Review - You Have a Match by Emma Lord



You Have a Match by Emma Lord
Publisher: St. Martin's Press - Wednesday Books
Publication Date: January 21, 2021
Date Read: January 10, 2021
Length:  320 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★☆
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.
My Review

I had a great time with this book.  After enjoying Emma Lord's first book Tweet Cute, I was eager to give her work another try.  I loved the description of this book so I had pretty high hopes going into this story.  I was not disappointed and ended up finding this book to be very entertaining.  

Abby signs up for a DNA service along with her friend.  Abby does not expect to learn that she has a sister out in the world that she has never heard about before.  When Abby meets her sister, Savannah, they make a plan to go to camp together so they can piece together the secret behind Savannah's adoption.  It turns out that she is going to the same camp as her crush and best friend, Leo, so she might actually figure out what is going on between the two of them.  

I liked Abby a lot.  She wasn't perfect and she is dealing with a lot of things over the course of the story.  I think that she handled things really well and she showed a lot of growth over the course of the story.  Savannah is an Instagram star and seemed to be picture perfect at the start of the story.  As the book progressed, we get to see the real Savannah and her flaws and she really started to grow on me.  I loved all of the secondary characters that spent time with Abby and Savannah at camp.  I think that they each added an important element to the story.

I really liked seeing everything come together in this story.  Abby and Savannah both learn a lot about themselves and their family over the course of this story.  I thought that the bond that they developed felt very authentic.  There was a bit of romance worked into the story which I thought added a wonderful element to the story.  Each of the characters was dealing with their own issues and I thought that together this was a perfectly layered story.

I would recommend this story to others.  I thought that this was a fantastic story filled with wonderful characters, a focus on relationships, and a lot of heart.  I wouldn't hesitate to read more of Emma Lord's work in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press - Wednesday Books via NetGalley.
About the Author

EMMA LORD is the author of Tweet Cute and a digital media editor 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, grilled cheese, and a whole lot of love.

Author Links: Goodreads | Instagram | Twitter

Comments

  1. It's great to see you had a good time with this one. It's a new one to me.

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  2. I'm glad this book didn't disappoint you, Carole! I think I'll try this author at some point as well :)

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  3. I want to read this one. I saw that it's a Reese Witherspoon book club pick, but I've not had great successes with Emma Lord's books as of late. Hoping this one will be worth the hype.

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    1. This is only her second book and I have enjoyed both of them.

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  4. Oh, good, I'm glad this one is so enjoyable! I loved TWEET CUTE as well and this one sounds just as fun. Glad you liked it so much.

    Susan
    www.blogginboutbooks.com

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    1. I think you would enjoy this one if you liked Tweet Cute, Susan!

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  5. i really like the cute, fun cover and it does look good to me too
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  6. This sounds like a great summer book! I still need to read TWEET CUTE. I'm so behind!

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  7. This sounds really good. Family secrets being revealed makes a story really intriguing to me.

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  8. I have heard a lot about this book recently, although yours is the first review I have read. I am so glad it was well done--I was hoping so. It sounds like something I would really enjoy.

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    1. I thought it was very well done. I think that you would like it, Wendy!

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  9. I agree. Abby did grow a lot. She was so do first, think later. It was good to see her try and be more thoughtful about things. I found this book fun and will eagerly await more from Lord.

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    1. I also liked seeing Abby start to speak up for herself. I think she grew a lot in this story.

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  10. I loved Tweet Cute, too, but this sounds like another adorable one with an interesting premise.

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  11. I do know that many have really enjoyed this author's work and I am happy to see that this one was such a win for you especially after Tweet Cute.

    Lovely review Carole!

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  12. Life fiction! I appreciate it much more than I did in the past. I'm hearing good things about this one. Fantastic review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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