on March 27th 2018
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary
Source: Finished Hardcover from Publisher
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.
To celebrate the upcoming release of Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi, I have partnered with Simon Teen to bring you all kinds of cool extras. I’ve got a mini review to share my thoughts on the book, some bitmoji fun to honor the text messaging in the story, a video interview with the author, an awesome giveaway thanks to Simon Teen, and even an annotated excerpt from the author!
In Emergency Contact, our main characters Penny and Sam converse via Text Message. Texting has become a main way of communication for a lot of people. Personally, I love to textm especially when I don’t have time for a full out phone conversation. One of the things that I love to incorporate into my text messages are Bitmoji’s. If you are not familiar with a bitmoji, it is a custom designed avatar that you can have look like you(Or like anything you want.) I love including my little bitmoji as a text response, so today I thought it would be fun to show you a gallery of some of my favorite bitmoji’s.
You can create your own bitmoji for free here or by downloading the app.
Do You Bitmoji? What are your favorite things to include in text messages? Let me know!
Emergency Contact is a young adult contemporary by author Mary Choi. This is the first book I have read by Mary, but I really enjoyed it. The way we connect and converse with people has changed over time, and I really like that not only does this book revolve around characters with lots of their own issues, but it also takes into account the digital world we live in. Emergency Contact follows our two main characters, Penny and Sam, who meet online and converse through text messages. Graduating high school and starting a job or college is a big transition for young adults, and I think Emergency Contact captured this period of life in all it’s realness. Sometimes it is pretty but sometimes it is not. And Mary was not afraid to show the hard and ugly moments, which I really appreciated.
Both Penny and Sam have a lot going on in their lives and within themselves, but I loved how imperfect they each were. They fascinated me individually, and then watching the progression of their relationship was very satisfying. This was not a light fluffy read, but it was enjoyable and cute in its’ own way. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey Penny and Sam took me on. Emergency Contact was a great book from start to finish.
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I have this one coming up and the cover is just stunning!
Glad to hear you enjoyed it!
Karen @ For What It’s Worth
Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books
I love your Bookstagram pic of this book!! The sparklies add a cuteness to it. Also, HOW did we communicate adequately through type without emojis??? Those bitmojis are so cute!!
Michelle @ Book Briefs
hi Michelle. Thank you so much and I agree…how did we text before bitmoji?? I love them so much. A girl in my office recently cut her hair and she looks just like her bitmoji now. I think of it every time I see her. haha!