Uni High Reads

A book review blog of the Uni High Library

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

“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 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 see each other.” – Goodreads

The teenagers in this book felt SO real, despite the somewhat-contrived plot. Their exchanges feature such beautifully written dialogue and so many parts are laugh-out-loud funny. Penny Lee is a normal teenage girl with relatable concerns and an incredibly compelling inner-monologue.  This writer balances moments of darkness and light exceptionally well, which compelled me to finish it in a single day. A stunning teenage romance that tackles real issues with great authenticity and respect. This is one of the best YA books published in 2018!

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Review by Vicki

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