Hey everyone! Today I am here with a review of a book that came out this past March. It had sat on my TBR until I finally was able to get around to reading it and sharing a review with you guys!
Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi is an adorable story about two young adults who suffer from anxiety and crazy life situations. They find themselves texting each other back and forth under the title of Emergency Contact, there when they needed each other because life is overwhelming. Penny just started college, while dealing with a rocky relationship with her mother. Sam is a badass barista who is just trying to stay sober and recover from a nasty breakup when he gets the worst news possible. Together, they navigate the situations of being a young adult and getting through life with the support of one another.
*Trigger warning: this book does deal with a victim of rape*
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
Publication Date: March 27, 2018
Genres: Fiction, YA, Contemporary, Romance
Overall, I would recommend reading this book. It is very cute, creative in its own way, and Sam and Penny are adorable. It dealt with several real world issues, one of which being how to survive as a young adult in this world. It was very up-to-date on the technology and the story immerses the reader completely.
All of the characters were very well thought out, all had depths and problems and lives of their own. Sometimes, in a book like this, the side characters can seem like they don’t do anything when not in a scene or mentioned, but that does not happen.
Sam and Penny have an adorable relationship that I could gush over forever. They are also good independent characters and alternating the speaker every chapter (changing between Sam and Penny) helped to keep the story moving forward without getting too tired of just the one character’s viewpoint.
Emergency Contact also dealt with real world issues. Penny and Sam face anxiety attacks, the stress of going to a college, difficulties with problems at home, and other issues such as an unexpected pregnancy and rape. It is a lot to unpack, but Choi did a very wonderful job of putting all of these together in a very real world view all while making the reader laugh.
I highly recommend this book if you are in a reading slump or just want a quick read. Also if you like gushy little college romances that are quick and predictable but unpredictable at times. It’s a fun read and I had so much fun with it.
Thank you so much for reading.
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