Call It What You Want Hardcover – Import, 25 June 2019
“Gripping, heartfelt, and layered.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“A heartfelt read.” ―Booklist
“Kemmerer has a knack for combining serious family drama with swoony romance.” ―BCCB
“Readers looking for a different sort of coming-of-age story or teen protagonists grappling with complex situations will fall in love with this romance-tinged novel.” ―Booklist, starred review, on MORE THAN WE CAN TELL
“A must-have for any YA collection. Give to teens who enjoyed A Boy Called It by Dave Pelzer or The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.” ―SLJ, starred review, on MORE THAN WE CAN TELL
“Family dysfunction, anxiety, and PTSD from long-term abuse are all believably conveyed. . . A timely, suspenseful, well-written page-turner with compelling main characters.” ―Kirkus Reviews on MORE THAN WE CAN TELL
“Readers will find it easy to fall into Rev and Emma's lives as romance hovers between them and they confront the violence of their past and present.” ―Publishers Weekly on MORE THAN WE CAN TELL
“The characters are well developed and . . . anticipation and curiosity build throughout.” ―School Library Connection on MORE THAN WE CAN TELL
“This book is going to fly off the shelves to all teens, but it will hold special interest for those looking for a tear-jerking romance and serious readers of realistic fiction.” ―VOYA on LETTERS TO THE LOST
“A great concept, delivered in a compulsively readable package . . . romance readers will stay up late to finish this very satisfying and heartfelt read.” ―Booklist on LETTERS TO THE LOST
“Explores the ideas of carving identity out of pain and the way perception colors expectations.” ―BCCB on LETTERS TO THE LOST
“Readers will find themselves rooting for the real Declan to win Juliet's heart the same way his online persona did. Consider this tale of modern star-crossed love as a first purchase for YA collections.” ―SLJ on LETTERS TO THE LOST
About the Author
Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author A Curse So Dark and Lonely, More Than We Can Tell, Letters to the Lost, and the Elementals series. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland.
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- Publisher : Bloomsbury YA (25 June 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1681198096
- ISBN-13 : 978-1681198095
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Item Weight : 476 g
- Dimensions : 14.86 x 3.47 x 21.62 cm
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By thebookie_girl on 11 November 2020
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Book Title: The book title is absolutely appropriate to the story.
Book Cover: The cover is absolutely adorable.
The story is how the once popular lacrosse player now a social pariah meets once an overachiever now labelled as a cheater when they're paired in a calculus project and find support and acceptance in the most unlikely place. The story is simple but packs a powerful punch and leaves you with so much thoughts to ponder over the several issues that an individual faces in real life.
Each of the characters who were placed in the book play some vital role in either addressing or representing the issues our society faces or they give you a dilemma that cannot have a black/white solution. This is so brilliantly done by the author that it actually leaves you to find your own answer. It's all about perspectives!
Rob is so vulnerable and inherently a good as well as a respectful guy. He has to sadly pay for the mistakes his family made. Then we have Meg whose mistake cost others so much harm that she is hated by everyone in the school. Because she's raised in a family of cops by the end of the story she also dawns to the realization that there are shades of gray in a decision making process.
I need to mention Owen and Conner as well as Mr. London the librarian because they too played a vital role in giving Rob the insights and helping him grow as an individual. The story also tackles topics of loneliness, suicide, parental abuse and neglect and racial discrimination. This book is hard hitting and is wrapped up with so many beautiful life lessons.
Overall, the story is heartfelt, makes you sob and has moral quandaries to navigate through but in the end you'll find that you're smiling while you feel the track of tears dried out on your cheeks.
Language and Vocabulary: 4/5
Final overall rating:4.25 /5
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So, this book, like her other books deal with lonely, tortured teenagers that have been dealt a bad set of cards. Rob has fallen off the social ladder when his father was caught embezzling funds from half the town, screwing everyone over and making Rob and his mom social pariahs in their community. Add to that, his dad's failed suicide attempt, which left Rob and his mom completely responsible for his care.
Then there's Meagan, who is your typical goodie-two-shoes, A-student, until stress and pressure of school get to her and she makes one huge mistake that gets a lot of people in trouble with her and she becomes disliked by many people.
When those two outcasts are paired together for a school project, Meagan feels nervous and honestly, is a bit judgmental and Rob, couldn't care less about Meagan, who she is or what she's done, but to Meagan's huge surprise, actually cares about getting good grades. This partnership soon turns into friendship as they both turn to each other to get away from their families, and that friendship quickly turns into something...more. A lot more.
So much more, that Meagan finds herself struggling with wrong and right. Especially since her dad is the cop that questioned Rob and his family when his dad was caught. There are so many deep layers to this story, so many wonderful moments, so many interesting plot lines that involve some of the secondary characters such as Meagan's sister, or Rob's ex-best friend Colin, or his new unlikely friend, Owen to name a few.
I loved the character development, I loved how things started to unfold, and I have to gloat a little and say that I totally called it! I totally called the real way this embezzlement case would play out and the people involved in it.
Another book I couldn't put down that gave me all the feels, butterflies in my stomach and shivers down my spine.
Rob has been left feeling alone and judged by his school friends for something his father has done.
Maegan is dealing with the aftermath of her cheating on a school test and issues at home.
The 2 are paired together for a school project and their issues bring them closer together but not without there share of problems.
This book was so heartfelt, dealing with alot of issues that happen at high school from bullying to rasicm. It kept me gripped that I just didn't want to put it down.
Can't wait for the next book.