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Call It What You Want: A Novel (Paperback)

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I'm not going to lie, this one hits home. There's something to be said about modern-day dating, and Call It What You Want perfectly encapsulates that. The beauty of this novel is how it shows the hopefulness of wanting to be the person another changes for. Well, when you want something so badly, you'll take anything that shares the slightest resemblance. Not only are readers taken into the mind of Sloane, a hopeless romantic, but the perspective of Ethan is given as well, allowing readers to understand the internal conflict he faces.  Call It What You Want made me come to two conclusions. One: The biggest thing we forget in situationships is not just our self-worth but the internal complexity that the other person faces. Two: It's easy to tell a person to leave, but it's hard being the one who has to do it.

— Sarrah


A situationship, a heartbreak, a mistake—you can call it what you want. But was it love?

It's 2016, and Sloane Hart's senior year of college is bound to be the best one yet. Her nights consist of drinking cheap vodka and singing along to The Chainsmokers with her friends, and her days are spent writing as she prepares for the post-grad life in New York City she's always dreamed of.

The last thing she needs is for a guy to get in the way of her goals. With graduation so close, she just needs to focus on landing a job and enjoying this last year with her best friends all under one roof. But that plan becomes a little more complicated when her upstairs neighbor, Ethan Brady, enters the picture.

Ethan's pull is undeniable. He's tall, mysterious, and handsome as hell, and when Sloane is with him, the entire world slows to a halt. But Ethan's guarded past is too hurtful for him to face, and if letting Sloane in means that the walls he's built around his heart would come crumbling down, he may not be willing to let that happen.

As their chemistry and connection intensify, Sloane finds herself falling deeper and deeper, but will Ethan ever be ready to catch her? 

Nostalgic, heartfelt, and profoundly cathartic, Call It What You Want is an ode to almost-love stories—the kinds with no labels, no promises, and the potential to turn your entire world upside down.

About the Author

Alissa DeRogatis is an author based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Call It What You Want is her debut novel and is a love letter to anyone who has had a hard time getting over someone they never dated.

Praise For…

"I finished Call It What You Want in just a few hours! I feel like every girl can relate to this book; I definitely recommend it." — Rachel Recchia, TV Personality

"You know Sloane’s story from the very beginning. As your friend, your sister, your younger self. Her story is not unique, and that’s what makes this novel so unique. It breaks your heart in a way only someone you know intimately could, making this an important read for any woman who has ever thought, ‘I can be enough to change him.’" — Diana Elliott Graham, author of When We Were

Product Details
ISBN: 9781464223365
ISBN-10: 146422336X
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: June 18th, 2024
Pages: 288
Language: English

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