Penny somehow broke down all my walls. Her tech became incidental and her voice endearing, and just like that, I was hooked. Even the texts feel very natural and elegantly woven into the narration.There is much more to both Sam and Penny than quirky character traits and witty repartee . . . While the story does traffic in the heart flutter of romance that is tantalizingly out of reach, its emotional core goes deep.
Choi creates an up-to-date and realistic contemporary romance by upending the love story trope . . . 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.
Smart and funny, with characters so real and vulnerable, you want to send them care packages. I loved this book.
A tender, texting-based teen romance
Readers will swoon over Emergency Contact. Choi has a knack for creating relatable characters, and this quirky, socially awkward love story will keep your cheeks rosy with every page . . . Emergency Contact is the perfect book for those who root for the underdog and believe that broken people can heal together.
Choi sensitively shows the evolution of two lonely, complicated people who slowly emerge from their shells to risk an intimate relationship. Her sharp wit and skillful character development . . . ensure that readers will feel that they know Penny and Sam inside and out before the gratifying conclusion.
Blushingly tender and piquant . . . Choi inserts timely issues like sexual assault, cultural appropriation and even DACA into her characters' intimate conversations, but it is her examination of digital vs. F2F communication that feels the most immediate