Published by Wednesday Books on January 12, 2021
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
A REESE'S BOOK CLUB WINTER YA PICK
A new love, a secret sister, and a summer she'll never forget.
From the beloved author of Tweet Cute comes Emma Lord's You Have a Match, a hilarious and heartfelt novel of romance, sisterhood, and friendship...
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.
You Have a Match is a young adult contemporary romance standalone by Emma Lord. This book was a super cute read that instantly transported me to summer time. I loved the summer camp setting, the friendships explored in You Have a Match we great and I loved all of the romances present as well. All in all this was a fun book. I didn’t fall head over heels in love with it, but I did enjoy my time spent reading the story.
In You Have a Match we meet our main character, Abby who discovers she has a secret sister that she never knew anything about. I know you are totally thinking parent trap like I was, but here they are not twins and Abby (and her sister’s parents) are still together. They are not divorced and they are only parents to Abby. So there is another element at play here as to just what went down between Abby’s parents and the parents of her sister- Savannah (or Savvie). Abby and Savvie decide to attend the same summer camp so they can get to know each other. I liked that this story was just as much about friendships as it was summer romances, because I enjoyed watching Abby and Savvie get to know each other most of all. They are complete opposites, and though I found myself relating way more to Savvie than I did to Abby, I could appreciate their path to getting to know each other and getting along.
I think the main reason why my love of We Have a match didn’t blossom into more was because I felt a disconnect with Abby. I couldn’t relate to a lot of her actions. She goes about things in a very different way than I do (especially with school) so it was hard for me to feel a lot of sympathy for her. I could sympathize with the loss of her family member and with what happened with her best friend Leo, who I loved! All in all this was a fun book and is perfect for readers who like stories that are focused on the relationships of a group of characters, rather than just the main two characters. In We Have a Match we get to know (and get to see) what is happening with Abby, Savvie, Leo, and about 3 of their other camp friends. I appreciated all of their individual storylines very much!