SISTERS & SUMMER CAMP: You Have a Match Review 

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

My Thoughts: 

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. 

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FOODIE ROM-COM: Tweet Cute Review & Inspired Recipe

Summary (from the publisher):

81AFV9waKfLMeet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.

 

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

You’ve probably had everyone and their mother screaming- or tweeting- over their love for Emma Lord’s YA debut, Tweet Cute, on your timelines this year… and now it’s my turn!!

There are a few early 2020 releases I need to get to, but Tweet Cute was on the top of my list because it spoke to my bookish and foodie soul so much. The book is told from the perspective of high school seniors, Pepper and Jack. In between being swim team captain, overall overachiever, and running a baking blog with her sister, Pepper pretty much runs her family’s fast chain’s Twitter account. Her classmate, Jack, class clown and secret app developer, does the same for his family’s NYC classic deli, Girl Cheesing. When Big League Burger starts selling a grilled cheese sandwich very similar and with the same name as Girl Cheesing’s specialty sandwich, a Twitter war breaks out with Pepper and Jack running the show.

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I guess Tweet Cute ultimately does fall into the hate-to-love category, but Pepper and Jack really don’t see each other as ultimate enemies. There are some tense moments between Jack and Pepper, but there’s never any true animosity or rivalry between them. Their chemistry is instantaneous, and their banter carries throughout the story. It was just so refreshing and was such a YA enemies-to-lovers romance done absolutely right! I don’t want to spoil it here, but their ultimate ship name was just so, so clever and fit the book perfectly.Read More »