Synopsis: “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 loneliness. When Zari starts to show up to school with half-hidden bruises, Clare knows there’s something darker about this relationship that has to be stopped.”
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Rating: 3/5 stars
I received an earc copy through Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. This did not influence me in any way. All opinions are my own.
TW: emotional and physical abuse, classism, depression
And We Call It Love is written in prose which I love. It was a very quick read I think because of that. The story itself, I liked but it did feel a bit rushed. I also had a hard time telling the voices apart. It is told in two POVs and there’s no clear difference when they switch. I was able to tell who was speaking depending on what they were referring to but it always took me a second to realize the POV changed.
Because it felt rushed I didn’t get attached to any of the characters really. Everything happens very quickly within the story. I would have liked it to be a bit longer so we could have gotten to know more about the main characters. I don’t have any opinions on the two girls because of that.
Stories that show these relationships are important. Teens need to know the signs of what’s happening before it’s too late. They need to know that this behavior is not acceptable. We all deserve healthy love.
If you liked this you should read Bad Romance by Heather Demitrios.