Loving someone was traumatizing. You never knew what would happen to them out there in the world. Everything precious was also vulnerable.
For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.
Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.
When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.
There’s something about reading a book that’s raw and real and more than just words. Emergency Contact is 100% my favourite contemporary of 2018. I am so glad I made it my goal this year to read more contemporaries otherwise I never would’ve considered picking this up. There’s something magical that happens when you step outside your comfort zone isn’t there?
The writing style was what got me, those words flowed like a stream, smooth and wonderful. I think I could write metaphors about this book all day. I was smitten with these characters, irrevocably so. They were both layered and complicated and wonderful. And if you’ve been reading my blog posts you’ll think I’m a broken record but when characters develop and grow in a story it completes me. Seriously. It makes me so happy when a character has a “aha” moment and both the main characters flourished in this one. Oh! And the book is set in college, my favourite setting for contemporaries.
Treat yourself with this book! I truly think you’ll love it.
**Thank you so much Simon Teen Canada for sending me an ARC for an honest review, I am smitten.”