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.
Title: You Have a Match
Author: Emma Lord
Publication Date: January 12, 2021
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
This was my first Emma Lord book to read and I loved it!! It had charming characters, a great plot, and a wonderful message about families.
First, I love summer camp books which is what made this a must-read for me. But I also just really enjoyed this plot! It was fun to see Abby and Savvy learn more about each other and about themselves. We experience this story through the eyes of Abby so we learn the most about her, but I felt like I still learned a lot about her sister, Savvy.
Abby was such a fun character! She made the funniest comparisons to things that were happening around her. Plus, she just had this reckless and outgoing attitude about things which made the story a lot of fun. She did a lot of things I never would have been brave enough to do so I loved being able to experience them through her. I also really loved learning about Savvy. Savvy was the complete opposite of Abby, but they complement each other really well.
The side characters were also really great. I wish I could have seen more of them!! The girls that bunked with Abby were funny and always encouraged Abby to get into a little trouble. As well, it was great to get to know Finn and Mickey. I know the story was about Abby and Savvy and them figuring out the secrets of their families, but I wish I could have seen more of the side characters.
Now, onto the romance. I love the best friends-to-lovers trope so I was really pumped for Abby and Leo’s relationship. It started out well, hinting towards a slow burn, but then it went a little downhill for me. It didn’t crash and burn (thank goodness), but it also didn’t have all the tension that I love in a slow burn. Same for Savvy’s romance. I really think they both could have been better, but I also didn’t hate them. Since the main message of the book was about families, I let some of the romance stuff slide.
Speaking of families, I loved that this book covered many different situations one might face in their family. Many of the characters in this book were going through tough family situations and I thought they were all addressed well. I also really love the overall message that just because someone isn’t a biological family member doesn’t mean they aren’t family. And just because someone is biologically related doesn’t automatically make them family.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book on family, friends, and finding love. I was getting some major Parent Trap vibes at one point which also added to my love for this book.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.