Permanent Record by Mary H. K. Choi
Published September 3rd 2019 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: contemporary, young adult, romance, ownvoices
After a year of college, Pablo is working at his local twenty-four-hour deli, selling overpriced snacks to brownstone yuppies. He’s dodging calls from the student loan office and he has no idea what his next move is.
Leanna Smart’s life so far has been nothing but success. Age eight: Disney Mouseketeer; Age fifteen: first #1 single on the US pop chart; Age seventeen, *tenth* #1 single; and now, at Age nineteen…life is a queasy blur of private planes, weird hotel rooms, and strangers asking for selfies on the street.
When Leanna and Pab randomly meet at 4:00 a.m. in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn, they both know they can’t be together forever. So, they keep things on the down-low and off Instagram for as long as they can. But it takes about three seconds before the world finds out…
honestly, after the halfway mark, i started skimming. sadly, i got bored pretty quickly. maybe it just wasn’t what i was looking for. the relationship felt bland and basic. there was no foundation of trust between the two of them since she was unwilling to show him who she truly was and he couldn’t tell her the truth about his life choices. it felt like it could spontaneously combust and everything would just shatter into million ugly pieces. both of them had their own reasons for doing what they were doing but it just wasn’t for me.
the main character was okay but i couldn’t relate to his personality and his ways of handling certain issues. although leanna wasn’t exactly a main character, her character played a huge role and impact on pablo. on the other hand, pablo could be quite annoying. the way that he brushed things off could be seen as unsupportive or uncaring towards the person he was targeting it to. i don’t like how irresponsible pablo was. although i don’t have my own life figured out, i wouldn’t do things that will leave my loved ones hanging and worrying.
the ending was nice. any alternative to this ending would seem unrealistic and false especially with how toxic and complicated everything was. it’s hard saying anything without spoiling the actual ending so i’m just going to say it was realistic and i liked it.