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Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Emergency Contact

by Mary H.K. Choi

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"After a chance encounter, Penny and Sam become each other's emergency contacts and find themselves falling in love digitally, without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other"--

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YA romance between Penny, an incoming creative writing college freshman and Sam, a slightly older film school major. Their friendship unfolds mostly in the online/virtual world after Penny becomes Sam's emergency contact. There are lots of hurdles to cross to bring their relationship into the real world.
The novel ended on an incomplete note, in my opinion. There were a lot of interesting side characters/projects which I would have liked to have seen fleshed out more/continued/concluded. ( )
  deslivres5 | Dec 8, 2019 |
"Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi | SLJ Review

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Feb 27, 2018 | Filed in Reviews+

Mary H.K. Emergency Contact. 400p. S. & S. Mar. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534408968. POP
Gr 9 Up –This debut novel examines modern relationships in the age of smart phones. Penny Lee leaves behind her humdrum high school years and meets her new college roommate Jude, who introduces Penny to her tattooed, mysterious, and sexy young uncle, Sam. After a strange chance encounter, Sam and Penny become each other’s emergency contact. Choi creates an up-to-date and realistic contemporary romance by upending the love story trope. Miscues and miscommunications, which often propel romantic plots forward, are replaced by open and constant screen-to-screen communication. The tension exists in the development of the relationship, starting with just texts, and evolving to a multi-platform, “in real life” friendship. In alternating chapters, Penny and Sam reveal their innermost thoughts. Choi explores love, family issues, identity, loneliness, and acceptance in the context of 24/7 social media. Despite the ever-present contact, deeply connecting with another human being remains remarkably difficult. Choi creates another layer of meaning by addressing the microaggressions that Penny, who is Korean American, faces. The protagonist’s response is handled deftly. An internal monologue includes a multiple-choice list of potential reactions to external situations that will ring true with readers and make them appreciate Penny’s wry sense of humor and direct approach. VERDICT A highly recommended purchase for the teens who enjoy realistic relationship fiction. Recommended for fans of Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything and Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park.–Eva ­Thaler-­Sroussi, Needham Free Public Library, MA"

This review was published in the School Library Journal February 2018 issue. ( )
  AmandaBarn | Jul 15, 2019 |
This was an engaging and quick read. It did not seem realistic to me that two college age kids would be that good at communicating their feelings and not get weirded out at some point along the way. The relationship didn’t seem realistic but man wouldn’t it be great if everyone could be that open and honest with each other? ( )
  jill1121 | Jun 1, 2019 |
This is ADORABLE. Actual cotton candy for the soul. ( )
  miri12 | May 31, 2019 |
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