Permanent Record

Permanent Record 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 IsLeanna Smart S Life So Far Has Been Nothing But Success Age Eight Disney Mouseketeer Age Fifteen First Single On The US Pop Chart Age Seventeen, Tenth Single And Now, At Age Nineteen Life Is A Queasy Blur Of Private Planes, Weird Hotel Rooms, And Strangers Asking For Selfies On The StreetWhen Leanna And Pab Randomly Meet At Am In The Middle Of A Snowstorm In Brooklyn, They Both Know They Can T Be Together Forever So, They Keep Things On The Down Low And Off Instagram For As Long As They Can But It Takes About Three Seconds Before The World Finds Out 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 a vegetable or somethingi would do all of this and mary h.k choi hmu Life isn t a destination It s the continual practice of things that make you wiser and happier This was so relatable and enjoyable Pablo was an amazing character, and the story is really about him trying to find his footing in life The romance was also adorable, and I just had the best time reading this I received an ARC of this at BookExpo It comes out 3rd September 2019 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 Pablo Neruda Rind, or Pab for short, is a somewhat rudderless, half Korean, half Pakistani college dropout with a mound of credit card debt He works the graveyard shift at a 24 hour upscale bodega in Brooklyn and spends a good deal of time wondering what to do with his future.Should he try reapplying to NYU despite not being able to afford it much less afford his rent Should he get a job Should he move back in with his mother, who hasn t forgiven him for dropping out in the first place All of the questions about the path he should take, coupled with the letters and phone calls from bill collectors, tend to overwhelm him He tries to content himself with inventing unique snack combinations for his Instagram feed Snack foods are his jam He also is trying to figure out how to navigate his relationships with his tiger mother and his laissez faire father.And then one winter morning at 5 00 a.m during one of Pab s bodega shifts, she walks in Leanna Smart former child star who transitioned to pop star and social media celebrity shows up in his store Alone No entourage But she does accumulate an impressive supply of snacks.The two trade jokes, roll their eyes at the world, and flirt This is a relationship destined to go nowhere because they couldn t come from two different worlds But they can t resist each other So they take a leap, which leads them on a journey that is at once spontaneous, magical, emotional, and fraught with trouble Permanent Record is funny, poignant, thought provoking, and a little ridiculous, but it s an insightful commentary on our celebrity and social media obsessed culture, and how difficult it is to let someone see your true self This book started a little slow but definitely picked up steam as it went on Mary H.K Choi s first book, Emergency Contact , was one of the best books I read last year She has such an ear for dialogue and while the characters here are tremendously erudite, sarcastic, and whip smart, it works for the book considering who the characters are I also felt that while some of the situations that occurred were silly the relationships between Pab and his family seemed genuine.The characters are fun and you root for them, and at the same time, you want to smack them when they re acting like idiots Pab isn t really very sympathetic through a good portion of the book and his near total paralysis toward his future and the financial situation he s in, as well as the way he treats people really wore on me a bit.Choi is a tremendously talented writer, and while Permanent Record didn t quite wow me as her first book did, I really enjoyed it, and read most of it on a long flight She remains one of the authors whose work I m most excited to follow.Simon Schuster provided an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making it available This book publishes September 3, 2019.See all of my reviews at out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at Why are her covers so fucking perfect 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 This was such a delightful slice of life contemporary I loved that our protagonist, Pablo, is college aged, but has dropped out of college and is trying to figure out what to do next This was so refreshing and realistic and painfully relatable and just, ugh So good. 3.5 StarsReview to come 4.5 starsread on my blog I received an ARC through Netgalley These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review To this day I have no inkling as to what I care about the most I care about everything equally until I care about so many things I get overwhelmed and care about nothing at all When it comes to the single thing I want to focus the entire rest of my life on, it s a muscle I don t know how to flex Permanent Record was on my immediate tbr list since I adored Choi s debut, Emergency Contact And her sopho novel was no slouch either While I might not relate fully to Choi s characters here, there are bits and pieces of them that everyone can see themselves in Permanent Record tells a story of being aimless in your 20 s and of finding yourself when you didn t think you were lost.I think this book was a lot like Choi s personality to me, the prose read a lot like her tweets, mostly the hype stuff Also, this is very much a new adult book Pablo, the protagonist, is 20 years old, and, having dropped out of college, is now in that weird limbo of dealing with adult issues but not really feeling much like one.This is such a contemporary book in a way that I ve found a lot of books aren t Choi really understands social media and how teens young adults interact with it Pab went viral for his promposal video where he s rejected, except it was all staged He then used that clout to gain thousands of followers on his account where he posts pictures of snacks and sneakers You cannot get post 2016 than this.Anyways, he s flailing and struggling to get his life together because, past getting his life together, he doesn t know what he wants to do When he meets Leanna Smart, pop star extraordinaire, they fall head over heels in love with each other Pab s pulled into her world of private jets and fancy hotels and room service, but it s all just a distraction from the mess of his life.That s really what I found so relatable in this book Pab doesn t really know how to get his life together The motivation is there, but not the actual carrying out of it This is just so real to me, especially in our society Being in your 20 s is just aimless wandering around honestly.I also very much related to Pab s spiraling and obsessing over little things I have a tendency to fixate on little things, like some random interaction I had with another person, and it quickly turns into something .It was also interesting having a celebrity as a main character With Lee, we get to see a deconstruction of the modern pop star all the nitty grittyness of fame, paparazzi and non disclosure agreements and last minute jetsetting and fake hair This also feeds into what I was saying about how contemporary this novel is Fame is very much something kids today are obsessed with, and I liked seeing about the negative aspects of it.Lee and Pab s relationship is so real in a world of fake I really loved them together, and their scenes were so cute I mean, at one point Pab doesn t know what to text back so he reflexively sends the corn emoji and panics I actually laughed at that part Why did I pick the corn emoji Emoji in general are safe, but I should have sent the black heart It s less a heart heart in the love sense and just a badass pictograph that shows how much I care without seeming like a sap But I ve just always liked the corn emoji IT S A GOOD EMOJI They also discuss what it means to be biracial Lee is half Mexican, half white Pab is half Pakistani, half Korean He, in particular, thinks a lot about being in between the two cultures I can t help but wonder how much my people are mine If they d claim me in the same way I want to claim them I also loved his relationship with his family He s fighting with his mom because he dropped out of school, he s trying to take care of his younger brother, and he s finding his dad embarrassing because of him drifting through life But through it all, Pab really loves them, and they love him, and there s just so much support Also this is such an Asian household, like Pab swats his brother across the head when he finds out he was high.Pab s friends are also very supporting in their own ways I liked reading about them, and they have their own humors and whatnot.Ultimately, though, this is a story of Pab finding himself and discovering what to do with his life I think so many people around this age now will relate so strongly to this I know I did Choi did something so special with Permanent Record, capturing the nuances of social media and societal expectations and the current obsession with wealth and fame This book is a brilliant follow up to her debut, and I m eager to read whatever she writes in the future.original review fucking hell