Emergency Contact - Mary H.K. Choi | Book Review

Pages: 400
Publication: Simon & Schuster
Release date: March 27, 2018
How I got the copy: Netgalley & Purchased
Rating: 5/5

Emergency Contact is told in dual perspective which is something I love because I get both sides of the story in one novel. We follow Penny and Sam going through hard times and when they unexpectedly meet in a desperate time of need it creates this story of unexpected friendship and it's so damn cute!

From the moment Penny and Sam meet I knew I wanted to read more about the both of them. They both have unique stories, they're different but similar and they're both really likable characters. I found both characters are well-crafted, along with the book, and very compatible. I loved reading the text messages between the characters and the slow build up to when they finally realize they're friendship is real regardless if they've barely met in real life.

Penny's a great depiction of being a teenage girl who's introverted and socially awkward from the way she thinks and processes situations and takes things out of proportions. Sam is so grateful and thoughtful as a character, definitely a crafted character that I think most people hoped to find in their late teenage years as a love interest. He's a great cook/baker and works at a trendy cafe as a manager.

The angst from Penny and the switch to Sam's POV balances out the story with real-life issues, which I think allows this book to have its adorable moments but realistically. There are several real-life issues covered in this book from all the different types of people we meet. Being homeless as a young adult, poverty, sexual abuse, broken homes, pregnancy, relationships between parents, growing up, being an immigrant and navigating relationships. It seems like a ton of issues to be covered in one book but it's done with purpose and is necessary to the entire story. What I really love about this book is that it shows how everyone is fighting their own battles, openly or not, and we need to truly think about that before jumping to conclusions or judging others.

Emergency Contact is well-written, funny and an amazing book. Mary H.K. Choi is definitely a new author I'll be keeping my eye out for and hopefully waiting for another book. I can't say enough have great this book is and how beautiful it is.

*A copy of this book was provided to me by Simon & Schuster Canada and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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