Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer | Book Review

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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 from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.

When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship . . .

In her compulsively readable storytelling, Brigid Kemmerer pens another captivating, heartfelt novel that asks the question: Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons?

Captivating is right. This book completely transfixed me from page one. I picked it up randomly one day when I went to the library. I sat down, and read the first chapter. Then the second. Then I knew I had to check it out and continue reading. And read it I did. I read it in maybe four days. Which is something that I haven’t done in a while. And when I finished it, I knew I had found my new favorite book.


There was so much emotion poured into this book. The characters went through so much throughout these pages, that I couldn’t put it down. I was invested in the characters, especially Maegan and Rob. I was rooting for them to get together by the end. Not only that, but they were literally put through hell, and grew so much by the end of the story. They felt so real, that when I finished the book, I forgot that they were only fictional characters in a book, not actual people.

The topics that this book tackled was also something that I loved about this book. The topics are a part of why the characters felt so real. They dealt with things that many teens can relate to, such as loneliness, feeling the burdens of your parents, the cost of a mistake, and what it means to be a true friend. I know I definitely related to those things.

Rob and Maegan’s relationship has its complications, but it is also sweet, kind and pure. The writing is smooth and highly readable. The friendships were so well done. Rob and Owen. So many feelings. The relationship between Maegan and her sister was not only dramatic, but also real because what siblings don’t fight but have each other’s backs in a heartbeat?

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Probably more than enjoyed. Absolutely adored. Loved. I would highly recommend this book if you like a contemporary that is hard-hitting and real.

Published by The Reading Addict

I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary. I also love to play video games and draw and watch movies and TV shows. And this is my safe space where I can gush about everything I love.

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