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Emergency Contact

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sweet, quirky, college romance has lots of sex talk.

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This quirky, sweet romance between a college freshman and a struggling 21-year-old scores best with its engaging, believable characters. Penny and Sam take turns narrating Emergency Contact, so readers not only go inside each character's mind but also get a more rounded view of each one through the other's eyes. The plot's pretty predictable: The thing you know is going to happen sure enough happens. But author Mary H.K. Choi's vividly realized characters make it a journey romance fans will enjoy taking.

Penny and Sam aren't always likable, especially until we get to know them better, but teens will easily relate to them even as they make mistakes along the way. Issues like consent, keeping secrets, long-distance relationships, and falling for someone via text messaging add relevance and food for thought for teens, packaged in an engaging romance that feels real and ends on a satisfying note.

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