The time it was about Permanent Record

Posted August 27, 2019 by Stacee in Blog Tours | 1 Comment

I don’t think it’s a secret that I’m borderline obsessed with Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi.  It was one of my top books the year it released and I’m always making heart eyes at it whenever I see it.

I was able to meet Mary at YallWest this year and get an arc of Permanent Record and when I got the invite to be part of the blog tour, I couldn’t say yes fast enough.

Before we get to my top 5 reasons to read, let’s check out the book!

Title: Permanent Record
Author: Mary HK Choi
Pub Date: September 3, 2019
Pages: 400
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Find it: S&S | Indiebound | B&N | Amazon | Goodreads

On paper, college dropout Pablo Rind doesn’t have a whole lot going for him. His graveyard shift at a twenty-four-hour deli in Brooklyn is a struggle. Plus, he’s up to his eyeballs in credit card debt. Never mind the state of his student loans.

Pop juggernaut Leanna Smart has enough social media followers to populate whole continents. The brand is unstoppable. She graduated from child stardom to become an international icon and her adult life is a queasy blur of private planes, step-and-repeats, aspirational hotel rooms, and strangers screaming for her just to notice them.

When Leanna and Pablo meet at 5:00 a.m. at the bodega in the dead of winter it’s absurd to think they’d be A Thing. But as they discover who they are, who they want to be, and how to defy the deafening expectations of everyone else, Lee and Pab turn to each other. Which, of course, is when things get properly complicated.

Sounds good, right?

Now, to be completely honest, I’m still reading this book.  I’m currently sick and taking so much cold medicine that it has rendered me useless and unable to focus on anything like reading. Or being awake.

It would be disingenuous for me to give you 5 reasons to read it, so instead I’m going to give you three things I’m loving so far and two things I’m excited to see.


  • the characters — So far, I’m only in Pablo’s head and I’m curious if we’ll get any of Leanna’s POV
  • the little brother — there’s an early scene of him getting in trouble at school and I couldn’t stop laughing
  • the inner monologue — this one took some time to get settled into, but I’m used to it now

Excited for:

  • the relationship — I think Mary could be the master at writing a slow burn relationship {I’m looking at you, EC}, but I’m wondering if this will be different
  • the kissing — I mean, there has to be some, right?


Mary H.K. Choi is a writer for The New York TimesGQWired, and The Atlantic. She has written comics for Marvel and DC, as well as a collection of essays called Oh, Never Mind. Her debut novel Emergency Contact was a New York Times bestseller. She is the host of Hey, Cool Job!, a podcast about jobs and Hey, Cool Life!, a podcast about mental health and creativity. Mary grew up in Hong Kong and Texas and now lives in New York.

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Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster for the invite and the gorgeous finished copy.  Be sure to follow along on the blog tour {listed below} for all sorts of goodies.

Permanent Record releases 9/3 and there are buy links above.

Blog Tour Schedule

August 26thVicky Who Reads
August 27thAdventures of a Book Junkie <– Me!
August 28thUtopia State of Mind
August 29thRead by Tiffany
August 30thRich in Color
August 31stYour Tita Kate
September 2ndBooks on Pointe
September 3rdAndi’s ABCs
September 4thBook Scents

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