REVIEW: And We Call It Love

Back again with another NetGalley book that I should’ve read and reviewed long ago but didn’t. At this point, I should stop requesting books (which I have, but still have a backlog of it) so I don’t have to face a menacing pile.

I’m nearing the end of my semester, so I’ll have some time to write blog posts aside from just reviews, which were the original intention of this blog. I’m looking forward to it and sharing more with you guys!

And We Call It Love
by Amanda Vink

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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.


*A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

t/w: abuse, gaslighting

This poetry collection was addictive. If I hadn’t started it at 4AM, I would’ve finished it in one sitting.

And We Call It Love is a poetry collection surrounding the themes of friendship, love, growing up, prejudice and abuse. It reads like a diary entry told from the perspectives of Zari, a talented writer, and her best friend Clare, a great guitarist.

Unlike many poems I’ve read, this was easy to read. You didn’t have to think too much, it almost feels like you’re reading a novel as it follows a linear timeline. I’ve never read a poem like this before, and it’s extremely memorable.

The two best friends were incredible, and I loved the relationship between Zari’s brother and Clare. There were many themes in this poem, and it was just an all-around great read filled with so much friendship and love. Not to mention also anger and disbelief, but mostly great friendship that made me shed some tears. It was a rollercoaster of emotions.

The formatting of the poems is by far the most interesting part of the book. It uses alignment to show the conversation between the characters or their actions and thoughts. It was extremely refreshing.


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