Review: Call it What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

Synopsis:

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?

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

This is the second book I’ve read by Brigid and I really enjoyed it! Though I did knock it a bit for one reason: Owen. But I’ll address that in the spoiler section. Overall I loved how Rob and Meagan interacted! Though I will say they were paired up for a math project and… I think that got dropped because of all their personal drama? Did they actually ever finish the project/turn it in? Did that happen? I don’t know, so we’ll also say I knocked the star down for 1. Owen and 2. The dropping of the math project. Otherwise it was a straightforward contemporary with two characters going through some tough stuff, though Rob’s was more serious and life-altering.

~Basically me @ Owen~

Spoiler section! You’ve been warned 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Ehhem!! So, Owen. Owen Owen Owen… He convinces Rob it’s totally OK to steal stuff if it’s going to people who ‘really need it’. Even when Owen’s mom tells him how totally wrong that is he doesn’t get it and that was never resolved. It came across as the poor kid with the chip on their shoulder which didn’t jive too well with me. I guess I kinda wanted that to be resolved and for him to properly confess that he was wrong, etc. Other than that though… The book was good. When Maegan stood up to the professor her sister had an affair with I totally cheered! Though now I want a book from her sisters perspective haha!

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