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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Penny is glad to leave high school behind her. She doesn't have many friends and the boy she's dating might be handsome, but he doesn't give her warm and fuzzy feelings. It's time for a new chapter in her life and she can't wait to start university, where she'll learn how to become a better writer. On her first day Penny meets Jude, her new roommate. They instantly become friends and Jude introduces Penny to a family member, Sam. Sam works in a café and as soon as Penny meets him she feels a connection, but the handsome tattooed guy who's several years older is totally out of her league, or isn't he?

Sam wants to be a movie director, but due to financial difficulties he has a hard time making ends meet. He feels like he's all alone in the world. His ex-girlfriend constantly plays games with him and leaves him heartbroken in the process. He doesn't have a place to live that he can call his own and he's trying to figure out a way to make his dreams come true without having the money that's usually needed in his chosen profession. When he meets Penny something changes. He might have finally found a friend, someone who truly understands him. However, their relationship mainly consists of texts and an occasional phone call, they feel too embarrassed to actually spend time with each other. Is there any hope for them to form a solid bond when their complexities keep standing in their way?

Emergency Contact is a fantastic story. Mary H. K. Choi's amazing way to describe her main characters is making her story a true gem to read. Penny has plenty of fabulous quirks and I loved her straight away. She's smart, talented and outspoken. I especially loved how she always tries to be as prepared as she can be in any situation. She's a serious person and there isn't much lightness in the way she views the world, which gives her plenty of interesting layers and makes her intriguing to read about. I loved the easy way she can talk to Sam. Sam is an intelligent guy with plenty of talents, like baking delicious pies. He's struggling in so many ways and my heart often ached for him. Penny and Sam have a lot in common and reading their chats often made me smile. They've both been through so much already, especially for people their age, and that is something that makes them understand one another. I kept hoping they'd bring each other some much deserved happiness and was so curious to find out more about them that I read their story in one sitting.

Mary H. K. Choi has written an original multifaceted story about friendship, love and family. I was impressed by the way she explores the emotions of her main characters. She makes it possible for the reader to take a look inside of their minds and I felt honored I had the chance to get to know them through and through. Because of her detailed descriptions of frustrations, character traits, lifechanging events and insecurities she makes her story feel incredibly real. Emergency Contact is honest, raw and beautiful. It's a book that fits my heart exactly.

Advice

If you love beautiful emotional stories about love, friendship and family you don't want to miss Emergency Contact.

About Mary H. K. Choi


Hi pals. The big news is that MY BOOK IS COMING OUT ON MARCH 27, 2018 on Simon & Schuster. It's a YA novel called Emergency Contact.

Read an excerpt on EW.com.

Or read this super-righteous STARRED review on Publisher's Weekly. Meow. So cool.

The other news is that I have some appearances coming up.

I'm hanging out at Teen Book Con in Texas on March 24th.

Then OF COURSE my official book launch is at McNally Jackson in SoHo, in conversation with the G.O.A.T., my pal Jenna Wortham on March 27th.

*All the cartwheel emojis*

Pull up!

Then on April 20, 21 I'm at The North Texas Teen Book Festival.

Plus, some L.A. events!

Also, find me @choitotheworld for more updates! xo

Links

Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a hardcover copy of Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi.

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The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

36 comments:

  1. This sounds like an interesting story with realistic, engaging characters!

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  2. Emergency Contact sounds like an emotional, realistic and honest story about finding yourself and accepting who you are and addresses the messy parts of life as well as the sad and the happy.

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  3. I like the story and would love to read it!

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  4. Penny sounds like a fantastic character to read, this is going straight on my TBR :)
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk

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  5. It sounds like a really good read.

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  6. A very interesting novel that sounds extremely captivating and I'd love to read it.

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  7. This sounds like a great read, interesting.

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  8. I need this book. I 100% need this book. I read a review on Goodreads and I'm already in love. I don't feel that way about a lot of books but I get a good vibe from this one.

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  9. This book looks like a great read. Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win!

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  10. Sounds like a good read, thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  11. Raw and honest - sounds great.
    jan

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  12. all i know from reviewers is that its well written and the diversity is awesome. I'm really looking forward to reading it as soon as possible!

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  13. This one sounds so good to me, set in college with an aspiring author and a little romance, it's exactly the kind of book I tend to love.

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  14. This sounds so awesome, and I can't wait to read it!

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  15. I love text fanfiction!! so I know im just gonna love this

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  16. Hello, fellow Mary! :D Your book sounds very touching and sweet and real and I'm very interested in reading it! I really hope it has a HEA - I already feel for these two!! ;) Best wishes for 2018! :)) xx

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  17. Thus books sounds amazing! I’ve heard great things from bloggers and I put it in my TBR list.:)

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  18. I can completly connect with the way the young generation is struggling in todays world. Reading the review alone makes me a bit sad..I don't know how I'll deal with the book. I can't handle emotions.

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  19. This is on my must read list. Love the current feel of this book.

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  20. The Cover is so awesome!
    Heard great things about this book :)
    Thank you for the great reivew :)

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  21. I love the sound of Emergency Contact and explain why on my March 'Adding to Your TBR' post.
    https://crushingcinders.com/tbr-march-2018

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  22. This sounds like a book where you really get invested in the characters,. I love those kind of stories.

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  23. This seems like a book where you really get into the characters' heads. Right up my street!

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  24. this sounds like such a good read

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  25. This sounds like a great read!

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  26. This sounds a fascinating book

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  27. Sounds a great. A story of finding and loving yourself, through the good times and the bad.

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  28. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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  29. This sounds like an honest and intriguing read!

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