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
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction

Reviews Emergency Contact

  • Lola
    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 (Hailey in Bookland)
    2.5*? I’m undecided
  • emma
    Okay just hang on one quick second we’re going to talk about the actual, you know, contents of this book but first: are you seeing this cover. My god.I was killing several hours in a Barnes & Noble (not because I was waiting for something or anything, but because one of my favorite activities is “residing in a bookstore for long enough that I am forced to wonder whether I should update my listed address in several databases/paperworks”) whe...
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    If ever there was a book that truly embodies the term ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ it is this one.Before I get into it, let me just tell you that the book starts off with the mc slut-shaming her mother in front of all her friends. There. That should give you just the right amount of idea as to what kinda trash this is...I feel so cheated. And exhausted with anger. Finishing this book was a struggle. I won’t lie. I had somewhat of a s...
  • C.G. Drews
    I am absolutely wholly and messily in love with this book. It totally caught my heart and I turned into an invertible bucket of soapy emotions. I just??? loved everything about it. The anxiety rep was SO GOOD. Not to mention I am half in love with Penny and Sam and by the end I just wanted to tuck this book to my chest and hold it forever.I knew I’d like it…but noooo. I LOVED it. It’s a story of college and the awkwardness of growing up and...
  • 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...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Uhm wow so I really fucking liked this? This book definitely isn't without its problems but the characters in this were some of the most realistic characters I’ve ever read and it honestly just really worked for me. I’m a big fan.
  • jessica
    this book summed up in two words - triggering and problematic. as someone who has a strictly textual friendship with another person, i relate with penny more than any other main character i have read about in quite some time. i understand her relief at having someone she can talk to without any fear or boundaries. i know exactly how penny feels when she comes to rely on those texts to get her through the day. and the moment when she realises she ...
  • 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 damp....
  • Chloe
    So I loved this. It definitely isn't flawless and there were quite a few lines that I hated but I loved how flawed and real the characters were, the relationship that is built, the anxiety rep, the themes that this book tackles and more.CW: racism, alcoholism, toxic relationships, rape, cheating, depression, anxiety, panic attacks
  • 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!
  • 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 ...
  • Elyse Walters
    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...
  • hillary
    DNF 59% | 04/09/18I could have spent the entire month reading only this book to have it on my 2018 reading challenge since I’ve surpassed the halfway point, but I just don’t care anymore. I am worried that if I push myself I’ll end up in a reading slump. I’m so bored and I can’t connect with the characters. I thought I liked Sam but now I’m tired of his negativity. Penny is just plain egocentric and I didn’t like her at all. She wan...
  • 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 ...
  • Lily ☁️
    All I wanted was a cute contemporary read …*The fact that the main character calls her own mother a MILF is making me very apprehensive.Blog Bloglovin’ Tumblr Instagram All I wanted was a cute contemporary read …*The fact that the main character calls her own mother a MILF is making me very apprehensive.Blog ¦ Bloglovin’ ¦ Tumblr ¦ Instagram
  • 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
    REREAD 2/2019: yup i still love it *crying emoji*this book is so beautifully awkward and eccentric i love it
  • monica kim
    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 are 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 though...
  • 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...
  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    Ugh. Need I say more? I read 20% of this book (which is under my normal guideline to read at least 30% of any book). I didn't need to read anymore of it to know that I was never going to be interested. Things that drove me crazy in Emergency Contact: 1) She covets her phone like it's sacred. It's an important device, I get that but it doesn't need to be worshipped or be anyone's "precious". 2) I know lots of young girls say these things, but I d...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    i LOVED this!!!!!
  • Amy Leigh
    2.25 stars. This is one of those books you will either love or hate and I found myself wanting to DNF this book but I couldn't. When I first saw this book and read the blurb I got really excited and expected a fun and fluffy contemporary romance. I fell in love with the gorgeous cover and couldn't wait til I could finally get my hands on this book. I'm so glad I got it from the library and didn't buy it. I really didn't like Penny. She was very s...
  • may ❀
    i wholeheartedly went into this book expecting to hate it and yet here we are \_(ツ)_/ this is solid proof that dreams can come true (okay but for real this was surprisingly super entertaining and really fun to read and honestly what more can you ask for?)pros- the main character is a writer and the love interest is a baker and i am Weak- the writing was so entertaining and fast paced, i never lost interest- IN BOOK TEXTING- for a fun, cute cont...
  • Karima chermiti
    Full review posted : 24/07/2018 Books real when shared pick for the month So I’m doing this, I’m writing a review for emergency contact and I’m feeling like I’m killing my brain cells just by thinking about it. You know it’s never an enjoyable task to write an extremely negative review but I need to explain why I didn’t love this book at all.The whole time while I was reading I was shaking my head chuckling to myself because I couldn...
  • Angelica
    Well, I'm conflicted.I really enjoyed this one. It was unlike most YA contemporaries I’ve read in the sense that these characters seemed so real and honest and flawed and interesting and it talked about a lot of pretty serious topics.I loved Sam! He deserves all the love! He was such a breath of fresh air from how guys are usually depicted in YA contemporaries. He’s not afraid to feel his emotions, or do typically ‘unmanly’ things. He’s...