about the book
Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi
Published by simon and schuster on March 27th, 2018
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Social Themes, Dating & Sex, Friendship, Romance, Contemporary
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“Smart and funny, with characters so real and vulnerable, you want to send them care packages. I loved this book.” —Rainbow Rowell
Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.
Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.
When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.
my rating: ★★★★★ 5/5
we can all agree this cover is lovely. this was just the contemporary i needed to get me back into reading. Emergency Contact is about asian-american Penny who can’t wait to go to college and get away from her life and her mom, Celeste, and pursue her dream of becoming a writer. Sam, that poor boy is a mess! he’s living in the upstairs storage area of a coffeehouse he works at and barely able to go for his dreams of movie making, especially when his ex-girlfriend is making his life flash before his eyes.
i’m not going to lie, this book gave me major Fangirl vibes, mainly because of Sam working in a coffee shop, the whole college aspect, and how the main character is awkward and different. it’s even blurbed by Rainbow Rowell, coincidence? i think not!
penny and sam find an unlikely friend in a very awkward situation who they can tell anything and everything to. their relationship is purely textual, but they can’t get enough of each other. they can say anything they want to each other, and it’s amazing how dependent each becomes on the other.
the side characters are actually pretty great! Jude, Penny’s college room-mate is the sweetest, can i just pinch her cheeks and give her cupcakes? plus we get a rich preppy girl who isn’t completely stuck up and snobby, she’s actually kind of cool!
overall, i loved it! this was everything that i’ve been looking for in a YA contemporary, it was every bit as sweet as it was raw and sometimes harsh. it was awkward and quirky. nothing was glossed over. Choi spares no feelings in this one. the slow burn is too good to miss. AND this was way too relatable, i related to both mc’s and the story, maybe you will too. i highly recommend this book!
who is my emergency contact?
hunter, my boyfriend, is my emergency contact! over the course of our relationship (currently almost 2 years) he’s become my best friend, my person. i go to him for everything, and i mean everything! he’s the christina AND derek to my meredith. i talk to him everyday because that’s our normal, i like seeing what e’s up to, going to his work for lunch sometimes, and spending the weekends together as long as we can. when i need advice i go to him. when i’m feeling sad or anxious, i go to him. when i have a problem, again, i go to hunter! i know some people might say it’s not normal to have your romantic partner as your best friend, but why the heck not? he’s there when i need advice on my hair, bookstagram, my outfit, and always compliments me boosting my confidence. he’s the sam to my penny, he gets me like no one else does and knows what i’m thinking or even doing without us being in the same room, we have a connection like theirs, and i think that’s another reason i really loved this book.
my emergency reads
- all things shadowhunters. if you have been following me for a while, then you probably know i’m in love with cassandra clare’s the mortal instruments and the infernal devices. ever since i read them, i was instantly sucked into this world. the characters, story, relationships, friendships, and world are all some of my favorites. they hold a special place in my heart and it’s always old to go back to them every often. so, bless you cassandra clare for releasing multiple books in the shadowhunter chronicles every year, my heart will be sad the day they finally come to a close.
- fangirl by rainbow rowell and queens of geek by jen wilde. these two books are so so precious to me because i can relate to them the most. the mc’s deal with anxiety, struggling to fit in, finding who they are, building confidence, and a cute romance to give you all the warm feels!
- adam silvera. even though all of his books rip your heart out and stomp on it menacingly, there’s a happy pleasure about finishing a book by his and being glad you read it. they’re all so emotional, deep, raw, and beautiful. i can’t wait for his future books because i know i’ll love them just as much.
- vampire academy by richelle mead. this series is not as cliche as it sounds, although i guess it could be considered as a guilty pleasure. i fell in love with this story on the second book of the series and couldn’t keep from wanting more. the characters and relationships had be so enveloped in the story, each book had something new and ended with a cliffhanger that had me staying up til 4am just to finish it and then crying because i was too tired to start the next one. yeah, this series is definitely binge-worthy!
- the fault in our stars by john green. i read this book during a very difficult time in my life and it is also what helped me discover bookstagram and the wonderful book community. everything about this book was beautiful, especially the way green wrote the book, how intelligent the main characters were and how positive they could make a sad situation. it definitely made me cry, a much needed cry.
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thats it, i hope this post was enjoyable to read and maybe even persuaded you to pick up Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi online or at your local bookstore! this post was inspired by twirlingpages, tashapolis, and readbyzoe.