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.

Emergency Contact Details

TitleEmergency Contact
Author
ReleaseMar 27th, 2018
PublisherSimon Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781534408968
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance

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Emergency Contact Review

  • alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    this book is so beautifully awkward and eccentric i love it
  • Gabrielle
    January 1, 1970
    8/3/17 YALL I hate that Eleanor and Park is still being used as a comparison. Ugh.
  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    *Disclaimer: An ARC of Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi was provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.This was super cute! Definitely a lighter contemporary which I really needed at the moment!Stay tuned for a full review closer to the release date!
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  • Rachel Strolle
    January 1, 1970
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  • Aila
    January 1, 1970
    So Emergency Contact isn't a light, fluffy rom-com. There are pretty intense elements of the story that gives it an almost bittersweet vibe to it. It's an epitome of a slice-of-life drama: conversations and relationships explored realistically and quick, sharp dialogue. It's not a book for everyone. It's essentially a snapshot of human habits and feelings - the lives lived - through the third person POV's of Penny and Sam. There is not exactly a focus on one thing, but important discussion is se So Emergency Contact isn't a light, fluffy rom-com. There are pretty intense elements of the story that gives it an almost bittersweet vibe to it. It's an epitome of a slice-of-life drama: conversations and relationships explored realistically and quick, sharp dialogue. It's not a book for everyone. It's essentially a snapshot of human habits and feelings - the lives lived - through the third person POV's of Penny and Sam. There is not exactly a focus on one thing, but important discussion is seen throughout. - Based on the concept of "emergency contact," an almost-stranger that Penny and Sam can text for solace and peace in the midst of their otherwise complicated lives.- Lovely descriptions of the futures they're pursuing: film for Sam, writing for Penny.- Important dialogue about racism and accepting yourself. I haven't ever seen a writerA big deal writerwho looks like meAnd sometimes when I writeI imagine the hero as whiteLike automaticallyHow fucked is that - Interesting mother dynamics with both characters.- Down-to-earth dialogue that's very fast to read. (Which is apt, as I have read that Choi wrote an article about teens and social media behaviors that this may be considered an extension of.)- Some of the jokes didn't really capture me. There were parts that I REALLY appreciated the dialogue, and parts that I couldn't find charming. Penny and Sam are both flawed but certain parts of their characters remained unlikable in a way that I couldn't appreciate, even at the end. Now looking back I kind of appreciate that part to show their imperfections? They still should have been called out quite a few times.- Especially Sam, ugh. Not my version of a swoony love interest.- This is essentially a very slow burn romance with life matters throughout its midst. I think it would have been better without the romantic elements. - #ownvoices Korean-American narrative for Penny.- She's at her first year of college like me! Much appreciated.- Is there much of a story? Not really, besides the "emergency contact" element. Many things are left unresolved, as life often tends to do. Other important issues are given a page or less of a discussion and I'm not sure how I feel that. I guess ultimately, it fits the atmosphere of the book as a whole.- Adding onto one of the previous points, I didn't like some of the jokes and supposedly-cute dialogue/thoughts that the characters had. Some went towards dark humor, which I'm not that big a fan of. "'He was in this perfect relationship and now he's not, and honestly, I've been talking to Dr. Greene about it and she things he's depressed.''Dr. Greene is Jude's therapist,' said Mallory.If that were true, depression suited Sam. This line is just ??? to me.- I don't think this book is for everyone and only recommend it to a specific niche of readers. Definitely seems like a hit or miss.- Puts the "H" in "Hipster."- Very open, yet very satisfying ending.Trigger Warning: rape, panic attack, racism
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  • Keep Calm Novel On
    January 1, 1970
    NetGalley provided a copy of the eBook in exchange for an honest review.Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi is an original young adult novel. The reader meets Penny Lee as she is beginning college. She is trying to leave so much behind. Penny dreams of becoming a writer. Sam has dreams of his own—to become a filmmaker—he is currently homeless. This unlikely pair becomes each other's emergency contact. They begin to text and reveal themselves via their messages. They share their hopes, dreams an NetGalley provided a copy of the eBook in exchange for an honest review.Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi is an original young adult novel. The reader meets Penny Lee as she is beginning college. She is trying to leave so much behind. Penny dreams of becoming a writer. Sam has dreams of his own—to become a filmmaker—he is currently homeless. This unlikely pair becomes each other's emergency contact. They begin to text and reveal themselves via their messages. They share their hopes, dreams and dark fears. Choi’s character-driven novel is raw and real. The author has created strong and distinct main characters. The author explores emotional topics with compassion and sensitivity, including but not limited to racism, self-esteem, self-worth, family dynamics, sexual assault, alcohol abuse and pregnancy. Does this unlikely friendship have a future?
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  • Vikki VanSickle
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this story of Penny, a prickly wannabe writer with some serious mother issues, and Sam, an aspiring documentary filmmaker caught in the clutches of a truly heinous ex-girlfriend. Sam and Penny's worlds are equally well-imagined, peopled with vivid ensemble characters, and they both have satisfying character arcs. Eleanor & Park is an obvious but appropriate comp.
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  • Dahlia
    January 1, 1970
    I feel bad because there is so much good in this book I wanna discuss but every time I try all I can think is I SHIP IT. I SHIP IT SO HARD.
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I went into this expecting a light fluffy romance and came away with so much more. The characters are well developed and have a lot going on in their lives. They are so complicated and human that you really feel for them as you follow their story.Penny and Sam's interactions are delightful, and I loved how they helped each other through their hard times. Well written, definitely more to it than a cute romance!
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  • Krista
    January 1, 1970
    I had to immediately request this book from NetGalley when I saw that it was recommended for fans of "Eleanor & Park". Much to my excited glee, my request was accepted! While I really enjoyed this book, I wouldn't necessarily plunk it down in the same grouping as "Eleanor and Park". I loved the characterization in this novel. The witty banter between Penny and Sam was my jam. I loved that they were two normal humans. With regular human problems and feelings, as well as the regular drama that I had to immediately request this book from NetGalley when I saw that it was recommended for fans of "Eleanor & Park". Much to my excited glee, my request was accepted! While I really enjoyed this book, I wouldn't necessarily plunk it down in the same grouping as "Eleanor and Park". I loved the characterization in this novel. The witty banter between Penny and Sam was my jam. I loved that they were two normal humans. With regular human problems and feelings, as well as the regular drama that pops up like it does for us non-fictionalized characters. I didn't mind that there wasn't much plot, but I do wish that some of the YA cliches weren't thrown in. Not every young adult needs to have been raped - stories can still have gravitas without that happening. Overall, it was a well-written book, with characters that I fell in love with. I would read more from this author! Recommended for anyone who likes smart and witty YAs. Thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Canada for the eARC!
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  • Shelly
    January 1, 1970
    DNFed at 20%.(view spoiler)[I just got really uncomfortable with the passages in the ARC in which Penny realizes that she wants to be a writer. I'll describe it below but my decision to DNF is entirely personal and because of my own thoughts on the subject. I debated continuing the book but I was not really connecting with Penny and trigger warnings for the book mentioned rape which I do not want to read.The scene that made me uncomfortable is when Penny describes wanting to write because of how DNFed at 20%.(view spoiler)[I just got really uncomfortable with the passages in the ARC in which Penny realizes that she wants to be a writer. I'll describe it below but my decision to DNF is entirely personal and because of my own thoughts on the subject. I debated continuing the book but I was not really connecting with Penny and trigger warnings for the book mentioned rape which I do not want to read.The scene that made me uncomfortable is when Penny describes wanting to write because of how her life was changed because of Maus. Penny describes stealing the book from a Jewish family (they had two copies so they wouldn't miss one apparently) and then stating that the book transformed her life and the book helped her learn about the Holocaust' "not only learn about it but care about it" (italics from the book). I understand the intent here, Penny is moved by the transformative power of literature and wants to recreate that feeling but the wording in that passage made me extremely uncomfortable. (hide spoiler)]
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  • R.J.
    January 1, 1970
    Read the full review at lucieninthestars.ca! I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Mary H.K. Choi's debut novel Emergency Contact is a story of friendship and love, and overcoming grief through the deep connects formed even over short periods of times. A touching novel about self-realization and forgiveness, it's a very strong story and I am extremely happy that I was lucky enough to get the ARC. NOTE: This book contains an example of sexual ass Read the full review at lucieninthestars.ca! I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Mary H.K. Choi's debut novel Emergency Contact is a story of friendship and love, and overcoming grief through the deep connects formed even over short periods of times. A touching novel about self-realization and forgiveness, it's a very strong story and I am extremely happy that I was lucky enough to get the ARC. NOTE: This book contains an example of sexual assault, consider this a trigger warning.I loved Emergency Contact. The characters were full of depth and very relatable. The story was heartfelt and touching but also made me laugh out loud at some of the nonsensical text conversations Sam and Penny had with each other. I've read several ARCs so far this year, but this is first one I can confidently say I will be buy several copies of to throw at my friends. I hope that Mary H.K. Choi sees great success off of this novel and continues to write more.
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  • Ryley (Ryley Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    This might just be one of the cutest books I've read in a while - and it was exactly what I was looking for right now!Thanks so much to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.**FULL REVIEW TO COME CLOSER TO RELEASE DATE**
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  • Brigan.dell
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 stars This is the type of book that you sit and think about after reading it. It's not particularly thought-provoking but it's the kind of story you don't know what to make of. It's the story of two broken people who learn to be broken together and that being broken isn't bad. I love the characters. I love Penny so much and I love how she thinks. I love how her backstory influences her thoughts and actions without it being obvious. ugh, Penny *heart eyes* The novel addresses diversity in a 4.5/5 stars This is the type of book that you sit and think about after reading it. It's not particularly thought-provoking but it's the kind of story you don't know what to make of. It's the story of two broken people who learn to be broken together and that being broken isn't bad. I love the characters. I love Penny so much and I love how she thinks. I love how her backstory influences her thoughts and actions without it being obvious. ugh, Penny *heart eyes* The novel addresses diversity in a way that isn't pandering. The author, Choi, delivers on this in every aspect by having diverse characters interwoven into the story. This is the type of melancholic book I love most; where there isn't a clean wrap up in the end where everyone gets together holds hands, the bad people get justice or repent, and everyone sings kumbaya. Somehow still, it seems to be missing something for me. I feel as if there was no great climax or great fall of the characters, the tone seemed to be constant and I live for a book that breaks my heart. That being said, this book was *Willie* good (wink) and left me eager to read more by Choi. I love her voice and style. Although this book wasn't quite a bullseye, I think it's a story many would love to read.
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  • Katie McNelly
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED this book....at least, the first three-quarters. I loved the humor, the writing, and the character's voices. I could not wait to get home to continue reading each day.Which made the incomplete and sudden ending even more upsetting and frustrating. Everything was going so great and then it just...ended.I would love to know if this is just a Part One. Ultimately I would still recommend it. I laughed out loud throughout this entire story and absolutely fell in love with these characters. I I LOVED this book....at least, the first three-quarters. I loved the humor, the writing, and the character's voices. I could not wait to get home to continue reading each day.Which made the incomplete and sudden ending even more upsetting and frustrating. Everything was going so great and then it just...ended.I would love to know if this is just a Part One. Ultimately I would still recommend it. I laughed out loud throughout this entire story and absolutely fell in love with these characters. I was absolutely devastated (clearly) when it was over. BUT -Slight spoilers below:There are so many untied loose ends!- Sebastian's family- Sam's film- Penny's story- Penny's friendships- Mallory's entire character arcEven the "resolution" between Penny and Sam felt incomplete and stunningly unreal. I was SO disappointed in the ending that I'm seriously hoping that I just had an incomplete ARC (even though it clocked in somewhere past 300 pages), or that this is a part one of a multi-part story (even though there was no indication it would be). This was one of the most disappointing endings for me out of any story I have read before. It deserved better!
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  • Danielle Graham
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book because it isn't a light and fluffy romcom, but deals with real life problems people deal with: the newness of starting a new life at college, issues with parents, sexual assault, and relationships. The writing is fantastic and evokes real emotion, drawing you in. It drew me in so much that I read this entire book in one sitting. Loved it!I received an advance copy of the book for review purposes.
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  • Kait
    January 1, 1970
    RTC
  • D.J.
    January 1, 1970
    This book made my Korean heart soar. What a gut-punch of a novel!
  • Megan Nyberg
    January 1, 1970
    Rounding to 2 stars (1.5).I received an ARC and was so hopeful that I’d love this book. Pieces were ok. Lines. Sentences. Fragments. But the actual story, the entire book. Wow. No. I was not a fan of Penny...I actually think I liked Jude’s story better. This entire book felt like one big cliche. The Korean part. The stereotypes. The main characters - all the characters - had so many ding dang dong issues going on. I couldn’t handle it. The dialogue killed me. One minute it was teen jargon like M Rounding to 2 stars (1.5).I received an ARC and was so hopeful that I’d love this book. Pieces were ok. Lines. Sentences. Fragments. But the actual story, the entire book. Wow. No. I was not a fan of Penny...I actually think I liked Jude’s story better. This entire book felt like one big cliche. The Korean part. The stereotypes. The main characters - all the characters - had so many ding dang dong issues going on. I couldn’t handle it. The dialogue killed me. One minute it was teen jargon like MILF and words like bae. And the next it was old lady and old man phrases. I liked parts of the resolution in the end. I liked a few lines at the end where Sam uses lines from their text messages to talk about dates they’d go on. I am so tired of YA where the teens are the responsible adults and the parents are messed up. I’m tired of the entire storyline. Also this felt more New Adult. I don’t know why it was categorized YA...Language is frequent in this story as are mature topics. I guess I’m old fashioned and like my YA a little cleaner. I feel like the author took lectures from her own writing classes and plopped then in the book. Parts felt very forced. I didn’t have any sympathy for the characters — does that make me a terrible reader?! I guess I felt like the story wasn’t fleshed out in some parts and that the author was relying on every other book ever written about mixed races and Asians and mom-daughter relationships. I had the nagging feeling that I’d read this already.
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  • -RadioActiveBookWorm-
    January 1, 1970
    Goodreads Synopsis: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 m Goodreads Synopsis: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.My Review:I received a copy of Emergency Contact from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I love the cover for this book. It's really what drew me to it in the first place, and after reading the description I knew I wanted to read it. It starts off with a girl named Madison asking one of the main viewpoints, Penny, why her mom's a slut. Even though she isn't, she just likes to wear crop tops. That's high school for you, right? Obviously this shocks Penny, and she scrambles to figure out the best possible way to deal with this. She tends to make lists in her head, which is super relatable for me, and although I wasn't too sure about it in the beginning, I actually really like the way that two characters text each other in their separate chapters. This book is exactly what I needed to read, even if I didn't know that coming into it. The story switches viewpoints from Penny to Sam by chapter. Usually I don't like viewpoint changes, but it's refreshing and helps the story progress in this case. The characters are lifelike, and have problems like you or I would. Penny is dating a boy she doesn't like and heading off to college. Sam is a baker and he's still hung up on his ex. They meet and something happens, and they deal with life. That's what Emergency Contact is about. I love the characters, and just the way the story is written, It's just an enjoyable smooth read and I'm glad I got the chance to check it out. This is a wholesome book and honestly it's probably one of my favourites. You should definitely give it a chance if you haven't already. Here's a link to the book on Amazon, and another link to the authors Twitter.https://www.amazon.ca/Emergency-Conta...https://twitter.com/choitotheworldThanks for reading! Check out this review and more at my blog.(Radioactivebookreviews.wordpress.com)
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  • Bdawn
    January 1, 1970
    /TW in book for rape, panic attacks, and alcoholismI received this as a digital copy ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is my first time reviewing a book so sorry if it's not the most well done. This story is very charming with the characters that each have their own tone. The way that Penny and Sam fit together with their chemistry is enticing and keeps you reading because don’t we all want someone who we can connect with in a way that understands us and accepts us? I foun /TW in book for rape, panic attacks, and alcoholismI received this as a digital copy ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is my first time reviewing a book so sorry if it's not the most well done. This story is very charming with the characters that each have their own tone. The way that Penny and Sam fit together with their chemistry is enticing and keeps you reading because don’t we all want someone who we can connect with in a way that understands us and accepts us? I found myself more than once smiling and giggling at the interaction between the two. The way they relate is so modern and I love that. I felt this book was what I needed at this time, something light, fun but still dealing with serious notes. While the climax was subtle, I think it fit the story tone in general. Also, the ending happened a bit too fast for me and had a “oh it’s over” kind of feeling, and I wanted more from it but I think that’s because I just fell into the story. I also am super happy with the Asian- representation as Penny is Korean-American and how this was but done. Being raised in America, her being Korean wasn’t something her world revolved around but it was still part of her and I think this is something missed a lot when representing Asian-North American characters. I think I just really loved Penny as a character in general and found her thoughts to be highly relatable to myself. Then there is Sam, who I absolutely adored. Why can I just imagine him combing through his hair just so well? I would totally recommend this book for anyone looking for a contemporary set in college/university settings and looking for chemistry between characters. I will definitely be buying this one when it’s finalized and comes out finished!
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  • MK
    January 1, 1970
    Arc provided by NetGalley!So this was definitely a roller coaster of a book, and that’s pretty much how I feel about it. It had its ups and downs, and while I ended up liking it in the end, it still felt lacking. Also for a 400-some page book it felt surprisingly short.So, I did like the characters, Sam and Penny. Their lives developed outside of their relationship with each other (though I felt Sam’s had a little more depth), and though their origin was a little weird (he has a panic attack and Arc provided by NetGalley!So this was definitely a roller coaster of a book, and that’s pretty much how I feel about it. It had its ups and downs, and while I ended up liking it in the end, it still felt lacking. Also for a 400-some page book it felt surprisingly short.So, I did like the characters, Sam and Penny. Their lives developed outside of their relationship with each other (though I felt Sam’s had a little more depth), and though their origin was a little weird (he has a panic attack and she discovers him and helps him recover, and from that point on they are each other’s “emergency contacts”), it fits. I thought the side characters, like the friends, were decently developed.The writing I’m kind of hit or miss on. The reason the book is so long is because it’s written like this:Here’s a sentence.And another one!Sentence!Text from one personText from anotherAnd so on. I can see the author has a background in comic books and this writing does feel pretty pop-y. I enjoyed it at times, while other times it was distracting. Sometimes they spoke realistically and other times I was like Lolololol no. Also sometimes the dialogue makes it sound like Sam is wayyyyyy older than Penny when in reality there is only like a 2 year difference. Sometimes the characters are incredibly snobby and then back to relatable. There’s also a surprisingly amount of dark stuff for a novel that at its core seems to want to be fluffy. The author handles it well, though. I enjoyed reading this, though. There was enough stuff in it that I liked, and I was interested by the characters. Definitely flawed, though.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - 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 non-event. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything ab I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - 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 non-event. 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.An interesting YA reads that had me engrossed from the first page --- and refreshing as it is not dystopian, full of vampires and werewolves and ridiculously inane plot lines. I thoroughly enjoyed it down to the last page. - what a great debut novel --- cannot wait to read her future works!!
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.What a pleasant surprise. I went into this book with no expectations, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were relatable and easy to feel for. I only could partially relate to some events, but I could easily sympathize with the characters since they were well-written. I grew to really like Penny throughout the book and further felt for her and her flaws.Emergency Contact follows Penny and Sa Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.What a pleasant surprise. I went into this book with no expectations, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were relatable and easy to feel for. I only could partially relate to some events, but I could easily sympathize with the characters since they were well-written. I grew to really like Penny throughout the book and further felt for her and her flaws.Emergency Contact follows Penny and Sam at pivotal moments in their life and how their lives become intertwined. They develop a relationship through texting and we explore each character as they go through big life events and how they connect with each other as "emergency contacts." The story was slower moving, but it worked. You get invested in the thoughts and feelings of Sam and Penny and go through their life with them. It somewhat reads like a lighter contemporary, meanwhile you're being hit with heavy and real things. There's a lot of issues hit on in Emergency Contact, and it gives you a glimpse into the harsh realities that some people face daily. What I felt was lacking, however, was some more plot. There were ongoing issues that were eventually resolved but an overarching plot was on the weaker side. The story was still enjoyable, as the writing and characters are well-done. The book remains more character-driven than plot-driven, and just a bit more to the story would bump this up to a 5-star. PS: This is a really great #ownvoices book.
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  • Lari
    January 1, 1970
    Young people are infuriating. This book had many faults, but the characters were clever and quick-witted and I haven't read a romance in a long time so it was refreshing. The prose was super colloquial so it was a quick and easy read...even though I had to read it on my phone. Oh also it was an ARC from Netgalley, so I didn't get too annoyed by the occasional copy edit misses because I assume they'll be fixed before the final version is released...Anyway, things I hated:-Penny's teenage angst ag Young people are infuriating. This book had many faults, but the characters were clever and quick-witted and I haven't read a romance in a long time so it was refreshing. The prose was super colloquial so it was a quick and easy read...even though I had to read it on my phone. Oh also it was an ARC from Netgalley, so I didn't get too annoyed by the occasional copy edit misses because I assume they'll be fixed before the final version is released...Anyway, things I hated:-Penny's teenage angst against her mom. I completely didn't get the hate there. My mom is the polar opposite of me--I hope I wasn't that much of a bitch to her. If I had moved out at 18, would I have been able to go weeks without even speaking to my mom...? Doubt it. So I completely couldn't relate to that. -The characters made me feel old. I could follow most of the acronyms they used in txts but there were one or two that I didn't get...-Penny is a writer. You know that the author is just projecting >__> I hate that. Also because that facet of her personality was kept hidden for a long time, for no apparent reason. -Penny's self-depreciation. So tired of that. But at least Sam suffered from the same thing...Still annoying, though.-Penny's personality was a bit inconsistent. Why was she so shy at her first meeting with Sam? She is incredibly quick-witted later on, her behaviour in that scene didn't make sense. -I feel like there were other things that bugged me but I pretty much devoured this book so...can't really complain.
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  • Tanya (Tee)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5I received a free e-arc in exchange of an honest review. The First thing I’m going to say is that I want more. Way more. I want to read about Sam and Penny for the rest of my life. I want to know everything about them. I fell in love with the characters the minute I started reading. The author created amazing, diverse, and strong characters. They are humans, with flaws, and weakness, but they are also so real and raw. I enjoyed the awkwardness their relationship brought up. I love the fact 4.5/5I received a free e-arc in exchange of an honest review. The First thing I’m going to say is that I want more. Way more. I want to read about Sam and Penny for the rest of my life. I want to know everything about them. I fell in love with the characters the minute I started reading. The author created amazing, diverse, and strong characters. They are humans, with flaws, and weakness, but they are also so real and raw. I enjoyed the awkwardness their relationship brought up. I love the fact that neither of them had to change for the other. They both did a personal search to be a better person without even realizing it. I enjoyed the writing style, I will definitely read more from this author. I can say that Emergency Contact is a new favorite. This book gave me so much feels. **Spoilers**The only negative point I have is the rape story. It didn’t bring anything more to the character of the story, and it was unnecessary. I understand why the author wrote that part, but Penny had enough background story and complexity, it didn’t bring more to who she was already. Many thanks to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for the e-arc.
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  • Tina Christopher
    January 1, 1970
    Gorgeous cover and a strong debut.One reviewer described it as "broken characters realizing that being broken together isn't all bad" and I very much agree. A lot happens and at the same time nothing really happens. I liked the characters, but at times there was just a touch too much angst. Penny is unique and I loved the way she thought. The moment she has with Mallory on the beach is one if my favourites. Sam is just wonderful. Completely and utterly broken, but I love how aware he is and how Gorgeous cover and a strong debut.One reviewer described it as "broken characters realizing that being broken together isn't all bad" and I very much agree. A lot happens and at the same time nothing really happens. I liked the characters, but at times there was just a touch too much angst. Penny is unique and I loved the way she thought. The moment she has with Mallory on the beach is one if my favourites. Sam is just wonderful. Completely and utterly broken, but I love how aware he is and how he tries to do better. I was so proud of him when he finally give Lorraine the boot.Really enjoyed the text format, just wish at times it had been clearer who was saying what.I expected the ending to be open because that's the kind of book EC is, but it felt rushed. All this build up and then it's over in a couple of pages? Both Penny's story and Sam's documentary are a big part of the story, but then just kind of fade away.Overall a good read and I look forward to what Ms Choi does next.Trigger warning: rape
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  • Vivien
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this novel, it has not affected my opinion whatsoever. I just want to preface that I enjoyed this novel, I just think it can make a lot of improvements. Although this novel is light because of the romance and the interactions between certain characters, it also touches on more serious topics: mental health, rape, racism, alcoholism, immigration, etc. I appreciate the representation. However, it felt like the author made Penny Lee, the main char Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this novel, it has not affected my opinion whatsoever. I just want to preface that I enjoyed this novel, I just think it can make a lot of improvements. Although this novel is light because of the romance and the interactions between certain characters, it also touches on more serious topics: mental health, rape, racism, alcoholism, immigration, etc. I appreciate the representation. However, it felt like the author made Penny Lee, the main character, Korean-American "just for kicks." Almost nothing about what it's like being Asian-American, and how it affects you. The writing is also very weak and choppy. I love simplistic prose, but even I can write more complex and varied sentences-probably because I imagine my English teacher screaming "compound, complex sentences" in my head. Overall, this is a very cute and enjoyable story.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    Penny Lee didn't hate high school but she didn't love it either...it just was. So when Penny head off to college in a different town, with no one from her high school, she is ready for a fresh start; a new chapter in her life that doesn't include her being 100% apathetic or being the grown up to her mother.Upon meeting her roommate, a girl that Penny has nothing in common with, she is quickly introduced to Jude's friend and quasi-uncle Sam. When a weird encounter with Sam leads to Penny and him Penny Lee didn't hate high school but she didn't love it either...it just was. So when Penny head off to college in a different town, with no one from her high school, she is ready for a fresh start; a new chapter in her life that doesn't include her being 100% apathetic or being the grown up to her mother.Upon meeting her roommate, a girl that Penny has nothing in common with, she is quickly introduced to Jude's friend and quasi-uncle Sam. When a weird encounter with Sam leads to Penny and him exchanging numbers, what starts as a quick text every now and then soon leads to them pouring their hearts out to each other over texts and phone calls. Pretty soon Sam and Penny must admit to their feelings before it is too late to miss on on what could have been. Compulsively readable and fun...I couldn't put it down and I can't wait to re-read this story!Thanks to Simon & Schuster for the ARC!
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  • Kirstin (gryffindorkwinchester)
    January 1, 1970
    I recently received an ARC of Emergency Contact from NetGalley, so a huge Thank You to them and to Simon and Schuster Canada for the early read!FEEEEELINGS! Just like with Nice Try, Jane Sinner and Fangirl – I am LOVING these YA books that are set after high school. Penny and Sam’s story just felt so real! Their friendship starts awkward and then, like a lot of friendships today, blossoms over technology. Both Penny and Sam are in their own ways, artists. Penny, an aspiring writer, has some seri I recently received an ARC of Emergency Contact from NetGalley, so a huge Thank You to them and to Simon and Schuster Canada for the early read!FEEEEELINGS! Just like with Nice Try, Jane Sinner and Fangirl – I am LOVING these YA books that are set after high school. Penny and Sam’s story just felt so real! Their friendship starts awkward and then, like a lot of friendships today, blossoms over technology. Both Penny and Sam are in their own ways, artists. Penny, an aspiring writer, has some serious problems with her mom, and couldn’t wait to leave her hometown behind. Sam, an aspiring movie director, is fresh out of a crap relationship, is broke, and is sleeping on the floor of the coffee shop he works at. The characters were realistic and loveable and the book was adorably awkward, overall a delightfully cute contemporary that I would totally suggest to YA contemporary fans.
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