Title: Call It What You Want
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Genre: Contemporary, YA, romance, fiction
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Pages: 374 pages
Publication Date: 27th June 2019
My Rating: 5/5
From the author of the Zoella Book Club-pick Letters to the Lost comes another emotionally complex, romantic story about two teens struggling to unpick the grey area between right and wrong, perfect for fans of John Green and Jennifer Niven Rob had it all – friends, a near-guaranteed lacrosse scholarship to college and an amazing family – but all that changed when his dad was caught embezzling funds from half the town. Now he’s a social pariah. Maegan always does the right thing. But when her sister comes home from college pregnant, she’s caught between telling their parents the truth about the father and keeping her sister’s trust. When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a project, they form an unexpectedly deep connection. But Rob’s plan to fix his father’s damage could ruin more than their new friendship …
If it’s a Brigid Kemmerer book you’ve chosen, you know it’s going to be an amazing contemporary and this is no exception to this rule.
Maegan, an overachieving student, too scared of failing and being in her sister’s shadow cheats on her SAT and gets everyones results thrown out. Rob, a once popular lacrosse player, has been disgraced based entirely on his father’s actions and not his own. His father was caught embezzling funds from his clients but his school peers are convinced that he knew what was going on. When the pair are partnered together on a calculus project, though neither of them are particularly happy about it, an unlikely friendship begins.
The growth of the characters in the story is exceptional. Maegan and Rob begin to open up to one another and learn that their lives aren’t as black and white as the people in school would have them believe. Both have significant family problems and it makes them believable characters.
The story flows effortlessly and it’s got to be one of the best books I’ve read this year. Another amazing book by Brigid Kemmerer, she just doesn’t disappoint!
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1526605341/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3
US – https://www.amazon.com/Call-What-Want-Brigid-Kemmerer/dp/1681198096
US – https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/call-it-what-you-want-9781526605344/