You Have a Match by Emma Lord
Publication Date: January 12th, 2021
I know this review is going up during Romance Week, and You Have a Match is really more of a contemporary, than romance. But it’s a semi-recent release, so we’re just going with it. Also, I was planning to review Get a Life, Chloe Brown this week, but I binged it too fast and forgot to take notes. So that review would have just been “IT’S GREAT! READ IT!” and that’s not really a blog post. Anyways, I really loved Emma Lord’s debut novel Tweet Cute (review), and have had my eye on her sophomore novel since it was announced.
You Have a Match is about two sisters who discover each other through a mail-away DNA test. In an effort to figure out what their parent’s stories are, they agree to meet up at summer camp and get to know each other. As the summer spirals on, they each realize what being sisters really means. There’s also a bunch of less elaborated upon subplots woven through the book.
What I Liked:
- Abby & Savvy are such adorable sisterly foils. Honestly I loved the weird funhouse mirror way they seemed to warp into each other at different angles.
- I also enjoy the contrast of their styles of photography, but them still being artists of the same medium.
- The entire idea/plot of the book is so unique and interesting, if executed a bit lackluster-.
- The ensemble cast was a lot at first, but each of the characters ended up being adorable little surprises, especially a few of the side characters. (Mickey, Rufus, & the litter brothers)
What I Didn’t Like:
- There are a lot of “missed connection” moments, like too many. And I’m not saying that because its my least favorite romantic trope.
- I love a good summer camp YA novel, but this felt like a scraped out attempt of that? I just wish that there had been more summer camp-esque shenanigans, and less brooding. Also, that Abby didn’t just recap events to her friend over the phone, instead of us getting read them first hand?
Honestly, I had a really hard time reviewing this book. You Have a Match was a good read, but it was also filled with so many literary things that drove me up the wall. The story and characters were enjoyable, but all the little things kept me from falling completely into step with Abby & Savvy (& Leo & Mickey & Finn & Jemmy & Cameron & Izzy & Connie).
*Thank you Net Galley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.*