Okay just hang on one quick second we ’ re lookin to talk about the actual, you realize, contents of nove but first: are you seeing this cover.
My god.I was killing several hours in a Barnes& Noble ( not because I was waiting for something or anything, but because one of my favorite activities is “ residing in a bookstore for long enough that I am orced to wonder whether I should update my listed address in several databases/paperworks ”) when, like an oasis, or a dusty pink angel, this book appeared.
I read the inside of the dust jacket, said “ yeah ok maybe ” ( by which I mean I saw “ contemporary that involves text messages ” and did everything short of performing an original song entitled “ Hell Yes, his Is Th ery ood Thing ”), and wrote the title down in my notes app.Then I binge read the hell out of it.THE WEEK BEFORE FINALS WEEK.This book is, like, made up of my strength.
But still the background characters of his nove who aren ’ t mentioned very much feel like real people!
But these texts were actually realistic AND fun?? Which brings me to he next section of this review: things it turns out I like but I didn ’ t yet now I liked, because since when are they even an option? ONE: Really pop culture-y dialogue/thinking, but never in a cringey way.
Which I don ’ t kno I have everrr said about a character in book, because kill me first that ’ s embarrassing, but I ’ m ot sorry this time.
Which makes sense, if you kno about it, because o much of it feels like Mary H.K. Choi scooped out my brain and fashioned it into a tidy little package with aesthetically pleasing wrapping ( have I mentioned enough how gorgeous this cover is?) and the contents of my brain are far from perfect, my dear boy.There are some things I didn ’ t super-love about this nove.
( I chose generously, because I am overwhelmingly kind and sweet as everyone say, and yet not because I ’ m in a perpetual beggars-can ’ t-be-choosers situation with the entire contemporary genre.) But what I et he sense is the major issue with th novel is omething I didn ’ t see as a problem at all: the flawed characters.Sam and Penny are not asy to like.
To tel, These characters are clearly unlikable and thus this book is toxic/problematic/just generally unpleasant and we should toss the whole thing into boiling lava, or a trash can if boiling lava proves too hard to realiz.
Maybe, like the characters that opulate it, Emergency Contact is a flawed book.
It is prickly and difficult to reckon with and imperfect.But I think that ’ s what makes people worth liking, and knowing- and the same goes for making books worth reading.Bottom line: We love discovering new auto-buy authors through diverse fun beautiful bitter contemporaries!! Note: Just to clarify, I am 100% not trying to ay that anythin is wrong for not liking his book.
I forget that unlikable/flawed characters are outside of some people ’ s reading preferences, and by all means, if that ’ s you, steer clear of this ook and feel justified in that.
like it 's no cool that i a) felt not cool enough, at variou points, to be reading it and b) am significantly more cool for doing so.SO.
COOL.this book was not perfect, but occasionally it 's ood enough to kee a straight-to-best-contemporaries-shelf-do-not-pass-go-do-not-collect-$ 200 card, and also now the author is on my auto buy authors shelf.
i have a crush on Mary H.K. Choi and i have a crush on Emergency Contact and on penny and sam and on naming characters so well ( penny!