Giveaway: Emergency Contact by Debut Author Mary H.K. Choi + Excerpt

Emergency Contact
By: Mark H.K. Choi
In Stores March 27th 2018
“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
Simon Teen sent a copy to check out, and is parenting with OUaT for a giveaway.

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. 

Check out an excerpt from the book annotated by the author HERE.

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In the book, Penny and Sam become confidents via text in this modern love story.
Who are you digitally inseparable with? Share with us in comments below. 

Make sure your phone is never out of reach! One (1) winner receives:
  • copy of Emergency Contact
  • branded pop socket 
  • and a smartphone wristlet!
Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Simon Teen.


  1. I am digitally inseparable with my husband and kids.

  2. I recently graduated college and am geographically separated from my group of friends, so our main communications are in our group chats!

  3. "Who are you digitally inseparable with?" I am not digitally inseparable with anyone!

  4. My mom and my sister who live in a different country!

  5. My friend Rachel and I pretty much only text through gifs and it’s awesome.


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