Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
Published by Simon & Schuster Books
Release Date: March 27th, 2018
YA Contemporary Romance, 394 pages
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I picked up this novel after hearing it was unbelievably cute, and had an amazing cover. Once I read this novel, I immediately fell in love with the characters. Penny was so relatable, I felt like I literally was her at times. Her awkwardness, as well as her fears were what really resonated with me. Sam on the other hand, was a dreamboat from the beginning. I loved his character, and how he felt like he was lost and trying to find himself at the same time. He’s also pretty cute boyfriend material if you ask me.
The plot was well written, their relationship was addicting and I always wanted more between them. As one of the first novels I’ve read that involves ‘modern day communication’ via text messages, I thought it was well done and entertaining.
Penny’s coming of age in university was also really interesting to me, as I also am going through a beginning university phase. Both Penny’s and Sam’s development was fun to read and definitely entertaining.
Her English class subplot about the anima and digital world was interesting to me as an aspiring writer. I thought this was an interesting concept, and I really enjoyed it.
Overall, I give this novel 5/5 stars! And recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Jenny Han or Rainbow Rowell.
For 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.
Thanks for reading! Mara x