A huge thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada; via Netgalley for allowing me to read Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi in exchange for an honest review.
- Alcoholic Parent
- Sexual Assault (recollection memory)
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.
This review contains spoilers.
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi is a book that has two points of view. The first point of view is from Penny, who is just starting her college life. The second point of view that we read from is from Sam, who is struggling to get himself through school.
I didn’t have any problem’s with this book at all. In fact, Emergency Contact is now one of my favourite books. And the cover is absolutely gorgeous. Continue reading