I really like books that I can relate to, and I can relate to this one so much. I was a total teenage rebel, so while the majority of my classmates spent their 18th birthdays getting drunk in a field (remember, I’m from a small town in Wisconsin), I went to see one of my favorite local bands play in a cafe and then headed to a diner for a midnight snack with one of my good friends.
In that diner, I met a guy. We exchanged numbers and spent the next year texting and calling each other constantly
. We could call each other in the middle of the night if we needed to talk, and it was amazing. Somehow it’s easier to be yourself with someone you never have to see face-to-face. Unlike Penny and Sam, there was never any underlying romance between the two of us. But still, this book took me right back to those days and made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
I’ve seen a ton of negative reviews of this book that mention how unlikable Penny is. I think that what a lot of other reviewers disliked about her is exactly what made me love her. She’s a real eighteen-year-old. She’s not perfect, she can make some kind of dumb decisions, she’s still learning who she is and how to live her life, and she’s trying her best.
If you’re looking for a cute YA contemporary about heading off to college and finding yourself, I can’t recommend Emergency Contact enough!
PS: I wish I was as good at texting as Penny and Sam.
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