Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi | Review & Mood Board

Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Length: 400 pages
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: September 3, 2019

My Thoughts

‘Permanent Record’ tells the story of Pablo, a store clerk struggling to find direction in his life after dropping out of NYU. During one of his late night shifts, he connects with a young woman who turns out to be Leanna Smart, a superstar. The two get wrapped up in a relationship, and Pablo becomes swept up in Leanna’s glamorous life, while avoiding to confront his own emotional and financial struggles.

Every time I read a story set in New York City, It instantly brings back memories to my residency from 2007-2014. New York is where I realized what I wanted to do with my life, and I found the community that guided my growth in education and creative writing. While Pablo has a close friends/family circle, his avoidance of his financial situation causes him to alienate them. It takes a while for Pablo to figure out that he doesn’t need to travel across the country to figure out the answers to his life journey.

I recommend Permanent Record for people searching for stories with diverse characters trying to figure out their place in life. I’m so thankful that I finally made time to read this book!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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