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 do not read YA Contemporary very often, but I love when I get the itch to read one! I picked up Emergency Contact while I was visiting Emily in Ohio this past summer and I finally got around to reading it.
YA Contemps always have a way of making me feel nostalgic, and this book was no different. I live and went to school in Austin so I was getting some serious freshman year of college vibes while reading this story. I really loved the story and the way it was written. I thought the writing was very well done. It was a light, airy read that had real problems embedded in the story.
Sam and Penny were beyond adorable. They were both socially awkward and found that they are more comfortable saying things over the phone versus in person. I loved the way that they relationship developed from strangers, to acquaintances, to emergency contacts, to something more. They were both hilarious and had a morbid sense of humor that really clicked when they were together. I honestly felt that these two were meant to be.
The thing that I always struggle with YA Contemps is that I want a little more from the story. I want to delve a little deeper into the problems and the people. I thought this book was good, but could have been better.
Overall Rating: 3/5 Stars!