Friday, July 6, 2018

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Emergency Contact
by Mary H.K. Choi

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Just released: March 27, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA, Romance, Korean American
Hardback: 400
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
"Tell me somehting, Penny…"

From debut author Mary H.K. Choi comes a compulsively readable novel that shows young love in all its awkward glory—perfect for fans of Eleanor & Park and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

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 cafĂ© 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.

Zombie sighting:
She sat on top of her desk and crossed her legs in a lotus pose. "If there was an apocalypse—zombies, the sun explodes, whatever—fiction writing as a job would be the thousandth priority behind SoulCycle instructors."
chapter Penny, page 83

My two-bits:

I love the book cover art by gg. It caught my eye which was part of the reason I wanted to read it.

I enjoyed this coming of age story that also dealt with relationships with family and friends. And a romance with cute text flirting was fun to follow.

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