And We Call It Love

And We Call It Love

Clare and Zari are best friends. They write music together, go everywhere together, and they know everything about the other. At least they did before Zari started dating Dion. The more Zari falls for Dion, the less she has time for anything else. At first, Clare chalks it up to a new and exciting relationship, and she tries to be happy for her friend despite her lonelines...

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Title:And We Call It Love
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And We Call It Love Reviews

  • Hristina

    And We Call It Love tells a heart-warming story about friends who drift apart under pressure from the people around them.

    I found the story interesting, the characters and plot compelling and well paced. The poetry was decent, written in a tone that reflects the characters' states of mind and experiences. The tone of the poems was used throughout to reflect on the development of the two main characters which I thought was smart.

    I really enjoyed this book, I think most fans of YA will

    And We Call It Love tells a heart-warming story about friends who drift apart under pressure from the people around them.

    I found the story interesting, the characters and plot compelling and well paced. The poetry was decent, written in a tone that reflects the characters' states of mind and experiences. The tone of the poems was used throughout to reflect on the development of the two main characters which I thought was smart.

    I really enjoyed this book, I think most fans of YA will do too.

    *Copy received through NetGalley

    *Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars

  • Julie Parks

    Very unusual storytelling, for me at least. Mainly due to the verse style, but also because of the narrator's voice. It's raw and somewhat naive, and yet very truthful and relatable.

    This felt like something someone had almost written entirely on their phones. Like a secret world of text messages by your older teenage sibling. Like stepping into someone's secret world of honest inner thoughts.

    I would recommend it to BFFs, siblings, dumped boyfriends, neglected girlfriends, girls and

    Very unusual storytelling, for me at least. Mainly due to the verse style, but also because of the narrator's voice. It's raw and somewhat naive, and yet very truthful and relatable.

    This felt like something someone had almost written entirely on their phones. Like a secret world of text messages by your older teenage sibling. Like stepping into someone's secret world of honest inner thoughts.

    I would recommend it to BFFs, siblings, dumped boyfriends, neglected girlfriends, girls and boys of teen ages, everyone who likes to play hide-and-seek (no particular reason), helicopter moms, TV-addicted dads, kids learning a foreign language and everyone else who loves poetry and stories of friendships.

    Warning: possible abuse in those lines.

    Thank you West 44 Books for the chance to linger in between these lines in exchange for my honest review.

  • Alaina

    I loved,

    . The friendship between Clare and Zari was pure and real. They definitely went through things that normal every day kids, or parents, go through. Their lives are sort of drifting in other ways but they still try to find time to see each other.

    They also both go through some hardships. Zari with her abusive boyfriend and Clare dealing with hateful words from Zari's mother. From that, she

    I loved,

    . The friendship between Clare and Zari was pure and real. They definitely went through things that normal every day kids, or parents, go through. Their lives are sort of drifting in other ways but they still try to find time to see each other.

    They also both go through some hardships. Zari with her abusive boyfriend and Clare dealing with hateful words from Zari's mother. From that, she also starts to see less and less of Zari and her brother, who she has a crush on. It was heartbreaking to see these two girls go through what they went through.

    I honestly hated Dion and his dad. I rarely say this but.. like father like son. I was so happy that she had Clare with her during that one scene because I don't know what I would've done if they didn't have each other anymore. Then there's the whole aftermath of Zari's mother thanking Clare for saving her precious baby. She had no right to tell her kids to stop hanging out with Clare. She also had no right to call her trash, It was frustrating to read.. but I also couldn't put this book down.

    Now I have no idea if the format for this book was supposed to seem like poetry, but I liked it. Honestly, it could've been my kindle/phone.. but in the end, I read it from start to finish in one sitting. I'm glad that I got to meet these two girls and their families. I'm also really happy that I got to try out a new author - I look forward to another piece of work from Amanda.

  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of AND WE CALL IT LOVE by Amanda Vink in exchange for my honest review.***

    3.5 STARS

    When Zari meets Dion, her best friendship with Clare suffers. Neither he nor her parents approve of Zari’s friendship with Clare, her pink hair or her creative spirit. When Clare notices bruises on Zari, she might be the only one who can help her friend.

    AND WE CALL IT LOVE, a hi-lo verse novel tackles issues of family,

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of AND WE CALL IT LOVE by Amanda Vink in exchange for my honest review.***

    3.5 STARS

    When Zari meets Dion, her best friendship with Clare suffers. Neither he nor her parents approve of Zari’s friendship with Clare, her pink hair or her creative spirit. When Clare notices bruises on Zari, she might be the only one who can help her friend.

    AND WE CALL IT LOVE, a hi-lo verse novel tackles issues of family, friendship, social class and dating violence. Amanda Vink’s crisp writing tells an important story about dating abuse and how friendship can be the support to help end the cycle. Unfortunately, I thought Vink’s portrayal of the abuse oversimplified a complex problem. Most abusers are careful not to leave visible marks on the face and body. They take time to groom their victims and escalate from controlling, emotional manipulation/abuse to physical. Dion’s abuse happened before he had an emotional control over her— “if you can’t have me, no one will want you” “look what you made me do” . The resolution also felt too perfect.

    Middle grade readers will probably enjoy AND WE CALL IT LOVE more than teens who have a deeper understanding of relationship difficulties. Hi-lo can be written with greater character and plot complexity to appeal to a wider audience.

    I would suggest AND WE CALL IT LOVE as an important book for tweens and young teens as an introduction to dating violence and the power of friendship to intervene.

  • Jennifer

    Review to come

  • Kathy - Books & Munches

    Triggers:

    is a short, but powerful story

    . There's really nothing more to say about this. It deals with abuse, with a toxic relationship and with the message that friendships are so, so important. Especially when things are going downhill for someone. Support is key when you know something isn't right with o/>And/>Thanks

    Triggers:

    is a short, but powerful story

    . There's really nothing more to say about this. It deals with abuse, with a toxic relationship and with the message that friendships are so, so important. Especially when things are going downhill for someone. Support is key when you know something isn't right with one of your friends. Even if they push you away.

    This short book definitely shows just that.

    The only thing I had an issue with, is there seeming to be two different POV's. It was often very hard to tell who's POV a poem was set in, which made reading it a bit harder than it should've been. Since I read an ARC, I

    the difference will probably be clear in the finished copy when all the formatting is done right? At least I hope so, haha.

    4 / 5

  • Manon the Malicious

    This 200-page book told in verse tells the story of Clare and Zari. They've been best friends for years when Zari starts an internship with a famous author and gets enamored with his son. Everything gets complicated from there.

    As much as I like books told through verses, I have to stop requesting books from this collection. I always feel like those are way too short and can't transfer feelings properly. It all fee

    This 200-page book told in verse tells the story of Clare and Zari. They've been best friends for years when Zari starts an internship with a famous author and gets enamored with his son. Everything gets complicated from there.

    As much as I like books told through verses, I have to stop requesting books from this collection. I always feel like those are way too short and can't transfer feelings properly. It all feels rushed...

    Anyway this was ok but I couldn't care all that much. it speaks of interesting topics but since it was so short, I felt like it was brushed over. Like it couldn't really convey how important these topics actually are.

    I do not know if I make sense but that's how I felt.

  • Ecke Brandt

    I recieved this ARC from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

    is an important story told in a beautiful way. I really appreciated the author writing about abusive relationships in the high school years, because they happen often but they are ignored many times.

    I loved the story format, since it let us see the POVs of both the victim and the victim’s friend, which shows a side also often ignored in these relationships, which is the struggle from the victim’s family and fri

    I recieved this ARC from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

    is an important story told in a beautiful way. I really appreciated the author writing about abusive relationships in the high school years, because they happen often but they are ignored many times.

    I loved the story format, since it let us see the POVs of both the victim and the victim’s friend, which shows a side also often ignored in these relationships, which is the struggle from the victim’s family and friends to figure out what’s happening.

    The downside for me was that the story felt rushed. I would have liked a little more of development or action from all the parents mentioned in the book.

    Overall, it’s a delightful read and I’ll be reading more from this author.

  • Becca (Coffeebooksandjournals)

    Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an earc copy of this book.

    I really enjoyed this collection of poetry. Some of the poetry made me feel some feelings. The pressure from parents, and the domestic violence made me feel so much too. I didn’t connect with the poetry but I liked it because it caused me to feel a lot of things. I gave this a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

  • Yna Nicole ❤

    No

    Young Adult Poetry

    Domestic Abuse, Friendship Problems, Family Problems

    is a story told through poetry/verse about two friends Zari and Clare. They are two best friends who write music/>And/>⚠/>📚/>📚/>Much

    No

    Young Adult Poetry

    Domestic Abuse, Friendship Problems, Family Problems

    is a story told through poetry/verse about two friends Zari and Clare. They are two best friends who write music and do everything else together but is faced with trials when Clare starts dating and they encounter parental problems.

    This book is very promising but I think felt short in so many ways. The theme is very timely and important but I was looking for more impact, considering that the sensitivity of the theme. I was looking for more feeling. I was waiting for the goosebumps, unfortunately there were none.

    This poetry book still sent a great message and it is a very quick and easy-to-understand read.

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