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READ PDF ñ Call It What You Want ⚣ 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 than she can handleWhen 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 than their fragile new friendshipThis captivating, heartfelt novel asks the question Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons This is a previously published edition of ISBNAn alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here My hEART belongs to Brigid Kemmerer contemporaries ok I will full on softly cry on your arm right now, because I really loved this book, plus it stressed me most wholly out And then the ending was the perfect mix of heartbreak and satisfying roundedness that I just want melt into this book and thank it for existing I did actually think this was part of the Letters to the Lost series, but it isn t So you can read this one without having read LTTL except tbh you should go read LTTL because My hEART belongs to Brigid Kemmerer contemporaries ok I will full on softly cry on your arm right now, because I really loved this book, plus it stressed me most wholly out And then the ending was the perfect mix of heartbreak and satisfying roundedness that I just want melt into this book and thank it for existing I did actually think this was part of the Letters to the Lost series, but it isn t So you can read this one without having read LTTL except tbh you should go read LTTL because it is one of my all time forever favourites, so if you haven t tried it yet and you want to ugly cry into your sleeve READ IT What could go wrong plotWe have two story lines interweaving here Rob, who s treated as a class criminal because his father was caught for embezzlement and then tried to commit suicide and Rob found himso he s super, super messed up And then we have Maegan, who has the Perfect family and the pressure totally cracked her and she cheated on her SATs, got caught, got hundreds of other kids tests cancelled and.is basically lowkey hated at school as a cheat They are SOFT SAD MESSES, but in very reserved ways I do admit I fell for Rob s storylineHe broke me in all sorts of ways, and there was a lot of weight to what he was dealing with vs Maegan s had lower stakes charactersalso can we frikkin take a moment for how amazing the characters in this book are Even the secondary characters I love contemporaries that make you feel in the book, give the characters distinct voices and complex layers and personalities, and also smoosh in moments to make you laugh and ugly cry a little Just here to say t h a n k s Rob Look he is an utter disaster and watching him make bad decisions STRESSED me out Everyone had such low expectations of him, such utter disdain for something he had no control over because his DAD was the criminal, not Rob , that he almost felt like he should just be a criminal anyway And he was also soft and chivalrous, and could have such a snipey attitude ERMASGOH I loved him a lot Also stan boys who cry and are vulnerable Also he READS He loves BOOKS Meagan The nerdy relatable girl who very quickly won me over to loving her because she s just so real I honestly felt I knew Maegan and 10 10 would have liked her for a friend She also has a really steadfast streak and doesn t get pushed around And also her relationship with her sister, Sam, who used to be the Golden Child, but turns up home pregnant and angryGAH I love sister stories and they were SO realistic They fought and then they d totally be willing to die for each other This is the most relatable content ever.Also shout out to OWEN, my son, I loved him so He s so sarcastic and just sort of makes friends with Rob by reading An Ember in the Ashes over his shoulder and complaining when he turns the page too fast Like dude has so much reason to hate Rob Rob s dad screwed Owen s family over but they somehow end up friends Like I just LOVE how Brigid Kemmerer always does such epic friendships in her books ahhhh themesLook, this one gets me because it has so so many beautiful messages to explore, but also really important ones It talks about loneliness and how you can lose yourself in your own silence And there s a lot of discussion about money how some people can treat it so flippantly and how others are clinging to their last dollars, not sure what they re eating next It made me ache so much to see the comparisons and parallels of privilege and suffering Also it says REALLY good things about not judging people Argh we can all have such high horses sometimes oh you re poor but you have an iphone pfft but you NEVER NEVER know someone s full story, what they ve lost or gained or saved for or been gifted It is never anyone s place to judge someone who is poor.we could all do to have so so muchcompassion the messages totally wrapped up my heart and made me think and I love when books do that endingI won t spoil it I JUST REALLY LOVED IT AHHH Just clenches fist am such a fan overallIt made me ache, in the best possible way, and it had such an incredible and heartfelt story linewith so so many topics that were discussed with such nuance Including conflicted feelings Like the ability to love someone and hate what they ve done, how life is sometimes an uncontrollable trainwreck, how finding someone to hold onto is so powerful I just will be here, holding tightly to this book the other day, i took a break from reading this to go run some errands and as i was in the produce section, looking at the bananas, all i could think wasmaegan and rob better live happily ever after or, so help me, someone will hear about itif a book that prompts that kind of angst doesnt deserve five stars, then i dont know what does i think this story tackles really important topics for teens, such as loneliness, taking on feeling the burdens of your parents, the cost of a mistake, and the other day, i took a break from reading this to go run some errands and as i was in the produce section, looking at the bananas, all i could think wasmaegan and rob better live happily ever after or, so help me, someone will hear about itif a book that prompts that kind of angst doesnt deserve five stars, then i dont know what does i think this story tackles really important topics for teens, such as loneliness, taking on feeling the burdens of your parents, the cost of a mistake, and what it means to be a true friend i could really relate to this on many different levels so much so that i was constantly feeling bad for maegan and rob, because i have felt so similarly before the only reason this isnt a perfect 5 is because i think the ending is a little rushed the epilogue is okay, but i easily could have devoured another 100 pages that filled the reader in on everything that happened after it all played out oh well beggars cant be choosers.and honestly, kemmerer is 4 4 right now with her books being 5 stars reads for me do i have a new favourite author to add to the listshakes magic 8 ballall signs point to yes 4.5 stars Rob and Maegan s story is out in the world today, friends The idea for this book started when I said to myself, What if I took Robin Hood and put him in a modern day high school I hope you love the story, and I can t wait to hear what you think Thank you all so much for being a part of my dream. 4.5 stars Rob, a once popular high school lacrosse player, has fallen from grace but not on account of his own actions His father, the local financial planner, was caught red handed swindling from clients and everyone suspects Rob knew Even though he did intern at his father s office, he swears he had no idea what was going on.As everything is taken from his family, his father attempts suicide, leaving him in a partially vegetative state As if this weren t bad enough, Rob now finds himself 4.5 stars Rob, a once popular high school lacrosse player, has fallen from grace but not on account of his own actions His father, the local financial planner, was caught red handed swindling from clients and everyone suspects Rob knew Even though he did intern at his father s office, he swears he had no idea what was going on.As everything is taken from his family, his father attempts suicide, leaving him in a partially vegetative state As if this weren t bad enough, Rob now finds himself a social pariah with zero friends to support him He is filled with anger regarding his deteriorated circumstances and begins lashing out at those around him.Maegan, a classic overachiever, has been living in her older sister s shadow for years Feeling pressured to succeed, Maegan cheats while sitting for her SAT causing consequences for everyone in the room Subsequently branded a liar and a cheat, Maegan sees her social standing plummet as well Slogging through just focusing on keeping her head down all she wants is to make it through each school day without too much embarrassment.When they are paired together for a calculus project, neither Rob nor Maegan are happy about it They were never friends before their lives fell apart and certainly don t want to be now Begrudgingly, they begin to meet up to work on their project and pretty quickly learn that you cannot always believe what you hear about people They begin to confide in one another and discover they havein common than they ever could have guessed.Nobody writes teenage angst quite like Brigid Kemmerer She puts her characters through hell but the growth they are able to achieve is truly a beautiful thing 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.There are a lot of hard hitting topics included in this too So much The thing that I found most moving was the idea of learning to forgive yourself of not letting one mistake define who you are I think a lot of us should be reminded of that.Be kind to yourself We are all human, we all make mistakes and it is okay to let go of that and move forward.There was also a strong narrative between Maegan and her sister As with many sisters, they certainly were not lacking in the drama department I did like how much their relationship evolved over the course of the story and how they learned to see one another as they are, not how they imagine each other to be.Overall, I felt this book has a lot to offer and is quite moving I would definitely recommend it to readers looking for a hard hitting contemporary Kemmerer is an autobuy author for me and yet again, she did not disappoint Well done