Emergency Contact

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...

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Title:Emergency Contact
Author:Mary H.K. Choi
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  • Sabaa Tahir

    My absolute favorite feel-good romantic contemp of the year, I'm calling it now. JUST GO READ IT OK

  • emma

    this author is so cool that this book is extremely cool by default, and i think also i am incrementally cooler for having read it. like it's so cool that i a) felt not cool enough, at several points, to be reading it and b) am significantly more cool for doing so.

    SO. COOL.

    this book was not perfect, but also it's good enough to get a straight-to-best-contemporaries-shelf-do-not-pass-go-do-not-collect-$200 card, and also now the author is on my auto buy authors shelf. after just one book! i'm like

    this author is so cool that this book is extremely cool by default, and i think also i am incrementally cooler for having read it. like it's so cool that i a) felt not cool enough, at several points, to be reading it and b) am significantly more cool for doing so.

    SO. COOL.

    this book was not perfect, but also it's good enough to get a straight-to-best-contemporaries-shelf-do-not-pass-go-do-not-collect-$200 card, and also now the author is on my auto buy authors shelf. after just one book! i'm like, blushing, writing this. i have a crush on Mary H.K. Choi and i have a crush on Emergency Contact and on penny and sam and on naming characters so well (penny! sam! jude! mallory! celeste! lorraine! andy! okay scratch that last one kinda).

    okay i have to cut down on the stream-of-consciousness vibe, at least slightly, so i can tell you guys why this book is so rad.

    wait i didn't think i was going to write a full review of this book but clearly i'm going to?? okay. be back with one later i guess

    review to come (this is the me-est thing ever what is happening)

  • Nat

    When I read through the

    for

     back in February, I had a slight inkling indicating it would be well worth the wait. I was hooked, in particular, when I highlighted the opening line that really gets those of us living in the more warmer areas: 

    I do have to say, though, that upon starting the

    When I read through the

    for

     back in February, I had a slight inkling indicating it would be well worth the wait. I was hooked, in particular, when I highlighted the opening line that really gets those of us living in the more warmer areas: 

    I do have to say, though, that upon starting the full book and realizing the aforementioned excerpt wasn't from the first chapter was quite disappointing for me... I definitely had to rearrange my expectations for the following, as the shared excerpt is set way down the road from the opening storyline.

    While readjusting, I also became agonizingly aware of how much time we spent on the many, many arbitrary scenes before Penny finally heads off to college: buying a new iPhone, arguing with her mother for flirting at the Apple store, packing up and heading on her drive to the University of Texas at Austin, actually arriving on campus, entering her shared dorm room, going into the bathroom, rearranging her toiletry bag... SO MANY DETAILS that I shouldn't have to know; pages upon pages of description make my mind wander. In my eyes, all the aforementioned could have been summarized in a couple of pages, instead of dedicating four whole chapters to it.

    There's literally a scene at House Coffee that starts from Sam's viewpoint, where Penny enters with her roommate and her roommate's best friend, and then follows up

    where we left off in Penny's following chapter... Like, *silent-scream* having time jumps of over an hour is allowed...

    But I'm glad I pushed through the longish introduction (low-key because I had already prepared the header image for my review out of excitement and wasn't gonna let it go to waste) because what unfolds is a coming-of-age tale that chronicles the intersecting lives of Penny Lee and Sam Becker, both not to be trifled with.

    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.

    But it's the precise commentary invoked in this book that made me want to stick around. Penny's character had the best lines, as well.

    • Sam is the essence of the

     that goes "when i see a skinny white boy that looks like he hasn’t slept in years," courtesy of Penny's many favorable descriptions for his looks:

    And this priceless line: 

    Also, her appreciation for his many tattoos (sixteen in all) was beyond infectious:

    I was practically craning my neck to get a better look.

    • Things only went up from here when Penny gets some much-needed characterization by introducing her love of writing. Similar to

    , we get to sit in on her Fiction-Writing course, and it was fascinating through the various topics discussed. Her professor, J.A., really channeled in this quote:

    • The impeccable humor in here takes it to a whole other level. The messages exchanged between Sam and Penny that had me stifling a laugh more than once. Including the most memorable from Sam's POV after he shoots Penny a mirror selfie, debating if he's overdressed:

    (His responses are on the right)

    "Yah"

    This is that more comical when you know the insider's scoop on Penny's stance with nudes (*shudders @Mark*) and her spot-on "Calm down," poking fun at Sam's earlier use of it, and him lightening the air by making a jab at his earlier panic attack. They're catching feelings as they text, and I'm nothing if not here for it.

    And I nearly CHOKED on this conversation between Uncle Sam and Jude:

    This book is TOO REAL.

    • On another note: Sam and Penny getting caught up in one another was entrancing and intoxicating to witness.

    • More notable observations:<

    Celeste's (aka Penny's mom) take on the signs of love:

    Although I did have minor hindrances to my reading experience, overall I'd conclude by saying that 

    features a realistic story that has emotional depth and ends on a hopeful note. (But I'm mad at myself for thinking the last chapter wasn't the last and being once again shocked at seeing 

    at the head of the page...)

    Lastly, I couldn't have listened to a more fitting song than

    , since Penny and Sam coincidentally share the same pair of beat-up black sneakers.

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    2.5*? I’m undecided

  • Sana

    if you see some crazy bitch screaming, "WHAT A DISSAPOINTMENT" while she bangs two pots together, walking down your street, it's PROBABLY ME.

    akdgajhds i'm so mad because the cover of this book is SO gorgeous. if i was ever to marry a book cover, hands down, it's THIS ONE!!! like, it's just so beautiful??? sadly, the pretty cover is the only good thing about this book.

    Penny Lee wants a fresh start at her University and have a decent life, away from her MILF and embarrassing!! m

    if you see some crazy bitch screaming, "WHAT A DISSAPOINTMENT" while she bangs two pots together, walking down your street, it's PROBABLY ME.

    akdgajhds i'm so mad because the cover of this book is SO gorgeous. if i was ever to marry a book cover, hands down, it's THIS ONE!!! like, it's just so beautiful??? sadly, the pretty cover is the only good thing about this book.

    Penny Lee wants a fresh start at her University and have a decent life, away from her MILF and embarrassing!! mom!! Sam lives in an empty storage room on the second floor of the cafe he works in. he wants to be a movie director once day, but doesn't have enough money to graduate college and pursue that dream. these two meet one day, exchange numbers and become text buddies!!

    i'm going to dive right into it:

    . she's such a judgmental and unlikable character. she constantly judges people and reduces them down to stereotypes and then gets mad when people reduce her (being Asian) down to a stereotype?? well, i do understand why she'd get mad and i love how she spoke against the stereotypes, but that doesn't give her the right to do the same to other people!!

    W H Y

    she's also constantly embarrassed because her mom's a MILF and doesn't wear clothes a "regular mom" should (it was something along the lines of that, i'm not exactly sure because i forgot, it's been a few days!) she also looks down upon her mother for flirting with men. a woman can do and wear whatever she wants?? why are we still fucking judging?? can a woman not flirt and enjoy her life?? one of the characters Mallory also showed some cleavage and Sam thought it was a cry for attention!!! because clearly, you want attention if you're showing your cleavage!!! disgusting. and this is just seen as okay in this book, yikes.

    moving on to the "romance" which is so bleh. their texts had no chemistry and i didn't care at all for their relationship because it was so underdeveloped. their romance felt so forced and unwanted.

    also, this

    it's slow-paced and was really uninteresting for me and i lowkey skimmed the last 40% of this book. i didn't even bother reading the last few chapters, that's how irrelevant this book is.

    THE ONLY good thing about this book is the diversity! Penny is (i think) half Korean and I think Sam was a POC as well.

    2.5 stars.

  • ❄️Nani❄️

    I feel so cheated. And exhausted with anger.

    Finishing this book was a struggle. I won’t lie. I had somewhat of a sneaking suspicion that it was going to piss me off but ever the hopeful, I went for it anyway.

    I hold no one but myself responsible.

    Let it be known that I tried. I finished the whole damn book. I deserve a fucking medal.

    There is SO MUCH wrong with this book. So so so much wrong

    I feel so cheated. And exhausted with anger.

    Finishing this book was a struggle. I won’t lie. I had somewhat of a sneaking suspicion that it was going to piss me off but ever the hopeful, I went for it anyway.

    I hold no one but myself responsible.

    Let it be known that I tried. I finished the whole damn book. I deserve a fucking medal.

    There is SO MUCH wrong with this book. So so so much wrong that I don’t even know where to begin.

    I am also beyond angry that a book with these many problematic things passed through the editing stage.

    I annotated everything that I felt was a giant red flag and problematic so much so that I actually ran out of index tabs.

    This book was offensive on so many levels and the characters had zero redeeming qualities. ZERO.

    If I get into it (the characters in particular) I’ll be here all night.

    I am truly restraining myself here and saying only what I need to say because I sincerely don’t have the mental capacity to revisit all my notes and write everything that SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN WRITTEN. I want to forget I ever read it.

    Finishing it was a miracle alone.

  • Lola  Reviewer

    There is a difference between being

    and being

    .

    My brother is flawed. He always forgets to turn off the lights, close the window in the winter, and only cleans after himself at the last minute, right before he heads back to his apartment.

    But my brother is still extremely likable.

    Now. I don’t know how old the author is, but certainly old enough to forget what it’s like to be a teen. I also wonder how many YA novels she has read in her life, because that is a really weird writing

    There is a difference between being

    and being

    .

    My brother is flawed. He always forgets to turn off the lights, close the window in the winter, and only cleans after himself at the last minute, right before he heads back to his apartment.

    But my brother is still extremely likable.

    Now. I don’t know how old the author is, but certainly old enough to forget what it’s like to be a teen. I also wonder how many YA novels she has read in her life, because that is a really weird writing style.

    I figured out why. The thing is, this author writes to impress. It’s obvious she put ten times more effort in the writing than in the story and the characters themselves.

    BIG MISTAKE.

    Especially since teenagers are not stupid. They can see right through you. They are able to differentiate between a genuine YA story from an author who truly understands young adults, and a fake-it-till-you-make it one.

    But let’s go back to how unlikable Penny is. She judges relentlessly. She has an opinion on everything, from her own mother to the freaking lipstick she wears.

    I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing, but when you say stuff like that (see below), be prepared to have people frown at you and question whether you comprehend certain important concepts, like feminism and stereotypes.

    EXIBIT A

    Right. Because powerful women do not wear makeup. Because makeup is what is keeping women from achieving gender equality. It all boils down to that, I see, I see.

    EXIBIT B

    You just met the guy, and you’re telling me you’re so attracted to him – which you haven’t really mentioned before – that a simple brushing of knees has you almost over the edge? Oh, come on. Also, the only reason you think ‘‘for a second’’ he might be gay is because you believe blindly stereotypes about gay people, while actively criticizing people for reducing you (an Asian girl) to a stereotype.

    I simply cannot stand this book. Do as you wish – read it or don’t read it – but please do think critically about some of the offensive or questionable things the characters say.

    Oh, I have a final example, since I already wrote the passage down on Word a couple of days ago:

    As in, you can’t have cleavage unless you’re desperate for people to look at you? It couldn’t possibly be that you own your own sexiness and just enjoy flirting? Nothing wrong with that. Plus you wouldn’t tell a guy whose buttons are down that he’s vying for attention. You wouldn’t say that about a guy, period. Let’s all stop with the double standards right now.

    Those were Sam’s thoughts… the one character I was hoping to love. Sigh.

    *Apparently, this particular passage refers to the names of beauty products for women as being offensive and ridiculous, so I admit Penny may be right this time around. But that should have been made clear by the author from the start. Thank you to those who enlightened me in the comments section.

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  • jasmine

    boi this guy's hair kinda looks like Kaz Brekker's hair

    i've been reading too much Six of Crows omg

    jk you can never read too much Six of Crows :)

    how did we somehow get from the topic of this book to Six of Crows

    i don't even know

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