Reasons to Read

5 Reasons You Need to Pick Up Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

February 6, 2018
The Riveted Team
YA Fiction Is Our Addiction

Emergency Contact is here, and we’re so excited! This book is quirky and fun and will leave you utterly enchanted from start to finish. Here are 5 reasons you’re going to want to pick up Emergency Contact pronto.

5 Reasons You Need to Pick Up Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

1. This book contains a romance via texting and is critical to the story.

Choi was interviewed by film critic Richard Lawson and talks about how falling “tail-over-teakettle in love with someone long-distance” informed her writing of Penny and Sam’s text-based love.

2. The cover is “dreamy” in Choi’s words–and we agree!

Follow the #EmergencyContact hashtag on Instagram to see some truly gorgeous photos of this beauty.

3. An emotional story that also deals with anxiety and mental issues in an honest way

In a real and honest way, Emergency Contact focuses on two imperfect people who have emotional issues to face and work through. It’s not necessarily dark, but truly has significant, real-life resonance that grounds this wonderful story in a dynamic, relatable way.

4. It talks about dreaming big dreams, and fighting to make them come true

Both Penny and Sam have goals in mind that don’t exactly mesh with where they currently are. For Penny, it’s writing. For Sam, it’s film-making. Through their texts with one another, they’re able to talk about these goals and their pursuits in a way that they

5. Emergency Contact has already garnered this stellar review:

Smart and funny, with characters so real and vulnerable, you want to send them care packages. I loved this book.”

 –Rainbow Rowell, author of the #1 New York Times YA bestseller Eleanor & Park as well as the hits Fangirl and Carry On


We’re confident that once you read Emergency Contact, you’ll have plenty reasons of your own to love it. Make sure to follow Mary on Twitter and Instagram @choitotheworld and tag us in your Emergency Contact flails on social @simonteen (Twitter | Instagram | Facebook)!

40 Responses to 5 Reasons You Need to Pick Up Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

  1. kmontalvo6 says:

    So excited for this giveaway! If I won, I’d keep it for myself because I’ve heard wonders about this book and I definitely want to read it. 🙂

  2. sevenswanson says:

    I’d love to read this book! I’d probably keep it for myself because that cover is too gorgeous to share <3_<3

  3. A Broken Zebra says:

    That cover is too gorgeous to not keep for myself. A very intriguing novel; I’m in.

  4. Danielle says:

    If I won, I would keep the book for myself, but I definitely would let my sister read it too!

  5. NessaRose says:

    Would totally keep this book for myself. The cover is romantic and tugs at the ol’ heart strings and it sounds exactly like what the book itself would do.

  6. Ellabooks says:

    I’d definitely keep this book to myself as I’ve been dying to read it!

  7. davids12 says:

    i haven’t delved much into the mental health books and i can’t think of a better book to ease me into it, because i’m looking forward to reading more diverse and emotional novels this year. also who could say no to romance? 😉

  8. aglfangirl says:

    If I win this, I will keep it for myself because the cover is just awesome and the story looks A-MA-ZING! I love when there’s text messages that builds the relationship between two characters in a story.
    Also, I love writing and Penny loves writing too so I think I will be able to indentify with her on that aspect!
    I’m mostly entering because that since I first heard about it, I can’t wait to read it. And it’s driving me crazy!

  9. imaginarymargo says:

    I need this book. I am so excited about this book!

  10. Carolyn says:

    I’m definitely going to read it first, but I would love to be able to donate it after (if it doesn’t make it to my keeper shelf).

  11. meridianhc says:

    If I win, I’m totally going to keep the book — it looks amazing and I’ve heard great things about it from reviewers (plus the cover is GORGEOUS!!). I’d probably lend it to a bookish friend or two after. I’m SO EXICITED for this book and I really hope I win!!

  12. Onemamareads says:

    I would keep it for myself, read it, then let my sister’s borrow and read, so we could gush together about the book.

  13. 123sccshelby says:

    I got a sampler for this at YALLFest 2017 and I really need to start it. If I got an ARC, I’d probably read it first…but be nice enough to lend it to the friends I attended YF with!

  14. If I am the lucky winner I would read it and then pass on the love to my best friend!

  15. BNICE says:

    I won the giveaway, I’d obviously read it first and then share it with my sister. Afterwards, we’d pass it onto our cousin. This book already feels like the type of book you need to share with everyone.

  16. butthisbook says:

    If I win. I’m keeping the book. The cover is gorgeous and the blurb sounds amazing.

  17. Tokyovampire85 says:

    I really want this book!! I love the cover too.

  18. ShyGirl6663 says:

    if I won i’d keep the book for myself but let my friend borrow it. i’m so excited to read this book I tried ordering the book from the library after seeing a Facebook ad for it before I realized it’s not even out yet.

  19. overthecomet_ says:

    If I won the giveaway, I’d share the book 3 ways. Share it with my sister and my friend who i can ship the book to since she lives in another state. Currently convinced her to buy They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera and she’s not big on reading alot. So thats how i would share the book if I’d win!! Goodluck to everyone who enters!!

  20. I’d absolutely give this to myself as a birthday gift lol.

  21. Vanessa says:

    I’d totally give this book to myself! I’m very excited for this book! I think that I will really be able to relate to the characters, as I struggle with anxiety as well. It sounds like a book, I will LOVE!

  22. dragon469 says:

    If I won I’d keep this for myself (after forcing all my bookworm friends to read it) and I have no shame in that. The cover was the first thing that attracted me to this book and then I realized the author and mc were Asian (like me). I think it’s important to have the media we consume reflect the diversity in the real world. I also believe that since mental illness deeply impacts so many people, properly discussing the subject is a good way create a bigger community of understanding. Anyways, thank you for the opportunity to win this ARC!

  23. ekshort says:

    I would love to gift this book to my younger sister. She is a big fan of contemporaries and ARCs!

  24. Mzx03 says:

    I love to read new books with a storyline that i haven’t read before. This book seems interesting & different, which is what i look for. If i did win this book i would keep it for myself but would pass it along through my friends so that they could read it too! Whenever the 3 of us get books & we tend to share! #SharingIsCaring #PleasePickMe

  25. Feymich says:

    I’d give this book to myself first 😁
    and then use it as a giveaway with my HS book club ❤️.

  26. DecGrl89 says:

    I would definitely keep this one for myself! So excited to read it.

  27. kimkat726 says:

    this book sounds so good!

  28. ladyl3na says:

    I’m sorely tempted to keep the book for myself but I have a friend who loves these sorts of stories. Maybe a quick read for myself before giving it away? ^_^

  29. Reina Tan says:

    I will keep the book myself or give my friend permission to borrow it

  30. readinggirl07 says:

    If I won I would read it first and then share it with my cousin who is also obsessed with YA. thanks for the giveaway!

  31. If I won, I would read and keep this book.

  32. nkechii says:

    This seems like a book that I would love to read! I hope I win!

  33. Rowanartist says:

    I’d probably “give” it to myself -I need to “treat myself” more without stressing. And I can argue with the description of the cover as dreamy.

  34. xxAmyLeighxx says:

    I would give it to myself and then pass it on to my bff bc we love book swapping with each other!

  35. alyssayuri says:

    That cover though 😍😍😍😍 ever since i saw that cover, i just wanna get my hands on it! Lol! But i also love that it was mention that both of them are imperfect.
    Would definitely love to share this to my bookshelf! Lol! 😂

  36. Victoria says:

    The book sounds really interesting and I can’t wait to read it!

  37. Vic says:

    The book’s cover just looks stellar!!

  38. nerdiiieee says:

    I would love to read a book like this! Can’t wait!

  39. hamjenny says:

    , I would keep the book for myself

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