Surprises, Summer Camp, and Sweet Love | You Have A Match by Emma Lord [ book review ]

“If you learn to capture a feeling, it’ll always be louder than words.”

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You Have A Match

Author: Emma Lord

Genre: Young Adult > Contemporary > Romance

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Published: January 12, 2021

Format Read: eARC on Kindle

Much thanks to NetGalley & Wednesday Books for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may be different in the final published copy.

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Book Blurb

A new love, a secret sister, and a summer she’ll never forget.

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. 

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About The Author

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Emma Lord is the NYT bestselling author of YOU HAVE A MATCH and TWEET CUTE, a BuzzFeed market editor, and dessert gremlin living in New York City, where she spends whatever time she isn’t writing either running or belting show tunes in community theater. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in psychology and a minor in how to tilt your computer screen so nobody will notice you updating your fan fiction from the back row. She was raised on glitter, a whole lot of love, and copious amounts of grilled cheese. 

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Another Favorite Book From My New Favorite Author

Emma Lord is now OFFICIALLY my favorite YA Contemporary Author! Yes, yes, yes! Auto buy, auto read, auto love! I just can’t get enough of her work. I wish she can give birth to books 10 times a year! I remember screaming about how I loved Tweet Cute so much that it is still my most liked Goodreads review until today.

Anyway, let’s just jump into You Have A Match! (As always, thank you so much to Wednesday Books for the advance copy. My heart is yours forever!)

You Have A Match tells the story of Abby and how a DNA-test moment with Leo, her friend-slash-crush, changed her life. Because Leo is adopted, he really wanted to learn more about his heritage, so Abbie (and Connie, their other friend) decided to jump in. Abby gets the surprise of her life when she found out she has a sister through the DNA website.

Now, the story turns it up a notch when the summer camp Abby is going to has Savvy, her sister, as one of the counselors. Here we have a Parent Trap moment! The sisters will have some trouble getting to know each other and that’s the fun part of the story.

Aside from this, we have a romantic subplot. Obviously, Abby has a crush on Leo. But does he like her back? I love all their moments and how their story blossomed. I forgot how much I love the pining involved with the best friends-to-lovers trope, so having it here was awesome.

There are other plot details I can’t dive into now but will be a delight for you to experience. In some keywords, here are other things you can expect in You Have A Match:
– Photography enthusiast
– Social media
– Pop culture references
– Family drama and parents with secrets (!!) and juicy pasts (!!)
– Finding your identity
– First love
– Forgiveness
– Filipino characters
– Coming of age
– Future

Overall, I just love everything about this and I am super excited to read more works by Emma Lord. Her writing style is just the perfect one for me!

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My Book Rating Breakdown

🌼 Blurb:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Final Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | 4.9/5

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