Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

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...

Details Emergency Contact

TitleEmergency Contact
Release DateMar 27th, 2018
PublisherSimon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Favorites, Fiction, Young Adult Contemporary, New Adult, Did Not Finish, Realistic Fiction, Academic, College

Reviews Emergency Contact

  • Lola Reviewer
    There is a difference between being flawed and being unlikable. 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 rea...
  • Sabaa Tahir
    My absolute favorite feel-good romantic contemp of the year, I'm calling it now. JUST GO READ IT OK
  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    2.5*? I’m undecided
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    If ever there was a book that truly epitomises the term ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ it is this one.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. ...
  • Nat
    Angst, Love, Texts, and TattoosWhen I read through the excerpt for Emergency Contact  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: When it came to perspiration, Penny had a problem. Not that she stank of BO or anything. It’s that from March to around October she was invariably d...
  • 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. what's it about??Penny Lee wants a fresh start at her University and have a de...
  • Larry H
    I totally agree, soon-to-be Princess Meghan! (Yes, I know she won't actually be called that, but I don't care.) I loved loved loved this book, and it reminded me of how good an amazing YA book (or any book for that matter) makes me feel.Penny can't wait to go to college and escape her high-maintenance mother, Celeste. Celeste seems to forget she's the mother and Penny's her daughter, and having to keep avoiding your mother's attempts to be your b...
  • 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 aut...
  • Cesar
    2 stars.Strap in, folks, because I am not happy with this book. I'd much rather chuck it across the room. It failed on so many levels. I'd figured this would be a nice, decent story of two lost people connecting while trying to navigate through life. Sadly, none of that happened. Which made me salty. Saltier than the ocean.I really wanted to like this, I really did. Even after I knew this wouldn't be a good book, my dumbass kept looking for signs...
  • Ashley Nuckles
    Basically started this at 1pm today and finished 9 hours later hahahaThis story was fricken adorable & I loved it so much! The writing was so fun and relatable and I adored Penny and Sam. The only fault I have it that I wanted mooooooore!
  • TS
    4 stars !!! I can see why people hated this, or found aspects of it frustrating or annoying or subtlely problematic or whatever (which is why I couldn't five star this because I didn't absolutely and faultlessly love it), but for once in my life im on the infrared side of the controversial spectrum and everything is good and positive and fucking dandy. this makes no sense I think it's the aftereffects of my month-long sleep deprivation. whatever ...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    This was one of my most anticipated contemporary releases of the year, and while it definitely was not without its flaws, I thought it was all in all a tremendously cute, sweet story. I get so accustomed to reading heavy contemporaries—and don’t get me wrong, this one tackles some really rough topics—but Mary managed to write it in a way that, at risk of sounding really odd by saying this, felt like a geeky, goth twist on the stereotypical ...
  • kat
    1.5 starsI don't actually know how to put gifs in reviews, but if I did know how this would be the place in which I would just place something that was disappointment.one star for the generally healthy nature of sam and penny's relationship and a half star for jude. she's the real mvp.otherwise, the fragile, awkward friendship/more between penny and sam was enough to keep me reading for 391 pages, but I'm saltier than a dang french fry about the ...
  • Elyse
    I liked it.I didn’t like it.I liked it. I didn’t did..didn’t didn’t mostly didn’t. Really didn’t!!!! Overall this was a drain on my brain. From the start I thought it was pretty stupid to be honest ...Milf mom? and her daughter bitching? What’s funny? Or even interesting? The whole thing....What’s the purpose?Why did I care?And what was this book ultimately about and trying to achieve? Others LOVED LOVED LOVED this book....I tried...
  • Jessica
    You know, for a while there I actually thought I might end up liking this story somewhat but now I’m just like, NO. Majorly underwhelmed. 2 stars and I’m being generous.So Penny wants to be a writer, yeah? And she has this professor who critiques her work and gives her advice, talking about the importance of character motivation etc. so I think it’s kinda sad that the author wasn’t able to bring that to paper herself. At the end of the bo...
  • alexandra
    this book is so beautifully awkward and eccentric i love it
  • Stacee
    I loved this book so much and I don’t think I can properly review it... I will apologize for what will likely be a hot mess.Penny and Sam are both great characters who were easy to root for. They're both struggling and they find a lifeline of sorts in each other. I loved how we just got the surface of the secondary characters. For me, it really helped show how Penny and Sam felt: separate and alienated. Plot wise, it's the slowest and most deli...
  • Chloe
    2 stars ★★What a disappointment this was. I love books in which the characters text and this was sold to me as one of these books but they don't even start texting halfway through the novel and the texting is definitely not a huge part of the story.The main characters, especially Penny, were so annoying! I just couldn't care nor connect to any of them. All she does is complain and complain and complain. By the end of the book, I just wanted t...
  • - ̗̀ cinnamon apple ̖́-
    “To be a hero, you had to decide it was you.”UPDATE: changing this to a solid 3 stars bc its actually problematic??? jesus- - - -ok, i told myself a few days after hearing about this literally ALL. OVER. booktube/goodreads that i wasn't going to pick this up. seriously. i thought it was going to be a mix of john greens characters and All the Bright Places plot, and that turned me off. it had sooo much hype and tbh i don't like reading hyped b...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    Top Five Reasons You Should Buy and Read Emergency Contact Besides the Stunning Cover Art1. A poignant tale about two people who come together in the most unexpected way. 2. Relatable characters that feel real and solid.3. Situations that are all too familiar and again relatable in this digital age.4. An accurate portrayal on what going to college and becoming an adult is really like.5. A connection between characters that was every bit as sweet ...
  • BookLover
    ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review. “Jude nudged her. “Can you do me a favor? Can you tell me this story the opposite of the way you’d tell it normally? Start at the beginning and don’t leave anything out.” I set myself up for high expectations on this one after reading rave review from Rainbow Rowell, one of my all-time favourite authors Trying to set that as...
  • Devin
    I’m super disappointed I didn’t like this book. I thought it would be a five star read, as I ordered it as soon as I heard about it. The synopsis seemed so interesting, but the book itself was the biggest let down this far in 2018.I can’t believe I actually finished reading this. Definitely not my cup of tea. The characters were not easily related to due to the extreme amount of negativity they had throughout the entire book. I didn’t see...
  • Monica
    4.5 stars 💕 wow wow wow i adored this! i fell so in love with these weird, messy characters. they felt real and complicated. i loved the way digital communication was treated in this book - it’s so rare to find a books that’s not super condescending about that. and i LOVE that penny is “unlikable.” i hate how there’s this expectation that girls in books can’t mess up or sometimes fail in order to be a good main character. i also th...
  • Audrey
    “Loving someone was traumatizing. You never knew what would happen to them out there in the world. Everything precious was also vulnerable.”(I won't be posting a review for this book on my blog since I don't really have that much to say for this.)I brought this book on a small weekend trip with me since it was a fluffy and cute contemporary, something I could easily rely on to like. I ended up enjoying this book more than I thought. There was...
  • Romie
    “I want to be with someone I can talk to. I wat to be with someone who automatically has a fast folder on me. Someone who feels lucky when I tell them the most unflattering, scary stuff.”I don’t know what it is with 2018, but damn, we’ve been getting incredible contemporary books. I’m in shock. I can’t process this book. My mind is a huge blank right now. I’m just so … overwhelmed? Like is this book real? Or am I making it up? I t...
  • Jasmine
    ***Actual rating: 4/5 Stars*** Emergency Contact indeed gives me a unique perspective of a romance story, featuring the most ordinary characters I’ve ever seen in fictional novels. The female main character, Penny is a Korean-American girl whose mother is a MILF, has a zit on her chin and always brings an entire first aid kit with her as if every day would be the end of the world. Similarly, Sam is a German-Polish guy who’s an aspiring docume...