Emergency Contact

Emergency Contact

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When Penny Lee 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 is 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 chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he's a famous movie director but right this second life is really testing him. When they cross paths it's a collision of unbearable awkwardness. But as they stay in touch via text and share their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster BYFR,, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781534408968
1534408967
Branch Call Number: Y FIC CHOI
Characteristics: 394 pages ; 22 cm

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JCLHebahA Jun 20, 2018

Reminded me of a more modern Eleanor and Park but with a slower burn and slightly older characters who took longer for me to fully warm up to.

samcmar May 22, 2018

I'll be honest: I kind of ignored the hype surrounding this book. I felt like it was going to be a book that I thought would just be "okay" or "that was fine." When I got it in my Simon and Schuster Canada goodies bag from the Ontario Library Association's Super Conference, I was intrigued, but not in the best frame of mind to read this book.

I loved, and slowly devoured Emergency Contact. I picked it up on a whim during a crazy and difficult period in my life, and it's a book I was constantly connecting with. I loved Penny and Sam, and I while they do frustrating and even unthinkable things, I cared about their every action, and I wanted them to be better off by the end. I love that this is first and foremost a friendship novel. Penny and Sam meet in such an awkward, uncomfortable way, and they become each other's "emergency contact" -- the person they connect with when life is beating them black and blue.

This book has a very slow build, but I found myself really loving and engaging with it. This isn't a book I found myself reading quickly, but rather small bits at a time because I found the situations that the characters engaged in to be difficult to read about at times. Sam's plot-line in particular had me yelling and flailing my arms in anger, while Penny I could easily relate to (despite being nothing like her) and seeing how she has to deal with changes beyond her control. The writing in this book is playful, lyrical and fun despite the darker tone in it, and I think Choi does a fantastic job of getting readers to care and emote while reading this novel.

I am definitely going to have to buy myself a copy of this book because I feel like it's one I will get the itch to reread. While I feel like this book is pretty hyped, it's also one I don't think that had that intention in the first place. This is a very quiet book, and one that builds and builds until it crashes so hard that everything feels messy and raw. I love novels like that, and I think it's why Emergency Contact resonated with me the way it did. It's definitely not for every reader, but if you love quieter books that offer a detailed character study of two lost young adults, I think this book is highly worth the read.

JCLEmmaF May 21, 2018

The first half was a struggle, but mostly because I am not excited about the romance genre. However, once I got past my hump, I quite liked this. It does follow a soft and slow romance, but Emergency Contact is about much more, following both Sam and Penny through their realworld struggles and complicated relationships. Helped my brain numb out after the semester, and it absolutely reminded me of Fangirl. Same style as Rainbow Rowell, same thoughtful and smart characters, same exploration of fiction and freshman year of college. I dig the characters and the concepts. Very sweet.

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