Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi

Choi’s debut novel Emergency Contact is without a doubt the first book I have finished in awhile. I guess life got in the way and I just kinda lost my passion for reading for awhile, but luckily it has been renewed again. As much as I love my historical romance or a good paranormal fantasy there is really nothing quite like a refreshing contemporary love story to bring you back into the folds of binge reading. I recently made a trip to Barnes and Nobel because even though I haven’t been in the mood to sit and read I am always in the mood to collect more books. On this particular trip I ended up with a total of 6 novels, but that us besides the point, one of those was Emergency Contact. An emergency contact by definition is a person that gets called well in case of emergencies, but sometimes life in general feels very much like an emergency. With the juggle between work, school, relationships, friendship and family is a delicate balancing act that trips up the most skilled of tightrope walkers at some point. Penny is a Asian- American teen that has always been wound a bit too tight. Sam is a too skinny tattooed twenty something who’s life seems to be in shambles. They are brought together by Penny’s happy-go-lucky college roommate, Jude, and they build a friendship based on family troubles, budding adulthood, and general loneliness.

Choi’s novel is a refreshing look into today’s relationships. Sam and Penny are as awkward as the rest of us when it comes to navigating a not only a friendship but a friendship that evolves into something more.  I absolutely loved the novel and I finished it about three days (work was slow but I still had to go and do something). I highly recommend it to anyone who is in a bit of reading slump and needs something to carry them out.

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