Summary (from the publisher):
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 Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Emma Lord’s You Have a Match was one of my most anticipated YA releases of 2021, and I’m so happy to report that this Parent Trap inspired read about two sisters lived up to my expectations & more. When Abby takes a DNA test, the last thing she’s expecting to find out is that she a sister… let alone one who lives pretty much down the road & has a major Instagram following. I admit that The Parent Trap comparisons I had been reading in reviews sort’ve threw me for a loop (not that it influenced my reading) that Abby and Savy are not twins, but rather, Savy is a year and a half older than Abby.
Although sisterhood is at the heart of the book, You Have a Match is a bit more than Savy and Abby’s relationship. Abby actually takes the DNA test in part to her friend and love interest, Leo, who takes the test to figure out more about his birth family. When Abby and Savy meet IRL, they decide to go to the summer camp where Savy is a counselor to try to figure out why their parents hid this major secret away from them…and Leo just happens to work at the same camp and had grown up going to camp with Savy and their crew.
You Have a Match was such a fun read while also exploring Abby’s relationships and her personal growth. After the death of her grandfather, Abby’s grades in school have slipped, and she feels like all her parents do is chase her about extra tutoring. Without surprise, finding out about the sister she never she knew about is a major shock to Abby, so much of the book is spent with Abby and Savy figuring out their relationship and dealing with the fact that both of their parents hid such a big secret from them. Abby is also trying too figure out her feeling for Leo, her best friend who apparently doesn’t have feelings back but is strangely weird about Abby hanging out with Finn, another guy at camp. I loved the balance of all these elements and Abby just getting to hang loose a little bit at summer camp. She grows close with the girls in her cabin and finds herself having more time than ever for her true passion, photography.
I couldn’t help but think about Tweet Cute while I read You Have a Match, obviously because I LOVEEEDDD Tweet Cute when I read it last March – maybe it will become a new reading tradition of mine to read Emma Lord’s books each March – & wanted to compare my experiences reading the two books. I saw a few parallels between the two – and yes, I may have had my eyes peeled for a cameo from Pepper & Jack. I realized about halfway through that Emma Lord is the queen of writing books with sets of parents feuding over complicated pasts. Even if you haven’t read Tweet Cute, you can probably tell by the name that the book involves Twitter, specifically the teenage children of rival restaurants running their family business’ Twitter accounts, but You Have a Match takes on Instagram, as Savy is a pretty big wellness and lifestyle Instagramer.
While You Have a Match with such a kind-hearted and fun read, I did want a tiny bit more when it came to some of Abby’s relationships.This partially might’ve been a ‘me thing’ because I really wasn’t expecting Leo and Abby’s relationship to carry out into summer camp. I wanted more about Abby’s relationship with Poppy, but I still had tears rolling down my face during Abby’s conversation with her parents towards the end of the book. I wonder if Emma Lord chose not to write too many flashbacks or scenes specifically with Poppy and Abby because Abby is trying not to think of him or she’s so concentrated on figuring out things with Savy and Leo that her emotions surrounding the loss of Poppy hit her extra hard.
Overall, You Have a Match solidified Emma Lord as a new auto-read author. This is the perfect book to read year-round, but especially if you’re craving summer like I am. It’s the perfect book to bring to the beach or your own summer camp. I’m so happy to see this book get so much love, including its selection as Reese’s Book Club Winter 2021 YA pick! I’m so excited to see what Emma Lord comes out with next!
Have you read You Have a Match or Tweet Cute? What are your favorite YA books set at summer camp? Share in the comments!