Review – You Have a Match by Emma Lord

**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.**

Title You Have a Match
Author Emma Lord
Release Date January 12, 2021
Date Finished January 2, 2021

Description

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.

Initial Thoughts

I was so excited to get an ARC of this book. I loved Emma Lord’s debut novel, Tweet Cute, so I was super excited to see what her next book was all about.

Some Things I Liked

  • Parent Trap vibes. I loved that this story felt like the classic summer movie. I also really enjoyed the modern updates with the DNA service as the way they found each other.
  • Instagram and photography themes. I really liked that both sisters enjoyed photography in different ways and I loved that so many of the characters were on the cusp of entrepreneurship at such a young age.
  • Romances. I loved the different romance plots that each sister had. They each had problems that paralleled each other but yet were very different. I loved seeing their bonding moments where they tried to help each other.

One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About

  • The parent trap reveal got a little dark. The themes in this book were heavier than I was expecting. Abby feeling like a replacement seemed like it was glossed over. I guess my criticism is that some of the heavy themes were not fully explained or addressed.

Series Value

I’d read more of Abby and Savvy’s adventures but, I feel like this story is complete. I would revisit the world, but would also be satisfied if this was a standalone story.

This is my second Emma Lord book and I’d keep reading her books.

Final Thoughts

I liked this book. Emma set the bar high with Tweet Cute and I don’t think this book topped that. But, it was a solid story that gave me all kind of Parent Trap vibes and I enjoyed it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Tweet Cute by Emma Lord – if you enjoyed the writing and humor in this novel, try Emma’s debut novel from last year, it was phenomenal.
  • Beach Read by Emily Henry – if you are looking for an adult rom-com with similar themes of family secrets and finding your place in the world, try this 2020 debut.

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