Title- Emergency Contact
Author= Mary H.K. Choi
Genre- Ya/Teen Romance
Purchase Link- http://rivetedlit.com/book/emergency-contact/
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.
If you have ever felt out of place or misunderstood no matter what your age this book is for you! The characters and story line are realistic, engaging and this story puts a great modern spin on a love story.
That characters are so raw real and so utterly imperfect you can’t help but love them.The author though a new comer has some serious writing chops and is able to easily portray a story that is quirky, awkward and real all at the same time.
I instantly felt invested in the story and found myself remembering my own awkward first love and those awkward text sent. You can remember when you felt like Penny or Sam and feel a kinship with them as well as the author. The author writes a storyline that is realistic, funny and has those cringe worthy moments we have all had when dealing with young love. The book had me coming back for more until the very end because I had to know if our characters Penny and Sam have a happy ending- do they? You will just have to pick up your own copy and find out!
Quick thanks to Simon Teen for sending me a copy of this amazing book to review!
Rating 4.5 cupcakes out of 5
Mary H.K. Choi is a writer for the New York Times, GQ, Wired, and the Atlantic. She has written comics for Marvel and DC, as well as a collection of essays called Oh, Never Mind. She is the host of Hey, Cool Job!, a podcast about jobs, and is a culture correspondent for VICE News Tonight on HBO. Emergency Contact is her first novel. Mary grew up in Hong Kong and Texas and now lives in New York. Follow her on Twitter at @choitotheworld.