FTC Full Disclosure: Prizing will be provided by Simon Teen, who also sent a copy of the book to me. (Thanks, y'all!)
Mary H.K. Choi's Emergency Contact (available now) is about two strangers who form an unlikely connection via text -- and FYA is giving away a prize pack! Here's the offical word on the book:
“Smart and funny, with characters so real and vulnerable, you want to send them care packages. I loved this book.” — Rainbow Rowell
From debut author Mary H.K. Choi comes a compulsively readable novel that shows young love in all its awkward glory — perfect for fans of Eleanor & Park and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
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.
You totally want to know more about the book, right? Check out this annotated excerpt, as well as the interview below with Mary herself!
About the Author:
Mary H.K. Choi is a writer for the New York Times, GQ, Wired, and the Atlantic. She has written comics for Marvel and DC, as well as a collection of essays called Oh, Never Mind. She is the host of Hey, Cool Job!, a podcast about jobs, and is a culture correspondent for VICE News Tonight on HBO. Emergency Contact is her first novel. Mary grew up in Hong Kong and Texas and now lives in New York. Follow her on Twitter at @choitotheworld.
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To celebrate the release of Emergency Contact, FYA is giving away the following prize package to one lucky reader!
• A copy of Emergency Contact
• An Emergency Contact-branded PopSocket
• A $50 Visa gift card for meet-ups with your own emergency contact
For a chance to win, simply leave a comment with the YA character who would be your emergency contact. A winner will be randomly chosen on Monday, April 9th. (U.S. only -- sorry, everyone else!) (contest closed)
Emergency Contact is available now.