You Have a Match by Emma Lord
Release Date: 21st July 2022
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Genre: YA, Contemporary
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.
I was one of the people go got completely caught up in the grilled cheese/Tweet Cute hype. I was very excited to read You Have a Match back when it came out in the US, but I didn’t get around to it because of all the other books I wanted to read. I wasn’t really in the YA contemporary zone at the time. But I saw that Emma Lord’s books are releasing in the UK, and I immediately swept them up.
I unfortunately was mostly bored by You Have a Match. I was enticed by the subject matter of a teen girl taking a DNA test and finding a full blooded sister that she had never heard of. I am really into genealogy and it’s one of my favourite hobbies, and I even took a DNA test myself quite recently. This book was SO. BORING. though. It took forever to get going, and while I was initially excited by the summer camp setting, it ultimately ended up feeling a little pointless.
I’m very upset. I’m still going to read Lord’s third book, mostly because I have it from NetGalley, but I am also really hoping that You Have a Match was just a bit of a blunder. more of an outlier than anything. I’m sad by how boring this one was, because I was ready for the drama, but maybe her third book will be better.