Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi

CaptureThis is one of those books where the plot sounds so promising that I haven’t stopped thinking about it until I finally got my hands on a copy.

Penny is headed to college and she’s more than ready to do so. Sam’s trying to get his act together and figure out what he wants to do with his life. Worlds collide when Sam and Penny meet and instead of avoiding the awkward meet-up, they exchange text messages to keep in touch. It’s a simple gesture that turns into a eye-opening experience for the both of them. What’s it like to carry a relationship without seeing each other face to face?

I’ve taken a lot of time to think about Penny…her character really has shaped my rating of this book. I’ve come to the conclusion that I really can’t stand her. I teach teenagers for a living, so I know what goes through their heads and what they say out loud, and Penny is just ridiculous. The way she treats her mother in the start of the book? NOPE. Yes, teens have angst and don’t like to get along with their parents…but the further I read, the more ridiculous it got. It was way over the top and out of line. It’s too bad because I really loved the IDEA of the storyline. The diversity was well appreciated so props to that.

2/5 Stars

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