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Call It What You Want Hardcover – 25 June 2019

4.5 out of 5 stars 335 ratings

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“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.
www.brigidkemmerer.com
@BrigidKemmerer

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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
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335 ratings

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Reviewed in India on 26 June 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
By Sana(_sanablogs) on 26 June 2021
Call it what you want is a story of two teens Rob and Maegan who are socially rejected. Rob's dad was caught embezzling funds from half the town. Rob worked as an intern where his father was working. But he was unaware that his father was stealing money from his clients resulting all the money and property were seized by the police. His father attempts suicide leaving Rob and his mother to look after him. Once he was a popular guy now a loner who lost everything his friends, his status, even his family.

Now, We have Maegan who was a typical overachiever. She cheated in her SAT exam. She was blamed for the cancellation of exam. Things get more complicated when her sister comes home pregnant from college. They both were dealing with tensions in parent-child relationship.

They both judged, rejected, disliked by the society and their class fellows.
Both Rob and Maegan got partnered for a calculus project. They were awkward with each other in the beginning, but in a very short time they became very good friends. And you will read about the friendship of two flawed characters throughout the story.

I loved Rob so much. I was quickly connected with the Rob's story. He was so depressed and suffocated. I was deeply touched by his thoughts. I know cheating can never be justified but Rob was judged for his father's mistakes. Maegen did a mistake but it's not something that defines her. Most of the time people judged the situation without knowing the whole story. It's very important to hold off until you know the facts.

Dark plot with an incredible twist. This was such a good read, I couldn't put it down. There was sadness, harsh truths of society, friendship and all written with a very fine hand and was very satisfying. I enjoyed this book immensely and I highly recommend it!
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Reviewed in India on 15 June 2021
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Heartwarming Story
By paperbacktomes on 15 June 2021
I went into this one expecting a YA romance, but what I read was far more angsty than I expected. I wouldn’t call this as a romance novel, but a YA fiction because it focused more on Rob and Maegan’s family and peer issues. Maegan’s relationship with her sister reminded me of Hani and Nikhita from Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating. I liked how she stood up for Samantha when was almost on the verge of breaking down in public. She took her out when she needed to escape their parents questions and sat with her when she need someone besides her. Rob and Maegan were so similar in many ways. Their late night homework sessions were filled with coffee and family talks. The amount of regret these two carried was almost palpable. In a nutshell, Call It What You Want is a story of two teens trying to learn from their mistakes and finding love and hope in a world filled with guilt and regrets.
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Reviewed in India on 6 July 2021
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really, call it what you want!
By Ananya Canakapalli on 6 July 2021
This one is a beautiful contemporary novel which is based on struggles in life and how the characters overcome them. An array of emotions like friendship, romance, loss and a lot other things are drawn out.

Well, at first glance, I thought it was a pure romance book but no, it's not. It's better than that because it focuses on a plot.

I really, really liked the author's writing. It was modern, quick and to the point. Her writing made this a fast-paced read.

And how beautiful the cover is, wow!
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Reviewed in India on 21 March 2020
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Reviewed in India on 5 November 2019
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Reviewed in India on 28 April 2021
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommendable
By Archi on 28 April 2021
I really loved the complications and different perspectives of the story and it was so easy to get what the author wants to convey. Ofcouse it was a happy ending but to be honest the ending felt kind of a rush. The climax was amazing but the way things turned out it seemed unrealistic and way too easy. 4 stars just because of the ending felt rushed and unrealistic
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Reviewed in India on 4 February 2020
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2.0 out of 5 stars Damaged product.
By thebookie_girl on 11 November 2020
The pages and cover page is of good quality but maybe due to the careless packaging the products was damaged. 2 ⭐ because the cover page was torn
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Suad
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Brigid Kemmerer!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 July 2019
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J Hobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 July 2019
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Eleanor
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 May 2021
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Phoebe Oakey
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 July 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 August 2019
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