Book Review: You Have A Match

Title: You Have A Match

Author: Emma Lord

Pub. Date: January 12, 2021

Pages: 320

Pub: Wednesday Books

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

From the beloved author of Tweet Cute comes Emma Lord’s You Have a Match, a YA novel of family, friendship, romance and sisterhood…

When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it’s mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie…although ever since the B.E.I. (Big Embarrassing Incident) with Leo, things have been awkward on that front.

But she didn’t know she’s a younger sister.

When the DNA service reveals Abby has a secret sister, shimmery-haired Instagram star Savannah Tully, it’s hard to believe they’re from the same planet, never mind the same parents—especially considering Savannah, queen of green smoothies, is only a year and a half older than Abby herself.

The logical course of action? Meet up at summer camp (obviously) and figure out why Abby’s parents gave Savvy up for adoption. But there are complications: Savvy is a rigid rule-follower and total narc. Leo is the camp’s co-chef, putting Abby’s growing feelings for him on blast. And her parents have a secret that threatens to unravel everything.

But part of life is showing up, leaning in, and learning to fit all your awkward pieces together. Because sometimes, the hardest things can also be the best ones.

This will be a spoiler free review. Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Boosk for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thought it was a wonderful read. Emma Lord is quickly establishing herself as an autobuy and autoread author for me. I love the way she writes and how she tells her stories. If you’re interested in reading my review for Tweet Cute – one of my favorite reads from last year, you can check out my review here.

I thoroughly loved this book, was sucked in and stayed up until 5AM because I couldn’t put it down. While I didn’t love it quite as much as Tweet Cute, I’m still recommending you pick this book up if you’re a fan of romcoms. If you loved The Parent Trap, books set at summer camps, the best friends to something more trope, or just cute reads in general you need this book in your life.

It will keep you up way past your bedtime, because you will get sucked in and suddenly, you’ll hear birds chirping and you’ll look at your phone to check the time and you won’t believe that it says “5:38AM”.

Yes, this was my experience. I didn’t even care that I knew it was getting late. I just kept hitting the button on my Kindle to go to the next page. I needed to know what happened next. This book had everything I loved – all those things that I mentioned before – yeah, those are automatic sellers for me.

It did take me a few chapters to get full immersed in the book. But overall, it was very good. I liked Abby as the main character. She’s pretty relatable – feeling directionless when everyone else seems to have their lives in order. I’ve been there – hell sometimes I feel like I’m still there. I can’t relate to having a best friend I’m in love with, or a surprise sibling, but yeah, I can relate. It made her character really enjoyable.

Leo, Leo, Leo. I loved him. I wish he was a little more established as a character and not *just* the love interest, but I enjoyed him. We get little peeks at his backstory and his life apart from Abby and Connie, but he’s more or less just there to be the eye candy – which is totally fine. I loved his friendship with Abby (and Connie) and I loved that they both had difficulties navigating their changing attraction towards each other. I loved his arc and where he ends up at the end. He figures out what he wants, and I loved that for him.

Connie is that friend who is always on top of everything and I liked her. I think she’s a really realistic representation of a teenager who messes up. Whether her heart was truly in the right place, I’m not sure, but I get her fear. It’s hard being in a trio friend group.

Savvy…I liked her. She’s very much a product of her upbringing and she made it work for her.

I’m probably going to either date myself or out my viewing habits, but she reminded me of Emma Ross from Bunk’d on Disney Channel. Popular, pretty and has her life together.

And don’t even get me started on the whole backstory for both Abby, Savvy and their parents. What a ride! In all my ponderings about what could have caused them to be separated, I never imagined that and omfg, props to Emma Lord for that. Would not have ever guessed. Then the whole blowout after that and how everything just hit the fan at breakneck speed…I felt so bad for Abby.

Overall this book was a great read and I’m thrilled that I ended 2020 on a book that I loved. I’ve already pre-ordered my copy and I can’t wait to put it on my shelf next to Tweet Cute. Make sure you pick up your copy when it comes out January 12, 2021!

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