Synopsis(Taken from Goodreads):
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.
The book ‘Emergency Contact’ was quite good. I could relate to Penny in some ways as she continually lived in her head and wasn’t very social. Sam was good too. I loved their banter through their text messages and even the supporting characters played an important role in the story and weren’t just cardboard characters.
I did have issues with it, such as the terms used in the book. I am not a teen anymore, but I doubt teens of today use words like ‘torror'(a combination of horror and terror) and snack-castinated(substitute for procrastination), which I consider a horror in itself. This book also does not delve into mental illness at all. One of the characters is supposedly depressed, but it is never explored in the story and the word ‘depressed’ is used loosely by the characters, even to indicate mere sadness. I don’t consider this book a light-hearted read either since it deals with subjects like alcohol abuse and strained relationships between parents and their kids. I should warn that this book deals briefly with rape as well, so be aware of that before going into the book. Android users will also frown at the overuse of mentions of Apple products in the book, which I thought was unnecessary.
The problem may be that my expectations from this book were sky-high, considering it was so hyped, and that may be one of the reasons I was disappointed. But I won’t write- off this book entirely, as I enjoyed reading it, especially the second half of the book. Overall, the book is a decent read.