REVIEW: EMMA LORD – YOU HAVE A MATCH

REVIEW: EMMA LORD – YOU HAVE A MATCHYou Have a Match by Emma Lord
Also by this author: Tweet Cute
Also in this series: The Real, My Oxford Year
Series: Standalone
Published by Wednesday Books on January 12, 2020
Tropes: friends-to-lovers, family secrets
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley, Wednesday Books
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Narrator: Eva Kaminsky
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
Cliffhanger: No

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four-half-stars

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 loved  TWEET CUTE. With YOU HAVE A MATCH Emma Lord ups the ante and if she continues on this path she’ll soon become one of the top YA author comparable to the best of the best in this genre. I adored this story.

I adored the growing friendship between Abby and Savvy that started out a little antagonistic. I loved Abby’s love interest Leo although I think the romance took a bit of a back seat in this one but it made Abby and Savvy shine all the more. The summer camp setting gives you this feeling of freedom you have when you are on vacation where you visited as a teenager and fondly remember your youthful idiocy. I loved to see Abby grow from someone avoiding confrontation to face issues head on and Savvy, the stickler to rules to become more relaxed. They had a balancing influence on one another.

A few days ago I had no idea Savvy existed. Now I feel like she’s been slowly leaking into my life for years, lurking in places I never thought to look— apparently even in places I already did.

I enjoyed all the Harry Potter references and other pop culture nods that are so YA. They are what Star Wars references are to me. Also, I’m a huge nerd when it comes to marine wildlife and all the talk about killer whales and the Pacific North West which I consider my second home made my heart go pitter-patter. The story about Springer, the orca that was reintroduced into the wild after being separated from her (Northern Residents) pod is true and well researched.

The secret why Abby had a full-blooded sister she didn’t know about was kept far into the story and it was what made this story unputdownable. I really wanted to know how that came about and the solution was pretty heartbreaking and I didn’t see it coming.

YOU HAVE A MATCH was an immensely entertaining coming of age story that gave me food for thought and made me a little nostalgic. I will definitely continue reading this author’s stories!

“I wish you saw yourself the way I see you.”

four-half-stars

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