For Penny Lee, high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she’d somehow landed a boyfriend, they never managed to know much about each other. Now Penny is heading 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, you know, see each other.
TW: Abuse, Racism, Mommy Issues, Daddy Issues (I’m sorry it’s been a month since I listened to it, so if there are triggers I missed, I’m sorry.)
Emergency Contact is the story of Penny and Sam. Neither of them is a particularly likable character. They are seriously messed up. But if I have to choose one over the other, I’ll take Sam, thanks.
For one, both have issues with their mothers, but for different reasons. To my idea, Sam has a legitimate reason to have issues with his mother, considering what she did to him. Penny, on the other hand, has issues with her mother for being herself. Penny seems to think that her mom is embarrassing and a pain in Penny’s butt on purpose. To my idea, that’s ludicrous and Penny is just being a brat.
When Penny moves to college and meets Sam via her dorm roommate, they become friends and text each other. Which is fine. Except they don’t tell anyone. They literally keep this a secret, when at first, there is literally no reason to. They’re just friends who talk to each other.
By the way, it takes way too long for them to figure out they have feelings for each other. Seriously. I thought they’d never figure it out. I had it figured out way before they did.
I don’t care for Mary H. K. Choi’s writing style – at least not in this book. I don’t mind books with multiple points of view, but this one was just irritating. At times it didn’t even seem like Sam and Penny were in the same story the way the chapters jumped around between Penny and Sam.
I gave it one star because I just did not like the book at all. I might give Permanent Record a try, but if it’s anything like Emergency Contact, I’m going to chalk it up to Mary H. K. Choi not being the author for me.
Ok, so I thought I’d bring you a quick life update! I just finished submitting my final assignment for the PathwayConnect program! The only things left are to attend my Gathering on Wednesday and then report my attendance. The semester officially ends on April 11, but everything is due by April 8 (unless your Gathering is on Thursday or Friday, then it’s due by Friday).
After this, I have a week off, then I start to BYU-I (Brigham Young University Idaho) on April 20. Since my program was always on online only program, my program will still be running even though the campus probably won’t be.
The rest of this week and next I plan to work on all the books I’ve been meaning to read but haven’t gotten around to, plus I plan to work on my Etsy shop, Hazel & Moon to get it back up and running with more items, better photos, etc.
So that’s what’s happening with me lately.
If you’re anything like me, your local, state, or federal governments have issued shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders. While for some of us this seems to be a dream come true, it really stinks for some of us. A lot of people love to go out and do things, but right now, that’s not an option.
If you’re a bookworm, now you have to figure out how to get new books to read. There are a few ways you can do this.
If you’re interested in audiobooks, you can choose one of the following:
Audible allows you to get audiobooks via credits. You pay $14.95/month for one credit for a book, but you can always buy other audiobooks, you’ll just pay per book you buy.
If you subscribe to Scribd Premium for $9.99/month, you can find audiobooks to tide you over. They’ve got a ton and the catalog keeps changing, so you can find something to listen to.
If you have a library card, you could see if you have Libby. You can get audiobooks through your library on the Libby app, if your library has purchased the audiobooks.
Another thing you can use Scribd for is eBooks. Like the audiobooks, you’ll need a Scribd Premium subscription, and the catalog is always changing. However, they have a ton of books you can read.
Again, if your library uses the Libby app, you can get eBooks to read via the library even when the library is closed.
You can subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, which lets you read books for a flat fee each month.
If you’re not adverse to reading books that aren’t released yet or are uncorrected proofs, you can try using NetGalley to get eBooks to read.
Books and Nook have the option to make purchases in the app, allowing you to take advantage of deals. They also have a small selection of books that are free.
You can often find books for free or for really cheap for Kindle, but you’ll have to go through your browser to purchase them, as the Kindle app and Amazon apps aren’t set up to allow Kindle purchases.
I hope this list of places you can get books during this time of being stuck at home is helpful!
This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through my links, I will receive a small commission or free services from the sale.
Scribd is a reading service that allows you to search by authors, genres, and titles. You can then save the titles you find to read or listen to later. This is a great thing right now, when we’re all being asked to stay home and with libraries closing for the duration.
Most books will require you to have a premium account to read or listen to them. Premium costs USD$9.99 + tax per month, but if you use my Scribd link, you can get 60 days for free. This only works for new subscribers, sorry! Once you’ve gone through your 60 days, you can use a credit/debit card or PayPal to continue your premium subscription. If you find Scribd premium isn’t for you, you can cancel.
A few things to note with Scribd. First, you may find that an entire series isn’t available. Second, you will find books marked unavailable until a certain date. Third, you may find that a series is available in its entirety, but you have to split it up between audiobooks and eBooks. Fourth, they state premium is unlimited. There are reports of it not being unlimited. I have not personally experienced this.
Scribd has apps for both iOS and Android, plus you can actually read or listen on their website as well. When I’m working on the computer, I will listen on the website, and I use the iOS app for audiobooks on my iPhone and eBooks on my iPad. As far as how many books you can save, I have not found a limit yet.
Scribd Premium is a great service. You have options for both eBooks and audiobooks. Yes, most of us can use the Libby app through our libraries. But if you find books you want are on hold, look on Scribd. You can often find those books there without having to wait.
The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.
But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?
If there is one thing I do like, it is a good mystery. This one was definitely one of the good ones. The first thing you learn in A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is that Sal Singh killed Andie Bell. At least that’s what everyone in town believes. Except Sal’s family and one other person. That person is our main character, Pippa.
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder – The Main Characters
Pippa is sort of an interesting character. She’s every faculty member’s dream. Her homework is done on time and very neatly. She studies all the time. Even when she chose to prove Sal Singh was innocent, she worked on that all the time. While she is an interesting character, I don’t think we got to see enough of her real personality. We got more of the workaholic than we did the actual person with Pippa. While she may be the main character in A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, she isn’t the best main character I’ve ever seen.
Now we move on to Ravi Singh. Ravi is our second main character and Sal’s younger brother. He and his family have been deeply hurt by town’s belief that Sal killed Andie Bell. He would do pretty much anything to be able to have Sal’s name cleared. His personality has been shaped by the events that took place in 2014, when his brother was declared as Andie Bell’s killer. I wasn’t attached to him either. He just seemed a bit flat to me somehow. Maybe it was because I read most of the book between midnight and three AM.
I have to say that A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder was a great book – as far as the plot went. The plot had a lot of action in it and it was a fairly fast read once I actually sat down to read it.
One thing I found interesting about the book is that it is clearly set in the United States. However, Holly Jackson lives in the UK (London to be precise) and so some things that are unique to that part of the world are found in the book. They’re just little things, like everyone wanting tea instead of coffee. It doesn’t detract from the book in any way and I actually enjoyed it.
If there is one thing that you will find in A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, it is mystery. First, the mystery of why Sal was pegged as Andie Bell’s murderer. Then we have the mystery of who doesn’t want Pippa investigating this case. Finally, we have the mystery of who really killed Andie Bell.
There are some heart-stopping moments in this book and it will definitely have you wondering what the outcome will be. I definitely never guessed it!
If you’ve read A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and you liked it, you might also like There’s Someone in Your House by Stephanie Perkins.