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Call It What You Want

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  337 ratings  ·  202 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 fro
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Expected publication: June 27th 2019 by Bloomsbury YA (first published June 25th 2019)
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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. He did work as an intern at his father's office but swears he had no clue what was happening.

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 hi
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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,
Sep 29, 2018 marked it as crushing-that-tbr-2019  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-release
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29 Sept, 2018
Kat | Rustic Pages
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-pile, netgalley
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
Nadhira Satria
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
Jaime Arkin
Devoured this in just a few hours!! I could not stop reading!!
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!

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Shehzeen Muzaffar
Because taylor swift? Anyone? No? Okay😂💁🏻♀ ...more
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.
Joshee Kun (조수아)
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
Jun 24, 2018 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review

This wasn’t what I expected but I loved it. I love morally grey characters and I have so much love for this.

Rob goes from popular boy to loner when his father is caught stealing money from most of the towns families and then attempts suicide leaving Rob and his mother to look after him. Maegan is also on the outs after getting caught cheating on her SATS meaning all the classes tests were thrown out as well as hers
färbe mich rot
Am I going to add this to my TBR just because this has the name of a Taylor Swift song? Yes, of course! Why do you ask?
Christina ☾
3.5 stars
Thank you NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I loved Letters to the Lost and More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer, so when I saw she had a new YA book coming out, I jumped at the chance to read it.
I read the first half yesterday and the second half today. When I read Letters to the Lost, I could not put the book down. I started it, went to sleep, and woke up to finish it. However, I didn't feel that same lust for Call It What You Want.

This book is bas
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

“Sometimes when we’re trying to protect the people closest to us, doing the right thing doesn’t always look so clear.”

Rob Lachlan is paying for his father’s crimes. Mistakes and pain and responsibility fuel, push, and consume Rob’s life right now. His dad was caught embezzling. He stole from his community and friends—from people Rob see every day in school and around town. Everyone assumes Rob knew about what his dad was doing. So Rob went from king of the school to a loner no one wants to be se
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-arc
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley & Bloomsbury for an advanced copy!

This is only the second book I’ve read by Brigid Kemmerer- and I think I’m gonna have to read all her previous books because I loved this! Didn’t enjoy it quite as much as A Curse So Dark & Lonely but this contemporary is high up in those that I’ve actually liked!

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

This handles some quite deep topics for a YA book and it was rea
Nina-Tala (JustAddAWord) Shannak
This is my third Brigid Kemmerer book, and I think it might be favorite of hers EVER so far.

This ticked soooo many boxes for me.

What jumps out from page one is voice. Definitely. It is so insanely hard to keep dual 1st POV straight, but here? You’re instantly sucked into the story and feel like you fully know Maegan and Rob, inside and out, by the time you finish their first chapters. Their voices are so distinct (from each other), and so unique (on the macro scale of YA and beyond). It makes
beth ✨
oh my god i got an arc——— not gonna lie I cried a little bit IM SO EXCITED
Jun 30, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Brigid Kemmerer is the author of dark, contemporary Young Adult romances like MORE THAN WE CAN TELL and LETTERS TO THE LOST (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA novels like THE ELEMENTAL SERIES and THICKER THAN WATER (Kensington). Her next book will be her first foray into YA Fantasy, with A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY, available January 2019 wherever books are sold. Brigid lives in the Baltimore a ...more