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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Fitzgerald Called is a work of socially conscious fiction penned by author Kalliope Kronos. In this story for both adults and young adults, we find a young woman entering a college setting and encountering a professor that makes her feel different from the others. Kalliope and Pete’s relationship is explored through many lenses as their cultures, backgrounds and experiences clash, and changing times in the 1980s make it even more difficult for them to express their feelings, let alone act upon them. The guise of F. Scott Fitzgerald looms as an influence on the young Kalliope, painting a portrait of a relationship that is yearned for, but appears that it can never be.
Author Kalliope Kronos writes exceedingly well with the background influence of Fitzgerald, giving that same air of fanciful dreaming versus the reality behind the veil of so-called love. That’s not to say that the book is not often upbeat and charming, and the shy, retiring nature of central heroine Kalliope Maiandros is certainly a delightful figure to whom many readers will relate. I particularly enjoyed the portrayal of Professor Pete Caspias as he was more complexly drawn and harder to connect with, which made every interaction with him intriguing and new to discover. Overall, the plot structure keeps the relationship progressing (or, not) in a compelling way that makes you keep hoping that things will change for the pair in every chapter. I would definitely recommend Fitzgerald Called for those romantic and even unromantic souls who revel in F. Scott’s doomed relationship modus operandi.