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    Slow but great character development

    First up, Emergency Contact was one of the books of 2019 I was greatly anticipating. Unfortunately, although it was a solid read, it was a bit disappointing for me. My biggest problem with this book was the pacing. It was quite slow throughout the whole book and this affected how I liked the book the most. There were moments where I really liked a scene or laughed and felt engaged, but those were rare. The story only picked up in the last quarter or so but that was already towards the end. The number one thing I liked about the book, however, was the character development and the growing friendship and romance between the two main characters. The characters were very flawed and it felt well-written and realistic. Nothing much happens plot-wise/action-wise (thus the slow pacing) but if you're really into well-developed characters going about their everyday life, then you'll probably like this more than I did. I think that the author balanced the two perspectives very well. Every chapter alternates between the two characters and it was never confusing. I also appreciated all of the different representations that were present in the story. Penny is Korean American, Sam is poor, both experience anxiety (in particular panic attacks) and both have complex relationships with their mothers. All of these aspects are explored in the story in authentic ways. Lastly, I want to touch on the whole 'Emergency Contact' thing. I think it was a great idea and I loved all of the text messages dispersed throughout the novel. They were always interesting to read and it was another way to learn things about both of the main characters. Overall, a slow read with great character development and a satisfying ending. 3.5 stars rounded down
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    Read this

    Seriously. Read it. That was actually all I had to say, but this review has to be a minimum of 50 characters long.
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    super real and vulnerable story

    and for once someone writes text messages as they actually are. The characters are super complex in the best way possible. Loved it!

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