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Call It What You Want

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  11,807 ratings  ·  2,033 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
Shelves: arcs-read
Rob, a once-popular high school lacrosse player, has fallen from grace, but not because of anything HE did.

His father, a local Financial Planner, was caught red-handed swindling from clients. Everyone in town mistakenly believes that Rob knew.

Even though he interned at his father's office, Rob swears he had no knowledge of the illegal activities.

As everything is taken from his family, Rob's father attempts suicide, leaving him in a partially vegetative state.

As if this weren't bad enough, Rob
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
the other day, i took a break from reading this to go run some errands. and as i was in the produce section, looking at the bananas, all i could think was 'maegan and rob better live happily ever after or, so help me, someone will hear about it.' if a book that prompts that kind of angst doesnt deserve five stars, then i dont know what does.

i think this story tackles really important topics for teens, such as loneliness, taking on/feeling the burdens of your parents, the cost of a mistake, and
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. ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five million, billion, gazillion oh who counts I already ordered the entire milky way from my Amazon account to send directly to the publishing company and changed the name of it as “Brigid’s way”

The book is named “Call It What You Want”

I called it: “Unique”, “emotionally overwhelming”, “heart wrenching”, “provoking”, “strong”, “powerful” , “realistic” , “dysfunctional” , “raging”, “sad” , “wake-up call” , “depressive”, “questioning”, “tearful”, “challenging” and finally “so much beautiful”

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
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Edit: I was lucky enough to meet Brigid at a local singing!

⬆ aww look at me being an awkward sausage

Many thanks to Bloomsbury for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

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I do not want to review this all that much, so I am going to treat myself to writing a couple sentences and moving ON. Positive vibes ONLY. Negative reviews are so YESTERDAY.

(Just kidding. Can you imagine? I’d have to just...stop writing reviews altogether. And we all know I’m addicted to the fame and fortune.)

If you want more of me writing about a Brigid Kemmerer book I did not care for, you can read this. Or this.

We’re not on awesome terms, to be honest.

I thought these characters were so inco
✨ A ✨
“I’m not lost. I want to do the right thing.”

“Most of us do,” she says ruefully. “The problem is that it doesn’t always look the same for all of us”

My love for Brigid Kemmerer grows and grows with every book of hers that I read. Her books are addictive and her characters are precious ✨

This book was basically like a modern day retelling of Robin Hood. A big theme of this story was ‘what is right and wrong’. And it was something that I haven't read about for a long time in YA.

“You don’t get t
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars

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Brigid Kemmerer is quickly becoming one of my favorite YA authors. Her books have important and powerful story-lines and give me so many feels. Call It What You Want is a book about two characters are seniors in high school and both have had a life changing experience.

Maegan made a mistake and it's followed her around ever since. Not only that, she's carrying around a secret of her sisters. Rob's father got caught doing something illegal and he's carried that stain ever since, along
Charlotte May
Brigid Kemmerer’s books always look so cute on the outside but always manage to pull my heart out! 💖

“One choice doesn’t determine your whole future.”

Not quite up there with Letters to the Lost, but just as wholesome and full of feeling as I could have asked for 😊

Rob is a social pariah. After his dad was found embezzling money - most of which came from his neighbours savings, he tries to kill himself. Rob and his mum are left dealing with the aftermath, where no one will speak to him at school
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

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
alana ♡
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"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
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
L A i N E Y
”My life has collapsed to the point where a ninety-nine-cent cup of coffee with a stranger is meaningful.”

I have never read a novel with a more appropriate title. Because I can’t tell you why or how, if you ask me, but I am really impressed by this book...

So call it what you want, this gets five stars from me.

Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, contemporary
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?
Chelsea ✨Arielle’s Nebular Ally and Team Acrux✨
**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
Shehzeen Muzaffar
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel like she is one of those authors that never disappoints and I absolutely love her books. I dont love comtemporary that much but her book always always makes me swoon and smile and happy. Call it what you want was really really good. And i was praying to book Gods to give Rob and Magean a happy ending!!!

Because taylor swift? Anyone? No? Okay😂💁🏻‍♀️
Shaun Hutchinson
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SO FREAKING GOOD. Brigid writes with so much heart, and I just love every single book she writes.
Cindy ✩☽♔
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brilliant! I love contemporary books that make me question why I don’t read more contemporary.

She succeeds at fantasy, and she success at contemporary. Bridgett might be my new auto-add author. I’m definitely gonna check out her other contemporary works soon while I wait for the sequel to A Curse So Dark and Lonely.
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
Susan's Reviews
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maegen and Rob are outcasts: Maegan cheated on her SATS and Rob's father defrauded almost the entire town of their life savings through a fraudulent investment scheme.

They've banished themselves to the fringes of high school society, keeping a low profile and counting the days to the end of the school year. Things only get more complicated when Maegan's sister Samantha returns home from college, pregnant and emotionally out of control. The story starts to build with tension, with each new layer
Aj the Ravenous Reader
It's been a long while since I last read a contemporary YA that really gripped me from start to finish. My faith for the genre is renewed.

The dialogue is natural, the banter so funny, the characters so real, and the story so relevant. I wouldn't delve into the plot because it also kind of involves a little mystery but I highly recommend this.

It's the book that helped me get through the first week since I lost my Dad so for that alone, this novel already means everything to me.
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
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: arc, 2019
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.
Brigid Kemmerer is the only contemporary author that I trust wholly and completely. And I would lay my life down for her characters. So...no pressure.
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I was over YA Contemporary but this wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be. ...more
R.F. Gammon
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
What is it about these books that I just don't get?

Everyone LOVES Kemmerer's contemporaries. Everyone. I mean, I feel like every single review on this book is 4 or 5 stars. Same for Letters to the Lost and More than We Can Tell. But for some reason...they're well-written, they're well-paced, they've got interesting characters, but there's something MISSING, at least for me.

Let's talk about one thing I'm picking up on in these books: The formula. See, I don't know if anyone else notices it? But K

Call It What You Want hasn't even been on my TBR for a year and I was so freaking excited to dive into it this month. Oh lord, I needed something cute and fluffy from all the super depressing books I've been reading lately. In it, you will meet Maegan and Rob.

Long story short, they are suffering in their sad little lives. She is an overachiever who ends up cheating on her SATS. It also doesn't help that she's constantly in her sisters shadow either (tell me about i
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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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