Google+ Reading Teen: This Book is the DEFINITION of Adorkable // EMERGENCY CONTACT by Mary H.K. Choi

Friday, April 27, 2018

This Book is the DEFINITION of Adorkable // EMERGENCY CONTACT by Mary H.K. Choi

by Mary H.K. Choi
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (March 27, 2018)
Language: English
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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.
I've been on such a contemp (rom com) kick lately, so I was really excited to get this in the mail. Thanks so much to S&S for sending! 

I seriously devoured EMERGENCY CONTACT, and that's really saying something since I've had such a hard time finding time to read lately. I love that it was blurbed by Rainbow Rowell because I definitely think it will appeal to fans of her books. The witty banter, the awkward moments, the way the characters saw themselves vs how others saw them, the character arcs . . . it was all just so fantastic!

Penny and Sam are both such flawed characters. But they weren't nearly as flawed as they thought they were. I really enjoyed reading a scene from one point of view, and how much of a disaster it seemed to be, then when you read the other point of view, it seemed completely different.

There was so much change and growth that happened throughout the book. I didn't know how on earth these two characters would ever be able to get together, so when they finally figured things out it was SO fantastic. I only wish they had a little more page-time as a couple. No lie, I almost gave this four stars because this book is too big and adorable not to have a least one amazing kiss at the end!!! I loved it, tho. 

EMERGENCY CONTACT so obnoxiously adorkable that I want to squish its cheeks!

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