So heart-squeezingly adorable! Seriously, like the sweetest, cutest romance I’ve read in a long time. I don’t read a lot of YA romance, but I loved Tweet Cute, so I didn’t hesitate to give this a try. And while I wanted more Leo and Abby – like, as much Leo and Abby as I could get – this was a really cute read. There’s perhaps too much focus on the sister/family storyline for my personal taste and 100% not enough romance, but Lord’s got such a readable, easygoing writing style that I was still invested in the story. If you’re a fan of YA romance and are looking for something that will make your cheeks hurt with its smile-inducing ending, then this might just be the book for you.
The story follows Abby, a high school student who is feeling a little lost. She’s been best friends with Leo forever, but their relationship became strained after an awkward “incident” last year. So when they both take DNA tests and hers comes back with unexpected results (a sister she never knew she had), Abby isn’t sure what to do with the information. As she navigates the complexities of meeting a new sister, keeping secrets from those she loves, and seeing a whole new side of Leo, Abby is forced to make some changes in herself. Attending the summer camp that both her sister and Leo are at brings that all to a head, and Abby isn’t sure how to handle it all.
This is a true YA romance, with no explicit scenes and just a few kisses throughout. There’s still a great connection between Leo and Abby, and I loved the amount of history between them. It’s the kind of best friends to lovers romance that I love, though dampened a little bit by all of the teenage drama and the DNA storyline. Which, I actually did think was pretty unique – Abby takes one of those online tests, and her life is changed in the way that everyone always worries about when they complete them. I liked the family stuff, but that’s really not what I was reading the book for, so it felt like it took away from the focus. With Tweet Cute, Lord’s first book, the romance was central to the storyline and even the subplots advanced that. That’s not really the case here. Yes, Abby’s life changes affect her relationship with Leo, but mostly just in a way that distracts from the central plot. I liked the story, I loved Lord’s writing style, and the ending gave me all the warm and fuzzy feelings. I’d have preferred a lot more romance, but this was pretty good. I received an early copy via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review of this teenage romance.
A new love, a secret sister, and a summer she’ll never forget.
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.
“A YA contemporary set at summer camp? Count us in.” —BuzzFeed
“Heartfelt and engaging, You Have a Match is a masterclass on love in all its forms.” —Sophie Gonzales, author of Only Mostly Devastated and Perfect on Paper
“A bright summer tale of connection and self-discovery.” —Booklist
“A cute, feel-good coming-of-age story.” —Kirkus
Have you read Tweet Cute yet?
I read an ARC version of Tweet Cute back in 2019, and I knew it was something special. The adorable, sweet, fun, and modern take on You’ve Got Mail became a pretty buzzy book in 2020, so even non-YA fans (like me) loved it. If you want some unique, fluffy goodness, it’s definitely worth a read.
About the Author:
Emma Lord is a digital media editor and writer living in New York City, where she spends whatever time she isn’t writing either running or belting show tunes in community theater. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in psychology and a minor in how to tilt your computer screen so nobody will notice you updating your fan fiction from the back row. She was raised on glitter, lots of love, and a copious amount of grilled cheese.
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