Genres: Contemporary, Romance
“Smart and funny, with characters so real and vulnerable, you want to send them care packages. I loved this book.” —Rainbow Rowell
From debut author Mary H.K. Choi comes a compulsively readable novel that shows young love in all its awkward glory—perfect for fans of Eleanor & Park and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
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
Simon Teen is partnering with Teen Lit Rocks for an amazing Emergency Contact giveaway! I wish I could enter it myself, because I love Herschel Supply backpacks, and the branded pop socket is adorable. We get pitched blog tours and giveaways all the time, but we’re picky about which ones we do. But we have a soft-spot for contemporary romance! And if Rainbow Rowell says to read a book, you better believe we’re going to read the book. We encourage you to do the same and pick up Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi.
In the spirit of sharing our love for realistic YA romances, here are 20 more books we love, and we’re sure you do (or will) too! We’ve purposely mixed best-sellers with books we feel are underappreciated:
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
- Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
- Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
- If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman
- Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
- Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
- The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
- The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
- My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
- Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry
- Anna and the French Kiss trilogy by Stephanie Perkins
- The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
- North of Beautiful by Justina Chen
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han
- The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
- The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
- On the Fence by Kasie West
MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mary H.K. Choi is a writer for The New York Times, GQ, Wired, and the Atlantic. She has written comics for Marvel and DC, as well as a collection of essays called Oh, Never Mind. She is the host of Hey, Cool Job!, a podcast about jobs, and is a culture correspondent for VICE News Tonight on HBO. Emergency Contact is her first novel. Mary grew up in Hong Kong and Texas and now lives in New York. Follow her on Twitter at @choitotheworld.
Get to know Mary H.K. Choi in this Blueprint interview.
- copy of Emergency Contact
- branded pop socket
- and a Herschel Supply Co. backpack to be ready for whatever phase is next!
To enter, leave a comment here about your favorite contemporary romance by Saturday March 31st. I’ll pick a random winner and advise them via social media. Must receive your US address within three (3) days of contacting you, or I will choose another winner.
Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Simon Teen.