Saturday, February 6, 2021

You Have A Match by Emma Lord

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.

My Thoughts

A book that takes place at a summer camp? You don't have to ask me twice. I'm sold.

But besides the summer camp aspect, there were a lot of things in the description of this book that captivated me.  DNA tests like 23andMe and AncestryDNA are so popular these days because people love the idea of finding out who they really are and what their ancestry is. The idea of a teen girl finding out she has a secret sister is so unique and seemed to me like the perfect kind of drama to throw into a contemporary YA story.

I'll be honest. I had a little bit of trouble starting this book. I wasn't sure if it was Emma's writing style or the fact that there was so much background information we needed to know about Abby (and her life, her family, her friends) but it just seemed like a lot. It was overwhelming.

But then things calmed down and we got into the nitty gritty of the story, which was that Abby found out through her DNA test that she had a sister that she didn't know about. Not only that, but her sister is a social media star. Or perhaps I should say "influencer".

Savvy is working at a camp for the Summer and convinces Abby to sign up, so that the two of them can get to know each other and try to figure out what happened, and why Savvy was put up for adoption.

I loved Abby. She cracked me up and had the kind of sense of humor that I could really get behind. Savvy and her friend Mickey were also great characters. I thought they were funny and the fact that Savvy is so high strung and obsessed about planning was something that I kind of related to.

The romance in this story felt a little half baked to me. Abby has been in love with her best friend Leo for quite some time and throughout the story, she has to figure out how to make things right between the two of them, since her love is unrequited.

I will mention that while this book is Young Adult there is a lot of swearing in it. I'm an adult, so that didn't bother me, but younger readers should be aware of that.

You Have A Match is a fun and contemporary young adult story that is exactly what I needed right now. It's cold and it's winter and I just want to be reminded of Summer and summer fun. Definitely check out this book if you're a fan of summer camps and unique family drama.

And thank you very much to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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xo Marian

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