Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
It took me a little while to really get into Permanent Record by Mary H. K. Choi (probably my fault) but by the end I was really invested & couldn’t wait to see how lead Pablito’s arc resolved.
Pablito is fairly rudderless throughout much the book much to the consternation of his mother & himself. He’s sinking in debt & desperate to figure out how to get back into the college program that he dropped out of & that helped cause him to be so in debt in the first place.
Then celebrity Leanna Smart walks into the bodega where he works & besides their immediate attraction he gets a chance to see what his life could be like as the partner of a celebrity. On the periphery of fame.
The narrator is pretty self-aware, wry, & sarcastic & watching Pablito learn how to break free of patterns & speak his truth is inspiring & exciting. I loved seeing him find a path forward into a life that’s exciting to him.
In addition to the funny narration winning me over there are really striking convos about race, culture, & representation, especially about how familial expectations & wants might be affected by society’s broader expectations & prejudices.
This is a great YA contemporary & for my romance-reading friends, not a romance 😉 😆.
Give me that HEA, please.
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