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 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 abso.lute.ly fucking loved this book. From Cover to Cover. Well, virtual cover to virtual cover? Whatever. I loved Abby’s sassitude, her ability to, despite the anxiety deep within, go for things. There were so many times I was rolling my eyes at her, or Connie, or Leo, or even Savannah, just telling them that “honesty is the best policy,” but then having to remind myself that these are just part of the growing pains. And that sometimes even adults don’t get it right the first time – or ever.
But let’s get to it. The writing. OH, the WRITING. So simple yet so spot on and gorgeous at the same time. Lord carries me away in wave after wave of emotion with her words. I want her book of magic spells so I can feel this carefree and young all the time. I felt like I was at Camp Reynolds, having fun, causing problems, getting demerits, and it was the best time of my life.
Then there’s the characters. While there were quite a few, I never once felt disconnected from the main characters. Lord developed each one into full-fledged people I could see myself standing beside at camp, climbing trees with and eating delicious meals (although I am jealous there were never mega cook-offs at any camp I went to)! In Leo Abby found her partner, someone who would have her back while standing by her side. But that her scared her more than anything. And watching her come to grips with that was such a journey.
“He tries to meet my eye, but I don’t let him. I’m afraid of what he’ll see. Afraid of what won’t.”
“But it isn’t the knowing that matters. It’s the feeling that does – and this is deeper than the miles between us, more enduring than any odds we might face.”
“If you learn to capture a feeling, it’ll always be louder than words.”
~Engaging ~Richly Detailed
~Believable ~Authentic ~Flawed
*Thanks to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for an eArc review copy of You Have a Match. This in no way influences my review or thoughts on the book, its characters, or the writing.