacrosse player, has fallen from grace but not on account of his own actions. His father, the local financial planner, was caught red-handed swindling from clients and everyone suspects that Rob knew. Although he did intern at his father's office, he swears he had no idea what was going on.

As everything begins to be taken from his family, his father attempts suicide, leaving him in a state where he requires 24-hour care. Now a social pariah, Rob finds himse
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 ...more
Jun 25, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Rob and Maegan's story is out in the world today, friends! The idea for this book started when I said to myself, "What if I took Robin Hood ... and put him in a modern day high school?" I hope you love the story, and I can't wait to hear what you think. Thank you all so much for being a part of my dream.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I’m gonna need Brigid Kemmerer to never stop writing her contemporaries. Her stories fill my soul right up.

They’re always so intense, so heart-aching, with such wonderfully flawed and beautiful characters that are alive on those pages.
She has a knack for writing stories that centre around broken teens coming from broken homes and having the readers follow them on their journey.
What I like is that by the end of it, these characters aren’t healed. But they are on their way to carving the
i did not succeed.

review to come


me attempting to enjoy a Brigid Kemmerer book, take three. and......action

(mucho thanks to Bloomsbury for the ARC)
I just-
I just need more Kemmerer in my life okay 😭😭😭😭
Review to come.

Buddy read with my fellow Kemmerer crack addict 🌸


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29 Sept, 2018
Alana • thebookishchick
"But sometimes I think everyone needs to take a long look in the mirror before they go main an issue about someone else's life."

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

tw: suicide attempt, talk of abortion, bullying

Hands down, this is my favorite Brigid Kemmerer book so far! Her contemporary novels feed my soul every damn time. And I should have known that this would be the cure to my reading slump, considering I was hooked on this story by page five. Kemmerer has a way with words that makes her books almost impossi
may ❀
book #6 for summerathon, under the challenge of: "a beachy read"

brigid kemmerer knew that i hadn't cried from a book in a while and she was like 'lol bish just wait till you see what i have planned for you'

can anyone else write sad, soft, emo boys like her?? the only correct answer is no


also this is a buddy read with my little bird
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
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
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
**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
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, arcs
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
Candace Robinson
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,
Sophie Elaina
Call It What You Want is the fourth book that I've read from Brigid Kemmerer. I first fell in love with her writing style in Letters To The Lost. That was the first contemporary that I honestly thoroughly enjoyed but, before that the contemporary genre was a mystery to me. And since then I've vowed to pick up everyone of her new releases and she has done me no wrong so far, this book being no exception to that. Kemmerer just knows how to suck you in and make you care for her characters so much t ...more
Kat | Rustic Pages
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Also, I'm crying. I don't know if it's a happy cry or sad cry, but I am crying.

I'll probably write a review when the level of my adrenaline has lowered and I'm not sobbing like a crazy anymore.


My best friend gave me this book as a birthday present and I asked her out of curiosity why this book in particular (because it was already in my tbr but I never told her about it) so she said: ''Easy, I know your favorite genre is young ad
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
4.5 Stars!

Kemmerer won me over years ago with her Elemental series and with each new book, regardless of the genre, she continues to wow me. With her fleshed out characters, stand out story lines and heartfelt messages, she is an author I count on to give me a good story that is every bit as irresistible as it is hard to put down once started.

I adored this book. So different from what I was expecting. So much more heart. So many emotions that so many people, regardless of being in the same shoe
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, arc
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.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, tbr-pile
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
Shehzeen Muzaffar
Jan 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
Because taylor swift? Anyone? No? Okay😂💁🏻♀ ...more
Brigid Kemmerer is the only contemporary author that I trust wholly and completely. And I would lay my life down for her characters. pressure.
Joshee Kun (조수아)
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you, Bloomsbury, for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

We were from two different worlds once: popular boy and nerdy girl. We're still from two different worlds: cop's daughter and criminal's son.

Brigid Kemmerer has officially become one of my beloved authors. I've read three of her books (A Curse So Dark and Lonely is my favorite so far), and none of them received less than four stars. Strangely, even though her contemporary novels have serious or melancholic
maram ☂︎
summerathon day 7:-
challenge 6: drink your favorite summery drink while reading

buddy read with my lil chef
Jaime Arkin
Devoured this in just a few hours!! I could not stop reading!!
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jen Ryland
From my review: "Often I complain when YA books throw in too many issues, and this one did have a lot: academic cheating, teen pregnancy, suicide, student-teacher romance, class differences and poverty - there may be even more that I'm not thinking of...."

What did I think of the way the book juggled these? Check out my review on Jen Ryland Reviews

Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!

Read more of my reviews on! Check out my Bookstagram!
Nadhira Satria
Jan 04, 2019 marked it as to-read
Patty (IheartYA)
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Only Kemmerer can keep me up until 1am. Her books make me feel like a giddy teenager with a new boyfriend. She's a genius, I tell you, a genius. She pulls off contemporary and fantasy like no other.

I didn't pay attention to the page numbers, a rare occurrence for me. I adore the writing style and as usual the character development, pacing and world building. I feel like I'm a character in the story. I'm so excited for A Heart So Fierce and Broken, and her new fantasy series coming out next year
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
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.

maegan ✷
Jan 18, 2019 marked it as to-read


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Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author of dark and alluring Young Adult novels like A Curse So Dark and Lonely, More Than We Can Tell, and Letters to the Lost (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA stories like The Elemental Series and Thicker Than Water (Kensington). A full time writer, Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her husband, her boys, her dog, and her cat. When she ...more
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