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.
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This was such a great story, and I'm so happy I picked it up! I definitely didn’t know where it was going based on the description because the characters seemed very singular. Instead, we get a story of two people basically trying to figure their lives out and finding someone that they can trust to help them.
I loved all the characters in this book. Although the plot sometimes reminded me of Fangirl, the characters we uniquely their own. The POVs of Penny and Sam give us the chance to really get to know (and love) each of them; seeing them through each other’s eyes was wonderful. And Jude and Mallory were great additions as both catalysts to Penny and Sam meeting, but also as a way to start to get Penny out of her own head and into RL. I hesitate to say that there was huge character development (I think if there was a sequel, we’d actually see more of that) but the book definitely ends with us seeing the potential for change in Penny and Sam. Both recognize aspects of themselves that they need to work on and realize that they both need to let go of their past to be able to move forward.
Good Plot Movement:
There was never a time when I was reading that I felt like nothing was happening; the story moved well and I credit a lot of that to the POV change. It did so much to bring us closer to the characters and give us a full view of what was happening over the course of the book. Plus, the texting conversations were excellent and I loved reading them!! It made me wish that I was a wittier person, because I definitely wouldn’t be able to keep up in a texting convo with either Sam or Penny.
A Great Love Story:
In simple terms, this was a really wonderful love story. I loved getting to follow Penny and Sams relationship and watch them figure out their feelings. They both need the time and support to go through personal problems, but that friendship shows both of them that there is someone that is meant for them — and that they would be wonderful together. I would have LOVED to actually read more about them as a couple, but sadly the book ended too soon and we are only teased with the knowledge that they have finally moved in that direction. In my heart, I know that they are going to live happily ever after, so I guess that will have to be enough...
I was really, really happy at the end of this book, and that's exactly the way I want to feel at the end of a love story. I loved getting to know Penny and Sam, and watching them get to know each other. There are moments of both their lives that broke my heart, but it was beautiful to also watch them heal each other. If you have some time on your hands and want a book that gives you hope for love, definitely give Emergency Contact a read!
FINAL RATING: 4/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
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