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 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 seven After a year of college, Pablo is working at his local twenty-four-hour deli, selling overpriced snacks to brownstone yuppies...

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  • Sami
    May 14, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

    Why are her covers so fucking perfect? ? ...

    this review was originally posted on twirling pages objectively, this book is closer to a 3.5 or 4/5 star BUT because i had such a wonderful reading experience and enjoyed it so so so much, i have no qualms for giving it a 5/5. Permanent Record is the first book i stayed u...

    This isn't a bad book. Not technically. The writing style is still good and all that, but then there were the characters. Boy, oh boy, these characters. I just didn't like them. No, scratch that. It's not that I didn't like them. It's that I didn't care. Lee was so boring to me. S...

    damn i really enjoyed this. ...

    Why am I so drawn to beautiful covers and interesting-sounding plots? And why do they deceive me most of the time? The first book by Mary H.K. Choi, Emergency Contact, was okay, but I was willing to give her another big chance because this book sounded so good. But then it wasn't...

    I don?t think it?s a secret that I was {am} borderline obsessed with Emergency Contact and I was so eager to get an arc of PR in my hands...sadly, this wasn?t what I was looking for. Pablo and Lee are just okay characters. He?s fairly apathetic and she?s so busy it comes ...

    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. ...

    Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi is an original story about a pop star and a college dropout that is surprisingly meaningful. I enjoyed the premise as well as the blend of entertainment and serious moments, however the main character?...

    DNF on page 219. There is almost nothing I enjoyed about this book. The writing style was exhausting, it was wholly dependent on the narrative talking like a *~hip twenty-something~*, using language that will be cringe-y in a couple of years. Yeah, the main character is a hip twe...

    DNF. Wow. That narrative voice is intense. I?m not sure how a lot of people are invested in this story as almost half of it are linguistic references and pop culture mishmash that only makes sense if you?re already tuned in to NYC, slang, and internet dialogue. It almost fe...

    DNF at 20% The protagonist and narrator of Permanent Record is experiencing a woke existential life crisis that could be appreciated or understood only by an American reader. I started this hoping to read of a 'meet-cute' scenario, with the added twist that one of them is famous (a...

    4.5 stars read 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 ...

    4.5/5 stars MY HEART HURTS SO MUCH RIGHT NOW DONT TOUCH ME ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Pablo, a college drop out works at the 24-hour Deli where pop icon, Leanna Smart just ...

    I was bored the entire time while reading this, however it had moments sometimes,I guess; So, what I liked about the book: The cover. The more illustrated covers I see the more I pick up the book. The diverse characters. Almost every character had a different background and the pr...

    this author's contemporary books always have covers that belong in art museums ...

    3.5 I feel like I would have liked this more if I physically read it. I still enjoyed it but maybe if I reread it physically sometime I would like it more??? 3.5 I feel like I would have liked this more if I physically read it. I still enjoyed it but maybe if I reread it phy...

    I definitely enjoyed this, but my thoughts can be broken down into a few notes: 1) Love the friend group, the MC getting called out on his BS, the really interesting family dynamics, and the NYC setting including a very NYC-reflecting population. It made me feel very old and nostalg...

    Read for a review publication so I can?t rate or write a review here. BUT, as an independent adult reader, I loved it ? ...

    There are times when you read a contemporary novel and finish the book feeling all warm and fuzzy inside after concluding the sweet romance in a happily ever after. Other times, you?ll close the book and sit there for the next few minutes deep in thought. Permanent Record was an intr...

    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 mi...

  • Melanie
    Aug 13, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

  • ♠️ TABI ♠️
    Jun 14, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

    Why are her covers so fucking perfect? ? ...

    this review was originally posted on twirling pages objectively, this book is closer to a 3.5 or 4/5 star BUT because i had such a wonderful reading experience and enjoyed it so so so much, i have no qualms for giving it a 5/5. Permanent Record is the first book i stayed u...

    This isn't a bad book. Not technically. The writing style is still good and all that, but then there were the characters. Boy, oh boy, these characters. I just didn't like them. No, scratch that. It's not that I didn't like them. It's that I didn't care. Lee was so boring to me. S...

    damn i really enjoyed this. ...

    Why am I so drawn to beautiful covers and interesting-sounding plots? And why do they deceive me most of the time? The first book by Mary H.K. Choi, Emergency Contact, was okay, but I was willing to give her another big chance because this book sounded so good. But then it wasn't...

    I don?t think it?s a secret that I was {am} borderline obsessed with Emergency Contact and I was so eager to get an arc of PR in my hands...sadly, this wasn?t what I was looking for. Pablo and Lee are just okay characters. He?s fairly apathetic and she?s so busy it comes ...

    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. ...

    Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi is an original story about a pop star and a college dropout that is surprisingly meaningful. I enjoyed the premise as well as the blend of entertainment and serious moments, however the main character?...

    DNF on page 219. There is almost nothing I enjoyed about this book. The writing style was exhausting, it was wholly dependent on the narrative talking like a *~hip twenty-something~*, using language that will be cringe-y in a couple of years. Yeah, the main character is a hip twe...

    DNF. Wow. That narrative voice is intense. I?m not sure how a lot of people are invested in this story as almost half of it are linguistic references and pop culture mishmash that only makes sense if you?re already tuned in to NYC, slang, and internet dialogue. It almost fe...

    DNF at 20% The protagonist and narrator of Permanent Record is experiencing a woke existential life crisis that could be appreciated or understood only by an American reader. I started this hoping to read of a 'meet-cute' scenario, with the added twist that one of them is famous (a...

    4.5 stars read 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 ...

    4.5/5 stars MY HEART HURTS SO MUCH RIGHT NOW DONT TOUCH ME ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Pablo, a college drop out works at the 24-hour Deli where pop icon, Leanna Smart just ...

    I was bored the entire time while reading this, however it had moments sometimes,I guess; So, what I liked about the book: The cover. The more illustrated covers I see the more I pick up the book. The diverse characters. Almost every character had a different background and the pr...

    this author's contemporary books always have covers that belong in art museums ...

  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    Oct 10, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

  • Dahlia
    Aug 18, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

    Why are her covers so fucking perfect? ? ...

    this review was originally posted on twirling pages objectively, this book is closer to a 3.5 or 4/5 star BUT because i had such a wonderful reading experience and enjoyed it so so so much, i have no qualms for giving it a 5/5. Permanent Record is the first book i stayed u...

    This isn't a bad book. Not technically. The writing style is still good and all that, but then there were the characters. Boy, oh boy, these characters. I just didn't like them. No, scratch that. It's not that I didn't like them. It's that I didn't care. Lee was so boring to me. S...

    damn i really enjoyed this. ...

    Why am I so drawn to beautiful covers and interesting-sounding plots? And why do they deceive me most of the time? The first book by Mary H.K. Choi, Emergency Contact, was okay, but I was willing to give her another big chance because this book sounded so good. But then it wasn't...

    I don?t think it?s a secret that I was {am} borderline obsessed with Emergency Contact and I was so eager to get an arc of PR in my hands...sadly, this wasn?t what I was looking for. Pablo and Lee are just okay characters. He?s fairly apathetic and she?s so busy it comes ...

    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. ...

    Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi is an original story about a pop star and a college dropout that is surprisingly meaningful. I enjoyed the premise as well as the blend of entertainment and serious moments, however the main character?...

    DNF on page 219. There is almost nothing I enjoyed about this book. The writing style was exhausting, it was wholly dependent on the narrative talking like a *~hip twenty-something~*, using language that will be cringe-y in a couple of years. Yeah, the main character is a hip twe...

    DNF. Wow. That narrative voice is intense. I?m not sure how a lot of people are invested in this story as almost half of it are linguistic references and pop culture mishmash that only makes sense if you?re already tuned in to NYC, slang, and internet dialogue. It almost fe...

    DNF at 20% The protagonist and narrator of Permanent Record is experiencing a woke existential life crisis that could be appreciated or understood only by an American reader. I started this hoping to read of a 'meet-cute' scenario, with the added twist that one of them is famous (a...

    4.5 stars read 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 ...

    4.5/5 stars MY HEART HURTS SO MUCH RIGHT NOW DONT TOUCH ME ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Pablo, a college drop out works at the 24-hour Deli where pop icon, Leanna Smart just ...

    I was bored the entire time while reading this, however it had moments sometimes,I guess; So, what I liked about the book: The cover. The more illustrated covers I see the more I pick up the book. The diverse characters. Almost every character had a different background and the pr...

    this author's contemporary books always have covers that belong in art museums ...

    3.5 I feel like I would have liked this more if I physically read it. I still enjoyed it but maybe if I reread it physically sometime I would like it more??? 3.5 I feel like I would have liked this more if I physically read it. I still enjoyed it but maybe if I reread it phy...

    I definitely enjoyed this, but my thoughts can be broken down into a few notes: 1) Love the friend group, the MC getting called out on his BS, the really interesting family dynamics, and the NYC setting including a very NYC-reflecting population. It made me feel very old and nostalg...

  • Larry H
    Aug 24, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

  • alexandra ling
    May 09, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

    Why are her covers so fucking perfect? ? ...

    this review was originally posted on twirling pages objectively, this book is closer to a 3.5 or 4/5 star BUT because i had such a wonderful reading experience and enjoyed it so so so much, i have no qualms for giving it a 5/5. Permanent Record is the first book i stayed u...

  • Stacee
    Aug 29, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

    Why are her covers so fucking perfect? ? ...

    this review was originally posted on twirling pages objectively, this book is closer to a 3.5 or 4/5 star BUT because i had such a wonderful reading experience and enjoyed it so so so much, i have no qualms for giving it a 5/5. Permanent Record is the first book i stayed u...

    This isn't a bad book. Not technically. The writing style is still good and all that, but then there were the characters. Boy, oh boy, these characters. I just didn't like them. No, scratch that. It's not that I didn't like them. It's that I didn't care. Lee was so boring to me. S...

    damn i really enjoyed this. ...

    Why am I so drawn to beautiful covers and interesting-sounding plots? And why do they deceive me most of the time? The first book by Mary H.K. Choi, Emergency Contact, was okay, but I was willing to give her another big chance because this book sounded so good. But then it wasn't...

    I don?t think it?s a secret that I was {am} borderline obsessed with Emergency Contact and I was so eager to get an arc of PR in my hands...sadly, this wasn?t what I was looking for. Pablo and Lee are just okay characters. He?s fairly apathetic and she?s so busy it comes ...

  • Anna Luce
    Oct 11, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

    Why are her covers so fucking perfect? ? ...

    this review was originally posted on twirling pages objectively, this book is closer to a 3.5 or 4/5 star BUT because i had such a wonderful reading experience and enjoyed it so so so much, i have no qualms for giving it a 5/5. Permanent Record is the first book i stayed u...

    This isn't a bad book. Not technically. The writing style is still good and all that, but then there were the characters. Boy, oh boy, these characters. I just didn't like them. No, scratch that. It's not that I didn't like them. It's that I didn't care. Lee was so boring to me. S...

    damn i really enjoyed this. ...

    Why am I so drawn to beautiful covers and interesting-sounding plots? And why do they deceive me most of the time? The first book by Mary H.K. Choi, Emergency Contact, was okay, but I was willing to give her another big chance because this book sounded so good. But then it wasn't...

    I don?t think it?s a secret that I was {am} borderline obsessed with Emergency Contact and I was so eager to get an arc of PR in my hands...sadly, this wasn?t what I was looking for. Pablo and Lee are just okay characters. He?s fairly apathetic and she?s so busy it comes ...

    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. ...

    Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi is an original story about a pop star and a college dropout that is surprisingly meaningful. I enjoyed the premise as well as the blend of entertainment and serious moments, however the main character?...

    DNF on page 219. There is almost nothing I enjoyed about this book. The writing style was exhausting, it was wholly dependent on the narrative talking like a *~hip twenty-something~*, using language that will be cringe-y in a couple of years. Yeah, the main character is a hip twe...

    DNF. Wow. That narrative voice is intense. I?m not sure how a lot of people are invested in this story as almost half of it are linguistic references and pop culture mishmash that only makes sense if you?re already tuned in to NYC, slang, and internet dialogue. It almost fe...

    DNF at 20% The protagonist and narrator of Permanent Record is experiencing a woke existential life crisis that could be appreciated or understood only by an American reader. I started this hoping to read of a 'meet-cute' scenario, with the added twist that one of them is famous (a...

  • Samantha
    Oct 06, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

  • Chloe
    Jul 11, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    Aug 06, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

    Why are her covers so fucking perfect? ? ...

    this review was originally posted on twirling pages objectively, this book is closer to a 3.5 or 4/5 star BUT because i had such a wonderful reading experience and enjoyed it so so so much, i have no qualms for giving it a 5/5. Permanent Record is the first book i stayed u...

    This isn't a bad book. Not technically. The writing style is still good and all that, but then there were the characters. Boy, oh boy, these characters. I just didn't like them. No, scratch that. It's not that I didn't like them. It's that I didn't care. Lee was so boring to me. S...

    damn i really enjoyed this. ...

    Why am I so drawn to beautiful covers and interesting-sounding plots? And why do they deceive me most of the time? The first book by Mary H.K. Choi, Emergency Contact, was okay, but I was willing to give her another big chance because this book sounded so good. But then it wasn't...

    I don?t think it?s a secret that I was {am} borderline obsessed with Emergency Contact and I was so eager to get an arc of PR in my hands...sadly, this wasn?t what I was looking for. Pablo and Lee are just okay characters. He?s fairly apathetic and she?s so busy it comes ...

    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. ...

  • Christy
    Sep 23, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

  • Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
    Oct 24, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

    Why are her covers so fucking perfect? ? ...

    this review was originally posted on twirling pages objectively, this book is closer to a 3.5 or 4/5 star BUT because i had such a wonderful reading experience and enjoyed it so so so much, i have no qualms for giving it a 5/5. Permanent Record is the first book i stayed u...

    This isn't a bad book. Not technically. The writing style is still good and all that, but then there were the characters. Boy, oh boy, these characters. I just didn't like them. No, scratch that. It's not that I didn't like them. It's that I didn't care. Lee was so boring to me. S...

    damn i really enjoyed this. ...

  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    May 25, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

    Why are her covers so fucking perfect? ? ...

    this review was originally posted on twirling pages objectively, this book is closer to a 3.5 or 4/5 star BUT because i had such a wonderful reading experience and enjoyed it so so so much, i have no qualms for giving it a 5/5. Permanent Record is the first book i stayed u...

    This isn't a bad book. Not technically. The writing style is still good and all that, but then there were the characters. Boy, oh boy, these characters. I just didn't like them. No, scratch that. It's not that I didn't like them. It's that I didn't care. Lee was so boring to me. S...

    damn i really enjoyed this. ...

    Why am I so drawn to beautiful covers and interesting-sounding plots? And why do they deceive me most of the time? The first book by Mary H.K. Choi, Emergency Contact, was okay, but I was willing to give her another big chance because this book sounded so good. But then it wasn't...

    I don?t think it?s a secret that I was {am} borderline obsessed with Emergency Contact and I was so eager to get an arc of PR in my hands...sadly, this wasn?t what I was looking for. Pablo and Lee are just okay characters. He?s fairly apathetic and she?s so busy it comes ...

    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. ...

    Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi is an original story about a pop star and a college dropout that is surprisingly meaningful. I enjoyed the premise as well as the blend of entertainment and serious moments, however the main character?...

    DNF on page 219. There is almost nothing I enjoyed about this book. The writing style was exhausting, it was wholly dependent on the narrative talking like a *~hip twenty-something~*, using language that will be cringe-y in a couple of years. Yeah, the main character is a hip twe...

    DNF. Wow. That narrative voice is intense. I?m not sure how a lot of people are invested in this story as almost half of it are linguistic references and pop culture mishmash that only makes sense if you?re already tuned in to NYC, slang, and internet dialogue. It almost fe...

    DNF at 20% The protagonist and narrator of Permanent Record is experiencing a woke existential life crisis that could be appreciated or understood only by an American reader. I started this hoping to read of a 'meet-cute' scenario, with the added twist that one of them is famous (a...

    4.5 stars read 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 ...

    4.5/5 stars MY HEART HURTS SO MUCH RIGHT NOW DONT TOUCH ME ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Pablo, a college drop out works at the 24-hour Deli where pop icon, Leanna Smart just ...

    I was bored the entire time while reading this, however it had moments sometimes,I guess; So, what I liked about the book: The cover. The more illustrated covers I see the more I pick up the book. The diverse characters. Almost every character had a different background and the pr...

    this author's contemporary books always have covers that belong in art museums ...

    3.5 I feel like I would have liked this more if I physically read it. I still enjoyed it but maybe if I reread it physically sometime I would like it more??? 3.5 I feel like I would have liked this more if I physically read it. I still enjoyed it but maybe if I reread it phy...

    I definitely enjoyed this, but my thoughts can be broken down into a few notes: 1) Love the friend group, the MC getting called out on his BS, the really interesting family dynamics, and the NYC setting including a very NYC-reflecting population. It made me feel very old and nostalg...

    Read for a review publication so I can?t rate or write a review here. BUT, as an independent adult reader, I loved it ? ...

  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    Feb 20, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

    Why are her covers so fucking perfect? ? ...

    this review was originally posted on twirling pages objectively, this book is closer to a 3.5 or 4/5 star BUT because i had such a wonderful reading experience and enjoyed it so so so much, i have no qualms for giving it a 5/5. Permanent Record is the first book i stayed u...

    This isn't a bad book. Not technically. The writing style is still good and all that, but then there were the characters. Boy, oh boy, these characters. I just didn't like them. No, scratch that. It's not that I didn't like them. It's that I didn't care. Lee was so boring to me. S...

    damn i really enjoyed this. ...

    Why am I so drawn to beautiful covers and interesting-sounding plots? And why do they deceive me most of the time? The first book by Mary H.K. Choi, Emergency Contact, was okay, but I was willing to give her another big chance because this book sounded so good. But then it wasn't...

    I don?t think it?s a secret that I was {am} borderline obsessed with Emergency Contact and I was so eager to get an arc of PR in my hands...sadly, this wasn?t what I was looking for. Pablo and Lee are just okay characters. He?s fairly apathetic and she?s so busy it comes ...

    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. ...

    Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi is an original story about a pop star and a college dropout that is surprisingly meaningful. I enjoyed the premise as well as the blend of entertainment and serious moments, however the main character?...

  • Angelica
    Sep 11, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

    Why are her covers so fucking perfect? ? ...

    this review was originally posted on twirling pages objectively, this book is closer to a 3.5 or 4/5 star BUT because i had such a wonderful reading experience and enjoyed it so so so much, i have no qualms for giving it a 5/5. Permanent Record is the first book i stayed u...

    This isn't a bad book. Not technically. The writing style is still good and all that, but then there were the characters. Boy, oh boy, these characters. I just didn't like them. No, scratch that. It's not that I didn't like them. It's that I didn't care. Lee was so boring to me. S...

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Oct 01, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

  • ˗ˏˋ aphrodite ˊˎ˗
    Sep 26, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

    Why are her covers so fucking perfect? ? ...

    this review was originally posted on twirling pages objectively, this book is closer to a 3.5 or 4/5 star BUT because i had such a wonderful reading experience and enjoyed it so so so much, i have no qualms for giving it a 5/5. Permanent Record is the first book i stayed u...

    This isn't a bad book. Not technically. The writing style is still good and all that, but then there were the characters. Boy, oh boy, these characters. I just didn't like them. No, scratch that. It's not that I didn't like them. It's that I didn't care. Lee was so boring to me. S...

    damn i really enjoyed this. ...

    Why am I so drawn to beautiful covers and interesting-sounding plots? And why do they deceive me most of the time? The first book by Mary H.K. Choi, Emergency Contact, was okay, but I was willing to give her another big chance because this book sounded so good. But then it wasn't...

    I don?t think it?s a secret that I was {am} borderline obsessed with Emergency Contact and I was so eager to get an arc of PR in my hands...sadly, this wasn?t what I was looking for. Pablo and Lee are just okay characters. He?s fairly apathetic and she?s so busy it comes ...

    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. ...

    Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi is an original story about a pop star and a college dropout that is surprisingly meaningful. I enjoyed the premise as well as the blend of entertainment and serious moments, however the main character?...

    DNF on page 219. There is almost nothing I enjoyed about this book. The writing style was exhausting, it was wholly dependent on the narrative talking like a *~hip twenty-something~*, using language that will be cringe-y in a couple of years. Yeah, the main character is a hip twe...

    DNF. Wow. That narrative voice is intense. I?m not sure how a lot of people are invested in this story as almost half of it are linguistic references and pop culture mishmash that only makes sense if you?re already tuned in to NYC, slang, and internet dialogue. It almost fe...

    DNF at 20% The protagonist and narrator of Permanent Record is experiencing a woke existential life crisis that could be appreciated or understood only by an American reader. I started this hoping to read of a 'meet-cute' scenario, with the added twist that one of them is famous (a...

    4.5 stars read 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 ...

    4.5/5 stars MY HEART HURTS SO MUCH RIGHT NOW DONT TOUCH ME ...

  • Tiffany Chiang
    Aug 29, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

    Why are her covers so fucking perfect? ? ...

    this review was originally posted on twirling pages objectively, this book is closer to a 3.5 or 4/5 star BUT because i had such a wonderful reading experience and enjoyed it so so so much, i have no qualms for giving it a 5/5. Permanent Record is the first book i stayed u...

    This isn't a bad book. Not technically. The writing style is still good and all that, but then there were the characters. Boy, oh boy, these characters. I just didn't like them. No, scratch that. It's not that I didn't like them. It's that I didn't care. Lee was so boring to me. S...

    damn i really enjoyed this. ...

    Why am I so drawn to beautiful covers and interesting-sounding plots? And why do they deceive me most of the time? The first book by Mary H.K. Choi, Emergency Contact, was okay, but I was willing to give her another big chance because this book sounded so good. But then it wasn't...

    I don?t think it?s a secret that I was {am} borderline obsessed with Emergency Contact and I was so eager to get an arc of PR in my hands...sadly, this wasn?t what I was looking for. Pablo and Lee are just okay characters. He?s fairly apathetic and she?s so busy it comes ...

    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. ...

    Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi is an original story about a pop star and a college dropout that is surprisingly meaningful. I enjoyed the premise as well as the blend of entertainment and serious moments, however the main character?...

    DNF on page 219. There is almost nothing I enjoyed about this book. The writing style was exhausting, it was wholly dependent on the narrative talking like a *~hip twenty-something~*, using language that will be cringe-y in a couple of years. Yeah, the main character is a hip twe...

    DNF. Wow. That narrative voice is intense. I?m not sure how a lot of people are invested in this story as almost half of it are linguistic references and pop culture mishmash that only makes sense if you?re already tuned in to NYC, slang, and internet dialogue. It almost fe...

    DNF at 20% The protagonist and narrator of Permanent Record is experiencing a woke existential life crisis that could be appreciated or understood only by an American reader. I started this hoping to read of a 'meet-cute' scenario, with the added twist that one of them is famous (a...

    4.5 stars read 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 ...

    4.5/5 stars MY HEART HURTS SO MUCH RIGHT NOW DONT TOUCH ME ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Pablo, a college drop out works at the 24-hour Deli where pop icon, Leanna Smart just ...

    I was bored the entire time while reading this, however it had moments sometimes,I guess; So, what I liked about the book: The cover. The more illustrated covers I see the more I pick up the book. The diverse characters. Almost every character had a different background and the pr...

    this author's contemporary books always have covers that belong in art museums ...

    3.5 I feel like I would have liked this more if I physically read it. I still enjoyed it but maybe if I reread it physically sometime I would like it more??? 3.5 I feel like I would have liked this more if I physically read it. I still enjoyed it but maybe if I reread it phy...

    I definitely enjoyed this, but my thoughts can be broken down into a few notes: 1) Love the friend group, the MC getting called out on his BS, the really interesting family dynamics, and the NYC setting including a very NYC-reflecting population. It made me feel very old and nostalg...

    Read for a review publication so I can?t rate or write a review here. BUT, as an independent adult reader, I loved it ? ...

    There are times when you read a contemporary novel and finish the book feeling all warm and fuzzy inside after concluding the sweet romance in a happily ever after. Other times, you?ll close the book and sit there for the next few minutes deep in thought. Permanent Record was an intr...

  • Jay G
    Sep 25, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

    Why are her covers so fucking perfect? ? ...

    this review was originally posted on twirling pages objectively, this book is closer to a 3.5 or 4/5 star BUT because i had such a wonderful reading experience and enjoyed it so so so much, i have no qualms for giving it a 5/5. Permanent Record is the first book i stayed u...

    This isn't a bad book. Not technically. The writing style is still good and all that, but then there were the characters. Boy, oh boy, these characters. I just didn't like them. No, scratch that. It's not that I didn't like them. It's that I didn't care. Lee was so boring to me. S...

    damn i really enjoyed this. ...

    Why am I so drawn to beautiful covers and interesting-sounding plots? And why do they deceive me most of the time? The first book by Mary H.K. Choi, Emergency Contact, was okay, but I was willing to give her another big chance because this book sounded so good. But then it wasn't...

    I don?t think it?s a secret that I was {am} borderline obsessed with Emergency Contact and I was so eager to get an arc of PR in my hands...sadly, this wasn?t what I was looking for. Pablo and Lee are just okay characters. He?s fairly apathetic and she?s so busy it comes ...

    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. ...

    Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi is an original story about a pop star and a college dropout that is surprisingly meaningful. I enjoyed the premise as well as the blend of entertainment and serious moments, however the main character?...

    DNF on page 219. There is almost nothing I enjoyed about this book. The writing style was exhausting, it was wholly dependent on the narrative talking like a *~hip twenty-something~*, using language that will be cringe-y in a couple of years. Yeah, the main character is a hip twe...

    DNF. Wow. That narrative voice is intense. I?m not sure how a lot of people are invested in this story as almost half of it are linguistic references and pop culture mishmash that only makes sense if you?re already tuned in to NYC, slang, and internet dialogue. It almost fe...

    DNF at 20% The protagonist and narrator of Permanent Record is experiencing a woke existential life crisis that could be appreciated or understood only by an American reader. I started this hoping to read of a 'meet-cute' scenario, with the added twist that one of them is famous (a...

    4.5 stars read 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 ...

    4.5/5 stars MY HEART HURTS SO MUCH RIGHT NOW DONT TOUCH ME ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Pablo, a college drop out works at the 24-hour Deli where pop icon, Leanna Smart just ...

  • Emma
    Sep 16, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

    Why are her covers so fucking perfect? ? ...

    this review was originally posted on twirling pages objectively, this book is closer to a 3.5 or 4/5 star BUT because i had such a wonderful reading experience and enjoyed it so so so much, i have no qualms for giving it a 5/5. Permanent Record is the first book i stayed u...

    This isn't a bad book. Not technically. The writing style is still good and all that, but then there were the characters. Boy, oh boy, these characters. I just didn't like them. No, scratch that. It's not that I didn't like them. It's that I didn't care. Lee was so boring to me. S...

    damn i really enjoyed this. ...

    Why am I so drawn to beautiful covers and interesting-sounding plots? And why do they deceive me most of the time? The first book by Mary H.K. Choi, Emergency Contact, was okay, but I was willing to give her another big chance because this book sounded so good. But then it wasn't...

  • emma
    Apr 05, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

  • michelle (magical reads)
    Jul 27, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

    Why are her covers so fucking perfect? ? ...

    this review was originally posted on twirling pages objectively, this book is closer to a 3.5 or 4/5 star BUT because i had such a wonderful reading experience and enjoyed it so so so much, i have no qualms for giving it a 5/5. Permanent Record is the first book i stayed u...

    This isn't a bad book. Not technically. The writing style is still good and all that, but then there were the characters. Boy, oh boy, these characters. I just didn't like them. No, scratch that. It's not that I didn't like them. It's that I didn't care. Lee was so boring to me. S...

    damn i really enjoyed this. ...

    Why am I so drawn to beautiful covers and interesting-sounding plots? And why do they deceive me most of the time? The first book by Mary H.K. Choi, Emergency Contact, was okay, but I was willing to give her another big chance because this book sounded so good. But then it wasn't...

    I don?t think it?s a secret that I was {am} borderline obsessed with Emergency Contact and I was so eager to get an arc of PR in my hands...sadly, this wasn?t what I was looking for. Pablo and Lee are just okay characters. He?s fairly apathetic and she?s so busy it comes ...

    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. ...

    Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi is an original story about a pop star and a college dropout that is surprisingly meaningful. I enjoyed the premise as well as the blend of entertainment and serious moments, however the main character?...

    DNF on page 219. There is almost nothing I enjoyed about this book. The writing style was exhausting, it was wholly dependent on the narrative talking like a *~hip twenty-something~*, using language that will be cringe-y in a couple of years. Yeah, the main character is a hip twe...

    DNF. Wow. That narrative voice is intense. I?m not sure how a lot of people are invested in this story as almost half of it are linguistic references and pop culture mishmash that only makes sense if you?re already tuned in to NYC, slang, and internet dialogue. It almost fe...

    DNF at 20% The protagonist and narrator of Permanent Record is experiencing a woke existential life crisis that could be appreciated or understood only by an American reader. I started this hoping to read of a 'meet-cute' scenario, with the added twist that one of them is famous (a...

    4.5 stars read 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 ...

  • ellie
    Feb 15, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

  • Amy (libraryofamy)
    Oct 31, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

    Why are her covers so fucking perfect? ? ...

    this review was originally posted on twirling pages objectively, this book is closer to a 3.5 or 4/5 star BUT because i had such a wonderful reading experience and enjoyed it so so so much, i have no qualms for giving it a 5/5. Permanent Record is the first book i stayed u...

    This isn't a bad book. Not technically. The writing style is still good and all that, but then there were the characters. Boy, oh boy, these characters. I just didn't like them. No, scratch that. It's not that I didn't like them. It's that I didn't care. Lee was so boring to me. S...

    damn i really enjoyed this. ...

    Why am I so drawn to beautiful covers and interesting-sounding plots? And why do they deceive me most of the time? The first book by Mary H.K. Choi, Emergency Contact, was okay, but I was willing to give her another big chance because this book sounded so good. But then it wasn't...

    I don?t think it?s a secret that I was {am} borderline obsessed with Emergency Contact and I was so eager to get an arc of PR in my hands...sadly, this wasn?t what I was looking for. Pablo and Lee are just okay characters. He?s fairly apathetic and she?s so busy it comes ...

    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. ...

    Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi is an original story about a pop star and a college dropout that is surprisingly meaningful. I enjoyed the premise as well as the blend of entertainment and serious moments, however the main character?...

    DNF on page 219. There is almost nothing I enjoyed about this book. The writing style was exhausting, it was wholly dependent on the narrative talking like a *~hip twenty-something~*, using language that will be cringe-y in a couple of years. Yeah, the main character is a hip twe...

  • Sylvie
    Sep 12, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

    Why are her covers so fucking perfect? ? ...

    this review was originally posted on twirling pages objectively, this book is closer to a 3.5 or 4/5 star BUT because i had such a wonderful reading experience and enjoyed it so so so much, i have no qualms for giving it a 5/5. Permanent Record is the first book i stayed u...

    This isn't a bad book. Not technically. The writing style is still good and all that, but then there were the characters. Boy, oh boy, these characters. I just didn't like them. No, scratch that. It's not that I didn't like them. It's that I didn't care. Lee was so boring to me. S...

    damn i really enjoyed this. ...

    Why am I so drawn to beautiful covers and interesting-sounding plots? And why do they deceive me most of the time? The first book by Mary H.K. Choi, Emergency Contact, was okay, but I was willing to give her another big chance because this book sounded so good. But then it wasn't...

    I don?t think it?s a secret that I was {am} borderline obsessed with Emergency Contact and I was so eager to get an arc of PR in my hands...sadly, this wasn?t what I was looking for. Pablo and Lee are just okay characters. He?s fairly apathetic and she?s so busy it comes ...

    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. ...

    Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi is an original story about a pop star and a college dropout that is surprisingly meaningful. I enjoyed the premise as well as the blend of entertainment and serious moments, however the main character?...

    DNF on page 219. There is almost nothing I enjoyed about this book. The writing style was exhausting, it was wholly dependent on the narrative talking like a *~hip twenty-something~*, using language that will be cringe-y in a couple of years. Yeah, the main character is a hip twe...

    DNF. Wow. That narrative voice is intense. I?m not sure how a lot of people are invested in this story as almost half of it are linguistic references and pop culture mishmash that only makes sense if you?re already tuned in to NYC, slang, and internet dialogue. It almost fe...

    DNF at 20% The protagonist and narrator of Permanent Record is experiencing a woke existential life crisis that could be appreciated or understood only by an American reader. I started this hoping to read of a 'meet-cute' scenario, with the added twist that one of them is famous (a...

    4.5 stars read 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 ...

    4.5/5 stars MY HEART HURTS SO MUCH RIGHT NOW DONT TOUCH ME ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Pablo, a college drop out works at the 24-hour Deli where pop icon, Leanna Smart just ...

    I was bored the entire time while reading this, however it had moments sometimes,I guess; So, what I liked about the book: The cover. The more illustrated covers I see the more I pick up the book. The diverse characters. Almost every character had a different background and the pr...

  • ✨ A ✨
    Apr 23, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

    Why are her covers so fucking perfect? ? ...

  • Anya
    Oct 04, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

    Why are her covers so fucking perfect? ? ...

    this review was originally posted on twirling pages objectively, this book is closer to a 3.5 or 4/5 star BUT because i had such a wonderful reading experience and enjoyed it so so so much, i have no qualms for giving it a 5/5. Permanent Record is the first book i stayed u...

    This isn't a bad book. Not technically. The writing style is still good and all that, but then there were the characters. Boy, oh boy, these characters. I just didn't like them. No, scratch that. It's not that I didn't like them. It's that I didn't care. Lee was so boring to me. S...

    damn i really enjoyed this. ...

    Why am I so drawn to beautiful covers and interesting-sounding plots? And why do they deceive me most of the time? The first book by Mary H.K. Choi, Emergency Contact, was okay, but I was willing to give her another big chance because this book sounded so good. But then it wasn't...

    I don?t think it?s a secret that I was {am} borderline obsessed with Emergency Contact and I was so eager to get an arc of PR in my hands...sadly, this wasn?t what I was looking for. Pablo and Lee are just okay characters. He?s fairly apathetic and she?s so busy it comes ...

    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. ...

    Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi is an original story about a pop star and a college dropout that is surprisingly meaningful. I enjoyed the premise as well as the blend of entertainment and serious moments, however the main character?...

    DNF on page 219. There is almost nothing I enjoyed about this book. The writing style was exhausting, it was wholly dependent on the narrative talking like a *~hip twenty-something~*, using language that will be cringe-y in a couple of years. Yeah, the main character is a hip twe...

    DNF. Wow. That narrative voice is intense. I?m not sure how a lot of people are invested in this story as almost half of it are linguistic references and pop culture mishmash that only makes sense if you?re already tuned in to NYC, slang, and internet dialogue. It almost fe...

    DNF at 20% The protagonist and narrator of Permanent Record is experiencing a woke existential life crisis that could be appreciated or understood only by an American reader. I started this hoping to read of a 'meet-cute' scenario, with the added twist that one of them is famous (a...

    4.5 stars read 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 ...

    4.5/5 stars MY HEART HURTS SO MUCH RIGHT NOW DONT TOUCH ME ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Pablo, a college drop out works at the 24-hour Deli where pop icon, Leanna Smart just ...

    I was bored the entire time while reading this, however it had moments sometimes,I guess; So, what I liked about the book: The cover. The more illustrated covers I see the more I pick up the book. The diverse characters. Almost every character had a different background and the pr...

    this author's contemporary books always have covers that belong in art museums ...

    3.5 I feel like I would have liked this more if I physically read it. I still enjoyed it but maybe if I reread it physically sometime I would like it more??? 3.5 I feel like I would have liked this more if I physically read it. I still enjoyed it but maybe if I reread it phy...

  • Amy Imogene Reads
    Oct 05, 2019

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. ?Trying to get better at the thing you want to be the best at is humiliating.? Hello to my favorite contemporary of 2019. Friends, this book was so quiet, but so loud, and really impacted me more than any other b...

    i don't know what i did in a past life to deserve being disappointed by a book i anticipated for over a year, but i assume it was murder. or worse. review to come / 2.5 stars ---------- turns out the only thing i had to do to be able to read this book was wait. the worst th...

    I loved this SO MUCH. SO MUCH!!!! ...

    ?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 j...

    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 ...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be dual POV, but it?s just told in the guy?s POV. I think I would have enjoyed this if we could have heard more from her. I also found him a bit.. insufferable? And while that?s the point and mak...

    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. Shou...

    4 stars After reading Emergency Contact, I knew I would be picking up any and everything Mary H.K. Choi writes. You know how you just jive with an authors writing style? I totally jive with hers. Although I loved her debut novel just a tad more than this (I think it was just a perso...

    You know when you just put a book down after you've finished it. And you just sit there. But somehow you find tears welling up in your eyes. So you try to wipe them away... Yet you can't. The tears just have to be shed. The emotions demand to be felt. That's exactly how I was...

    Why are her covers so fucking perfect? ? ...

    this review was originally posted on twirling pages objectively, this book is closer to a 3.5 or 4/5 star BUT because i had such a wonderful reading experience and enjoyed it so so so much, i have no qualms for giving it a 5/5. Permanent Record is the first book i stayed u...

    This isn't a bad book. Not technically. The writing style is still good and all that, but then there were the characters. Boy, oh boy, these characters. I just didn't like them. No, scratch that. It's not that I didn't like them. It's that I didn't care. Lee was so boring to me. S...

    damn i really enjoyed this. ...

    Why am I so drawn to beautiful covers and interesting-sounding plots? And why do they deceive me most of the time? The first book by Mary H.K. Choi, Emergency Contact, was okay, but I was willing to give her another big chance because this book sounded so good. But then it wasn't...

    I don?t think it?s a secret that I was {am} borderline obsessed with Emergency Contact and I was so eager to get an arc of PR in my hands...sadly, this wasn?t what I was looking for. Pablo and Lee are just okay characters. He?s fairly apathetic and she?s so busy it comes ...

    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. ...

    Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi is an original story about a pop star and a college dropout that is surprisingly meaningful. I enjoyed the premise as well as the blend of entertainment and serious moments, however the main character?...

    DNF on page 219. There is almost nothing I enjoyed about this book. The writing style was exhausting, it was wholly dependent on the narrative talking like a *~hip twenty-something~*, using language that will be cringe-y in a couple of years. Yeah, the main character is a hip twe...

    DNF. Wow. That narrative voice is intense. I?m not sure how a lot of people are invested in this story as almost half of it are linguistic references and pop culture mishmash that only makes sense if you?re already tuned in to NYC, slang, and internet dialogue. It almost fe...