Review: You Have a Match – Emma Lord

Posted December 22, 2020 by Andi in Books, Review / 0 Comments

Review: You Have a Match – Emma LordYou Have a Match by Emma Lord
Published by Wednesday Books
Published: January 5, 2021
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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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I became an immediate fan of Emma Lord as soon as I read her debut, Tweet Cute. She had a writing style and a vibe about her story telling that just clicked for me. So it was a no brainer when I heard about her sophomore novel, You Have a Match. I added it to my TBR without even knowing what it was about. She had quickly become an auto buy author. And I have to say You Have a Match was a solid sophomore book.

You Have a Match is about Abby, a high school student that takes a mail in DNA test on a whim in order to have something to talk about her with best friend (and crush) after a humiliating incident she doesn’t like to talk about. But what starts as a joke turns into Abby finding out she has an older sister, Savannah an Instagram star, that her parents gave away. When the two decide they want to get to know each other and figure out what Savvy was given up, they head to the only place they can…summer camp. But when Abby gets there things are as she expected. Not only is she faced with a sister she never knew, a rule abiding sister at that, she also has anther surprise. Leo is there and suddenly Abby has to face a whole lot of stuff she wants to just run from.

First and for most, You Have a Match was a very complicated story that reminded me of The Parent Trap. I know the summer camp aspect played a huge role in that, but so did the secret sister aspect too. Not to mention Savvy and Abby trying to get their two sets of parents “together” to find out the truth. It brought on a lot of nostalgia for me and I was there for it. I also liked the growth of Abby. She was a girl that ran from her problems. She used not following the rules as her excuse for things, but really she was running from her feelings and her problems. I really liked seeing her learn from Savvy and Leo and the other kids at camp and to grow and change and not be so scared of her emotions.

You Have a Match was a delightful sophomore book! I loved the story and the characters and how things unfolded. I can’t imagine what Savvy and Abby where feeling having this news dropped on them but I liked the way they handled it. Definitely add to your TBR. Emma Lord has maintained auto buy status for me.

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