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Emergency Contact
Emergency Contact | Mary H. K. Choi
From debut author Mark H.K. Choi comes a compulsively readable novel that shows young love in all its awkward gloryperfect for fans of Eleanor & Park and To All the Boys Ive 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 doesnt actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, its seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she cant wait to leave behind. Sams stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a caf 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 hes 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 its less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touchvia textand soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.
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cleoh
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This was such an adorable read. I really love that it takes place in university instead of high school! I can‘t wait to pick up Choi‘s other book! 🤩

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readordierachel
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Inflated my heart like a balloon ❤

Perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell. Highly recommend.

Eyelit I really liked this one - even though it got Austin wrong 😂 3mo
readordierachel @Eyelit Ha! I've only been to Austin once, for like a day, so I had no idea. 3mo
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Megabooks
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This is the kind of YA romance that I can get behind. Read it if you don‘t like YA. Read it if you don‘t like romance. Because really, it transcends both. It took me right back to making those friendships that last a lifetime. That kind of crazy bonding that doesn‘t happen after 25. Fantastic characters I could really love and root for.

That said, the audio is shit. Definitely read, don‘t listen!

sudi Great review 👍 3mo
Megabooks @sudi Thanks!! 😊😊 3mo
k.reads.5 Great review, totally agree! The writing was so rich and sharp, loved it. 3mo
Megabooks @k.reads.5 it really was! I‘m not a huge YA fan, but I loved it! Thanks 😊 3mo
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Megabooks
Emergency Contact | Mary H. K. Choi
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I‘ve been listening to this #audiobook while running around town all day! The audio itself is terrible. Sam‘s narrator sounds like the Marlboro man, not a 21-year-old college student, and I just don‘t like the VO artist doing Penny.

HOWEVER, the story is fantastic!! It‘s so good, it is overcoming the audio limitations!

readordierachel I'm reading this in print now and it is just delightful 3mo
Megabooks @readordierachel It really is!! 3mo
OnlyYoo Lol Malboro man. I swear I already smell the cigarette smoke 😂 3mo
Megabooks @OnlyYoo Maybe not him exactly but definitely a smoker than is waaaayyy older than 21. It‘s just totally not believable. 3mo
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That-Bookish-Hiker
Emergency Contact | Mary H. K. Choi
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Met Mary H.K. Choi today at Powell‘s. Laini Taylor was the moderator and the conversation was truly wonderful. She was funny and amazing of course.

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erinreads
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I wish I was liking this book more, I just don‘t feel connected to the characters at all. The text exchanges between Penny and Sam are fun, though, and it‘s a pretty quick read, so I plan on finishing this morning at least. And then I really should go do some yard work before it gets too hot. Or I could just stay in and start a new book? 💁🏼‍♀️

ReadosaurusText This is on my TBR list, so this is good to know. It is a very cool cover! 3mo
Kaylamburson I struggled with this one a lot. 3mo
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hes7
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This was cute, but I‘m mostly feeling “meh” about it right now. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Book 11 of #SummersEndReadathon ✔️
Time: 49h3m

#bfcr3 #smallsteppers

Clwojick 49h! Way to go! 💪🏻🌟 3mo
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xoKatie
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*swoon* this book is incredibly cute. That is all.

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xoKatie
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*swoon* this book is incredibly cute. That is all.

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AlisonM
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I‘m a sucker for a cute cover, alternating narrators, and young love. This book checked all those things. A quick, easy read, with an ending that left me wanting way more! #Book22of2019

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mandi1082
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This book alternates between two main characters Penny and Sam. Penny is just starting College when she meets her roommates 'Uncle' Sam. Penny runs into Sam again when he is on the street having a panic attack. That is when texting back and forth begin.

mandi1082 I found this book to be an easy read. After reading some reviews I realized your either going to like it or hate it. I liked the characters and there slow burn friendship. There are trigger warnings for rape, panic attack and racism. I'm glad I read this now because the second book should be coming out here soon. The first one did leaving you wanting more from these two. 4⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds interesting! 4mo
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Readergrrl
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Choi‘s writing is delightful! The dialogue wasn‘t contrived or cliché. Not once did I feel, as a ?? of a more *ahem* refined age, I couldn‘t relate to Penny&Sam. I was quickly involved and invested in their relationship and I LOVED that BOTH narrators were complex with interesting subplots. Lots going on: mother/child/friends/college/writing and filmmaking/alcoholism/toxic relationships... something for everyone! I just wish the end was longer!

Lovesbooks87 I wished the end was longer too! 5mo
LiteraryinLititz Thanks for that review! I assumed I wasn‘t the target audience for this one, but I‘m going to stack it! 5mo
Readergrrl @LiteraryinLititz Absolutely! I almost passed it up, but then picked up a hard copy because the cover was so attractive. I‘d already seen it here on Litsy so much that I was intrigued. So glad I went with my gut and put it in my shopping basket! 5mo
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Even though this took me over week to finish this book I truly enjoyed it.

This truly was an adorable story with some heavy subjects that didn‘t weigh down the story. I enjoyed Penny and Sam‘s back and forth through text, so cute.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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NHLibrarian
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A not overly complicated YA about two people who find each other and help one another to understand life and figure themselves out.

Bonus shot of my desk 🤓

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marslujan
Emergency Contact | Mary H. K. Choi
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Penny thought of this Korean saying for when you really, really liked something. You‘d say it “fit your heart exactly.”

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Texreader
Emergency Contact | Mary H. K. Choi
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Thank you @Mem_ugh for the gifts! This book reminds me of Eleanor and Park so I‘m hoping it‘s as good! And I‘m hoping to get more organized with the cool to-do notepad and I ❤️ the picnic blanket. It will get put to good use! #summerreadingswap @rather_be_reading

Lovesbooks87 I loved this book and it did remind me a lot of Eleanor & Park! Enjoy! 6mo
crazyspine Love the notepad 6mo
ephemeralwaltz How lovely! 6mo
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rather_be_reading love it! 🌞 6mo
Mem_ugh I loved Eleanor & Park and Emergency Contact is definitely one of my recent favorites, I hope you like it as much as I did! Happy summer reading! 🌞🌞 6mo
Texreader @Mem_ugh Oh I‘m so thrilled it comes with your recommendation! That‘s a very sweet personal touch. Thank you!! 6mo
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ness
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Finished this on my drive home yesterday! I liked it, but there was a lot of ableism. Still, it‘s a lovely romance about family, mother-daughter relationships, anxiety, and female friendships. Big tw for rape (it doesn‘t occur on the page but one character describes what happened to another), panic attacks.

As for #BFC, this week + next are #ALAAC19 weeks, so I‘m taking a break from running. Still did my yoga! #BookFitnessChallenge

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mrozzz
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Ahhhhh I felt butterflies I felt joy I had several public laughing fits- this book was all that & a bag of chips. It made me feel as good as To All the Boys I've Loved BeforeAND Fangirl both did. Penny who, let's be clear is wholly unique & likely written with some of Choi's own weird/awesome shine, had a bit of Cath's personality and Lara Jean's confidence + a combination of their humors and awkwardness- she and the book were just... excellent.

MarriedtoMrT This book has been on my radar for some time but your reference to Cath might just have shoved it higher on my TBR! 6mo
Nebklvr Love this review! 6mo
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RealLifeReading
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Second YA book I‘ve read by a Korean-American author that mentions trypophobia! The first was in Maurene Goo‘s The Way You Make Me Feel.
The funny thing is I‘ve always had this thing about seeing little holes. It doesn‘t freak me out but little holes clustered together always gives me goosebumps. And so when I read it for the first time, it was like, oh hey there‘s actually a term for this!

Moray_Reads Trypophobia gets me too. It's not just holes though, for me it's also uneven textures and things like cracked mud 7mo
JamieArc Oh wow! When I was younger, I always had these nightmares and they were the worst, but I never knew how to describe them because they were about textures, shapes, and sounds maybe. 7mo
Chocomeiske @Moray_Reads I didn't even know there was a name for this. 7mo
UwannaPublishme I almost thought that was “typophobia.” I‘m definitely allergic to typos! 🤣 7mo
tywritenow Pomegranates. Do they count? My sister is always eating them & I told her they look like the devil‘s fruit. Fine as a flavor but I can‘t stand looking at them. 7mo
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RealLifeReading
Emergency Contact | Mary H. K. Choi
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Had an outpatient procedure this morning which has left me tired and still a bit jittery. All of my books seemed too heavy so I downloaded some YA to keep me company on this surprising rainy day.

Kalalalatja Hope everything went well and that you have a speedy recovery! 🤞 7mo
kathedron Be well! 💐 7mo
wanderinglynn Hope you feel better soon. 💚 7mo
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MallenNC Feel better soon! I hope you can enjoy some reading. 7mo
Crazeedi Sending get well wishes! 7mo
Notafraidofwords Loved this book. Feel better! 7mo
SW-T Hope you feel better soon! 💐 7mo
AmyG Feel better! 7mo
BookNAround Feel better soon! 7mo
Skyrimir I hope you have a speedy recovery! 7mo
batsy Take care and hope you feel better soon 🌻 7mo
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karthaly
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I read a lot of dark lit, and that can get heavy after awhile. During times like these, I like to turn to "Slice of Life" YA books like Emergency Contact as a palate cleanser. This book definitely did the trick (while it covers it's fair share of heavy subjects), and I enjoyed the characters and the pacing.

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Holliesplaining
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Adorable YA I found at the library. It made me feel feelings. (Also - really excellent cover art!)

RaimeyGallant Love the cover. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 7mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 7mo
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thelizflynn
Emergency Contact | Mary H. K. Choi
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I‘m almost done with this one, and I‘m enjoying it so far. Not my super favorite, but it‘s entertaining! #audiobook #litsyAtoZ

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chlolovesbooks
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5

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HeatherBookNerd
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Finished this one last night while I was WIDE AWAKE at 4:00am. Loved it. And this is one of my favorite book covers ever.

#insomniareading

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megansaurusrex
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I fell in love with the way Penny and Sam noticed the little things about each other, stuff people wouldn't normally notice or like about themselves. I also like that she pointed out the "flaws", like Sam being too skinny and Penny having thick thighs. It made them more realistic. For a full review, check out my blog at papertimemachines.blogspot.com

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pasiphae_reads
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Books # 9-12 I‘ve read in 2019! 📚
9. “Emergency Contact” by Mary H. K. Choi ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨/5
10. “The Whole Package” by Alexa Riley ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
11. “Foundryside” (# 1) by Robert Jackson Bennett ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
12. “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨/5
#books #reading #goodreads #goodreadschallenge #thesilentpatient #foundryside #emergencycontact #thewholepackage #alexariley

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KirstieE
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Okay woah, that was not at all what I was expecting. Much more emotion and depth than I thought. I adored these characters because they're relatable and messy, yet hilarious and real.

5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 #YA

Dragon Agreed, great book 👍🐉 9mo
BooknerdsLife Oh! I did not expect that! Adding to my never ending tbr list 😆🤗 9mo
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Missusb
Emergency Contact | Mary H. K. Choi
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#currentlyreading #bookclub is on tomorrow night. I haven‘t started yet. Oops. #coverlove plus #orchid

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Lovesbooks87
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I LOVED this book. I don't know why I let it set on my bookshelf for so many months without picking it up! I loved Sam and Penny and how their relationship evolved! I didn't want the book to end. I wish it could have been longer to get to see Sam and Penny together more! Can't wait to see what this author writes next! 💜💜💜💜

JoScho Me too! 10mo
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KristenDuck
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Emergency Contact is an all right read for fans of young adult novels.

It‘s a modern love story of a new college student and an aspiring documentary film maker who communicate mostly through text messaging (which was a bit hard for me to grasp.)

The ending is highly predictable yet I did find myself wanting to read more. Like I said, it‘s definitely not a bad piece of young adult fiction - I think you just have to be in the mood for it.

megnews I love your mugs ❤️ 10mo
KristenDuck @megnews thanks! 10mo
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swishandflick
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Woot! So stoked for this! Not in the Litsy database yet, but I loved her first book! Available for preorder now.

BookHoarder32 Wow! Awesome! 10mo
Dragon I would definitely stack it , enjoyed the first book 😀🐉 10mo
Notafraidofwords I loved her first one. 10mo
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JoScho
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💜 Currently loving Penny and Sam
💜 I don‘t really have one but daffodils make me think of being a kid
💜 Always chocolate
Thanks for the tag @Eggs and @bookish_wookish 🥰
#hellothursday #goodbyethursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 💜 10mo
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JoScho
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I loved this book and I loved Penny and Sam. They are a great couple 💕 #lovehate

ErinSueMreads I love that cover. 10mo
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jesseastin
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It took me a while to like this book,probably because the protagonist is so judgmental,I wanted to drop kick her,the people are so dysfunctional,and there‘s no positive family interaction.I may also be coming at my views as a mom,not a teenage girl.I‘m very glad I stuck with it,though.The cover art is gorgeous,there are some wonderful descriptive passages in the writing.I really enjoyed it,even though the characters could all use some therapy

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Carleneishere
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Your spelling is top notch 😂

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bookseller_cate
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Sending this out in hopes of it crossing the eyes of some Calgary peeps. Owl‘s Nest Books is starting a new book club especially for adults who love Y.A. Fiction.

First meeting is March 4th at 7:00pm to discuss Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi. More info at owlsnestbooks.com

#bookclubs #yyc #yycbooks

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 🤔 I may need to look into this. Thanks for sharing! ... @thereadingowlvina 10mo
bookseller_cate @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That would be great. And as with all the store‘s clubs, drop ins will always be welcome and folks can join anytime. 📚😊 10mo
thereadingowlvina Thanks for sharing! 🤗 10mo
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Carleneishere
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Loving that my book matches my cup

Reviewsbylola I‘ve got this one on my TBR. 10mo
DoonTheGoon This book was adorable!!! 10mo
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sarahgreatlove
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I‘ve been waiting a really long time to read this 💗 it didn‘t disappoint. I picked it up because if Rainbow Rowell raves about it, I‘m all in. I loved Penny and Sam and it gave me those Fangirl feels, which was lovely. I did feel old while reading it but, oh well 😂 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Sue
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Hey folks! I‘m part of the Aussie Emergency Contact blog tour - you can check out my post here: http://doddyaboutbooks.com/2019/01/19/blogtour-emergency-contact-by-mary-h-k-cho...

I absolutely love this book, the characters are great and Choi explores some really interesting concepts. Of course there‘s a more in depth review on the blog 😬 .

shelf-devoted Really keen to read this one! 11mo
Sue @shelf-devoted It‘s so good! 11mo
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BookNerd9906
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A book that never would have been on my radar if it weren‘t for the recommendation of the lovely @Mem_ugh and @monalyisha for hosting #newyearwhodis I am so glad I read it, and ironically there was a reference in the book to the song by Switched Up, by Nick Grant so now I also get where the #newyearwhodis hashtag came from. Lol, I must be getting old. #notashipasiusedtobe

LauraBeth I still want to read this one! 11mo
Mem_ugh I‘m so glad you liked it!! 11mo
Elma This is on my #newyearwhodis list too. Can't wait to read it. 11mo
BookNerd9906 @Elma Awesome! You‘ll have to let us know what you think. 11mo
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JoScho
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This book is cute. I really liked Penny and Sam and thought their relationship was pretty great. They are both flawed, have family drama, and are lonely souls until they become each other‘s emergency contact. The term is used loosely and they basically support each other through text on a daily basis. It gave me the warm and fuzzies more than once. 🖤
This was my E for #litsyatoz

thebluestocking That sounds delightfully Rainbow Rowell-y. 11mo
Texreader @thebluestocking That‘s what it reminded me of too! 11mo
Dragon I enjoyed this one 👍🐉 11mo
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BookNerd9906
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Decided to pick up this one while I‘m still waiting on some of the others to come in from my library holds @Mem_ugh #newyearwhodis

@monalyisha

monalyisha I like this cover art so much! 11mo
Elma This is on my #newyearwhodis too. 11mo
Mem_ugh I really liked this one, it‘s a bit odd but I made me smile. @monalyisha The cover art is what drew me in, I judge books by their covers 😁 11mo
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Alanyaaass
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~I like knowing you exist~
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First read of 2019 - starting the year off strong
#emergencycontact #diverseya #ya #maryhkchoi #januaryreads #litsy #2019reads

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy! 📚☕📚 11mo
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KiePen
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Emergency Contact was beautifully written and character development was amazing! I loved it so so so much!!

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KiePen
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"His shoulders were killer too..."

(The reason we can't wear off the shoulder shirts in school someone is gonna be like this. XD)

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mcbutter14
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I loved this book! Penny (one of the main characters) was so easy to identify with, and all the characters seemed so real. Enjoyable and funny! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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You don‘t choose [art]. It chooses you. If you waste that chance, your talent dies. That‘s when you start dying along with it.~Emergency Contact, Mary H.K. Choi

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KiePen
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"A character that scares you is worth exploring."

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HeatherBookNerd
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Merry Christmas to me!

Chrissyreadit Fun socks! 11mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Love those socks!! 11mo
BookishMarginalia 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 11mo
Librarygirl88 Just finished Emergency Contact was really great 11mo
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