“If you learn to capture a feeling, it’ll always be louder than words.”You Have a Match by Emma Lord
Last March, I read Tweet Cute by Emma Lord and it was the escape and lightheartedness I needed at the time to get through the start of lockdown. Given everything happening in the US right now, I am really grateful that You Have a Match was able to provide that escapism for me again. This book left me smiling and happy crying and had me reading to find out what happens until 3AM last night.
You Have a Match is a fresh spin on Parent Trap, and as someone who grew up on the Lindsay Lohan movie, this made me so happy!
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.
Like I said at the beginning of this post, I could not get enough of this book!! There was a relatively diverse cast of characters, the mystery of how Savannah and Abby were separated, family dynamics, summer camp, and a lot of cute romantic relationships!! As someone who never got to attend summer camp, it was fun to read a book set in one, and it definitely would be the perfect summer read! The side characters made me laugh and were well fleshed out. The mystery of Savannah’s adoption was not one that I saw coming and I definitely couldn’t put the book down until I found out what happened.
The pacing in this book was excellent, once Abby discovered Savannah, things moved quickly to summer camp and all the various shenanigan’s that happen there. Abby and Savannah both grow as characters as the summer continues and watching them bond was heartwarming. There was plenty of drama to mess with my emotions just a bit and some excellent quotes. I also love books that can poke fun at themselves so I loved all the jokes about Abby’s life becoming a CW drama. If you’re looking for a little escape or a book that will leave you smiling, look no further! I highly recommend this book and am giving it 5/5 stars!
Disclaimer: I was given an E-ARC of this book I’m exchange for an honest review.