I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review – Thanks to them and West 44 Books for sending me a copy!
Title: And We Call It Love
Author: Amanda Vink
Genre: Teen & Y/A, Poetry
Publisher: West 44 Books
Publication Date: 1rst June 2019
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
I don’t think I’ve ever read a story which is written in a poetic form, so this was something which drew me to this book initially, as I quite like poetry. Unfortunately for me, in a story, this wasn’t something I particularly enjoyed. I think I’m going to stick to prose narratives from now on!
While the book explores some issues like family, importance of female friendship as well as abuse, it felt a tad simplistic to me. I feel like even though this is marked as a Teen or Y/A novel, it’s quite simple in tone and I feel like younger teens would enjoy this more as opposed to a more mature audience.
I feel like everything was resolved so fast and there wasn’t really any development of character or plot. Perhaps due to the nature of the form? I’m not sure but I wasn’t really impressed.
The only positive of this book is the focus on friendship, and specifically that of female friendship. This is the only part of the book I felt was well done and I semi- enjoyed, as I’m always looking for books which represent this theme as it’s something important in my own life.
Overall, while the premise and form sounded promising, And We Call It Love isn’t a book I’ll be returning to, hence the 2 star rating. I genuinely appreciate the message of the book though as it will definitely raise further awareness of abusive relationships and the importance of seeking help. I’m sure there are people who will enjoy this book more than me, especially if you want to try something new and if you enjoy poetry.
★★ – 2 Star Rating
Until next time,