You Have A Match by Emma Lord
When Leo convinces Abby to sign up for a DNA service, neither of them expected to find much. But Abby doesn’t just discover a distant relative, she finds out she has an older sister named Savannah, Savvy for short. Wanting to get to know each other better, they plan to meet at the same summer camp. Savvy works there as a counselor and Abby’s controlling parents enroll her in the camp’s SAT prep classes, none the wiser. Their plan is simple, get to know each other and figure out why Abby’s parents gave Savvy up. But both find more than they bargained for as secrets start to be uncovered.
You Have a Match is told entirely in the first-person from Abby’s perspective. Abby is a great character. Unlike most traditional YA protagonists she is not the model student or daughter. I loved that because it made her all the more relatable. In direct contrast, Abby’s new sister Savvy is the picture of perfection. Instagram influencer, model student, and perfect camp counselor, there’s not much Savvy can’t do. Lord does an exemplary job of juxtaposing the two personalities, but in a way that highlights what they bring out in each other.
I loved the “Parent Trap” feel of You Have a Match. The plot mix of teen fun and drama and the over-arching mystery of Savvy’s beginnings balance themselves out perfectly. What I felt did not fit into that plot was the main love story. To me, it felt out of place.
Fans of the Parent Trap and similar family and teen dramas will love You Have A Match!
Thank you to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for the review copy! All opinions are my own.
Synopsis from Goodreads
From the beloved author of Tweet Cute comes Emma Lord’s You Have a Match, a YA novel of family, friendship, romance and sisterhood…
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.
About The Author
Emma Lord is the author of TWEET CUTE and upcoming YOU HAVE A MATCH, and a digital media editor 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, a whole lot of love, and copious amounts of grilled cheese.