Emergency Contact (Paperback)
While Emergency Contact''s romance is far from a meet-cute instalove, it is a cute and fun realistic romance book. Penny and Sam are adorable in their mutual awkwardness anytime they meet IRL. Because they don't have to see each other, it is much easier to talk about anxieties, worries and dreams when simply texting. But will this go beyond friendship? Do either of them want it to? Penny's relationship with her mother is also a great part of this book. Give to fans of Rainbow Rowell or Jenny Han.— Toni, High School Librarian in Littleton, CO
From debut author Mary H.K. Choi comes a compulsively readable novel that shows young love in all its awkward glory—perfect for fans of Eleanor & Park and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
For Penny Lee, high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she’d somehow landed a boyfriend, they never managed to know much about each other. Now Penny is heading 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, you know, see each other.
— Publisher's Weekly - starred review
"Smart and funny, with characters so real and vulnerable, you want to send them care packages. I loved this book."
— Rainbow Rowell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fangirl