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Permanent Record

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  19 reviews
After a year of college, Pablo is working at his local twenty-four-hour deli, selling overpriced snacks to brownstone yuppies. He’s dodging calls from the student loan office and he has no idea what his next move is.

Leanna Smart’s life so far has been nothing but success. Age eight: Disney Mouseketeer; Age fifteen: first #1 single on the US pop chart; Age seventeen, *tenth
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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emma
list of things i would do in exchange for being able to read this book:
- give up cookies for a week. okay 3 days
- reread The Fault in Our Stars
- go without talking about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for as long as humanly possible (36 hours)
- write another love letter to review of Emergency Contact
- actually start writing the 10-12 page paper I have due in 3 days now, instead of the day before it's due
- put down what i'm currently eating (raw cookie dough with a spoon at 10:36 a.m.) and eat
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ellie
Feb 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
name a better duo than mary h.k. choi books and aesthetic ass covers that make you want to buy the book despite not knowing anything about it
alexandra ling
i know objectively, it's probably closer to 3.5 or 4/5 BUT i had such a wonderful reading experience and i enjoyed it so so so much that i have no qualms giving it a 5/5 and adding it to the faves shelf.

FULL REVIEW TC. (for real this time. i'm drafting it right now. but if i'll remember to update the gr review from my blog post??? who knows)
Azrah
Apr 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
why are all her covers so fucking perfect? ✨
Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
I recently read Choi’s Emergency Contact and loved it. I am so excited about this new contemporary and it has so many of my favourite tropes. It shall be interesting to see what being stuck together in a snowstorm leads to in this one.
Sami
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book that captures the essence of being in your early twenties and also includes some truly inspired snack combinations. Permanent Record is the book I wish I had post-grad for high school and college. It's that nuanced, thoughtful, funny, and heartbreaking-every bit the confusing mix of emotions you feel as you enter adulthood. I can't recommend this book enough.
winn
Apr 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
i will give you a chance
now i command thee....


BE ABOVE MEDIOCRITY
I HAVE FAITH
Lucien Welsh
Feb 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
2019.02.15 - I AM SCREAMING I LOVE THIS COVER!!! Emergency Contact was one of my favourite reads of 2018 and I'm so freaking hyped.
Janani(ஜனனி)
Feb 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
I can't get over the beauty of the cover.

*swoons*
Kimberly Kowalski
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. This was a good book. I'm glad I took the time to read it. I would probably have enjoyed it more if I weren't holding it up to the standard of Emergency Contact (which I absolutely loved).

Written from Pablo's perspective we get a glimpse into the life of an early 20s guy who simply doesn't have his life together. Quite frankly, how many 20 somethings do? He finds himself in the path of a tornado of a bombshell star and he gets caught up in her orbit. All while still flailing with his
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Zoe
May 11, 2019 added it
hope the low-key skinny shaming line at the end of page 149 disappears before this goes into print... you can have a beautiful curvy/fat woman without having to degrade the opposite

otherwise, I really enjoyed my time reading this! some great messages in here
Montgomery Price
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this at Yallwest, the thoughts expressed in the following discussion though are completely mine.

Before we get into specifics, this was one of my most anticipated reads. If I’m being honest I’m still looking forward to September when I can get my hands on a finished copy of this. I also went into this book pretty blind. After finishing Emergency Contact earlier this year I was pretty confident that I’d want to pick up anything other stories Mary H.K. Choi d
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Penny
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If there ever was a coming of age story that’s equal parts relatable and fantastical, it’s this one.

I really didn’t know if I should read this book. I mean, I was sucker punched in the heart by Emergency Contact to the point of permanent and hopeless unrequited love (how can I Book love you back?). When I heard this book was coming out I got all sorts of excited, and I haven’t felt excited over a new book release since OG Harry Potter days. After reading it, I realized I can’t compare this to EC
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Vale Le
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jamie
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am so sad. I am SO SAD. Because I can’t imagine anyone who wanted this book to be good as much as I wanted it to be good. And it’s not. I’m SO SAD. Pablo is like all the little tics about Sam in Emergency Contact without the soul that makes Sam one of my favorite characters of the past several years. Some of Pablo’s decisions made me feel physical pain - maybe I’m just an old but I wanted to STRANGLE him. And Lee reads so flat. I’m so sad. For real. I don’t know how I’m supposed to read their ...more
Emily
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't want to put this one down!
Rachel Orr
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Phew! Read this in two sittings. I laughed, I cried. I loved it all.
Jane
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Heather
Apr 23, 2019 marked it as never-ever-ever
Mary H.K. Choi’s debut made me lose brain cells so imma just YEET this outta my virtual shelves
Ivy
Apr 28, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coming-soon-19
I really loved Emergency Contact, but this book sounds suspiciously similar. Hopefully, it'll be different enough to be enjoyable.
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Mary H.K. Choi is a Korean-American author, editor, television and print journalist. She is the author of young adult novel Emergency Contact (2018). She is the culture correspondent on Vice News Tonight on HBO and was previously a columnist at Wired and Allure magazines as well as a freelance writer. She attended a large public high school in a suburb of San Antonio, then college at the Universit ...more