Review: Permanent Record

Permanent Record

Title: Permanent Record
Author: Mary H.K Choi
Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Genre: Contemporary
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★★


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…

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.

I read this book back in July and wrote the review the same month. However I like posting reviews of ARCs a week before the book actually comes out.

I just finished this book and I’m sitting here thinking about what I thought of it. There were parts that were funny, parts that were oh so relatable as a college student with looming student loans payments coming up next year, parts that made me smile and think wow true.


I really liked Pablo. He was such a sweetheart and even though he had his flaws I still really enjoyed reading about him. He was also such a relatable character with his student loans and having to be an adult. He’s honestly such a solid character and the new love of my life. I was also really satisfied with how his story ended.

Next up we have Lee who was an interesting character but I didn’t really like her all that much. She complained about being famous but didn’t want to stop being famous. I didn’t really like her but I did like the love story between her and Pablo.


I really like Choi’s writing. I was under the impression that this was another dual POV book like her first one but it only had Pablo’s POV which I surprisingly enjoyed. I don’t read many books where it’s solely a male point of view.

I think the story was great and for when it does come out it’s going to be a great fall read. I liked how even though it is a romance there were other struggles going on with the main character. I feel like older readers of YA would enjoy this book as the characters are in their 20s.

Overall Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it especially to people in their 20s who enjoy young adult books. This is the first book in a long time where I really related to the characters. It makes me wish that I read more books with characters in their 20s rather than books about teenagers which seem to be what young adult is full of.

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