Waiting on Wednesday: Emergency Contact

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

35297272This week I am waiting on
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Publication Date: March 27th, 2018

Goodreads Summary
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.


I am so happy I stumbled across this book. I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary books lately, but I’ve struggled with Young Adult recently. However, this book sounds like one I’d definitely enjoy. Let’s be honest, we’ve all had those awkward, fumbling encounters that have you cringing at yourself. So, I think we can all relate to Sam and Penny on that front. Beyond that, I think both characters will have an interesting journey and I can’t wait to see how they factor into each other’s lives.

What’s your most anticipated book?

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