Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

Another compulsively readable contemporary romance from author Brigid Kemmerer, Call It What You Want evokes the same raw emotions as her other books while tackling the question of doing something bad for a good reason.

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…

This captivating, heartfelt novel asks the question: Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons?

Whether she’s writing contemporary or fantasy, I find myself getting sucked in swiftly and thoroughly by anything Brigid Kemmerer writes these days. Call It What You Want is no exception; the characters immediately drew me into the book and their stories kept me hooked from beginning to end. No matter how much I want to savor Kemmerer’s books, I always find myself racing through them — eager to see how events will unfold, and to discover what will happen to her characters.

I loved seeing the reluctant friendship between Maegan and Rob unfold, as each struggles with their own problems. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was how each of them had enough going on to support their own stories — but by bringing them together, Kemmerer made something all the more compelling and significant for readers to devour.

Call It What You Want has so much to enjoy: beautiful writing, captivating characters, a heartfelt teen romance, and realistic, relatable struggles. Look for it in stores June 25th.

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