You Have A Match // Review

I don’t want to jinx myself, but I think my reading slump is over! *celebratory dance*

I finished A Pho Love Story earlier this week and then binge read this bad boy in a night. I am once again devouring stories and loving every moment of it. Taking a short break from fantasy and diving headfirst into some lighter contemporary reads was the move. And what better contemporary to dive into than one by the author of one of my favorite 2020 releases?? Enter You Have A Match by Emma Lord.

Side note: you can find my review of Lord’s debut, Tweet Cute, here!!

Book: You Have a Match

Author: Emma Lord

Published January 12th 2021 by Wednesday Books

Format: ebook

Trigger Warnings

Grief, anxiety, mild injury, death of a family member, adoption/transracial adoption, parental conflict

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. (from Goodreads)

  • Friends-to-lovers as it should be. The jealousy, the angst, the tension was all 10/10. You could really see the depth of Leo and Abby’s friendship, even without reading about the whole thing. The inside Day jokes and the way they just knew each other was so brilliantly done.
  • Do you want to cackle like a hyena on helium??? Read this book. I really love the voice and humor in You Have A Match. It flows so well, it balances pop culture nicely, and I just straight up enjoyed it. Abby was such a fun pov to follow and I couldn’t help laughing at some of the internal monologues she had while the chaos unfolded around her.
  • I thought the Parent Trap had drama. Welp, You Have A Match came to play. The amount of drama in this book is insane, but in the best way possible. Everything that could possibly go wrong does and it is chaotic and highly entertaining. I also love how the characters acknowledge how dramatic and soap opera-esque the whole thing is. I came into this book with the expectation for a fun (but somewhat wacky) plot and it 100% delivered.
  • Friends calling each other out. I vote yes. Strong friendship is my favorite thing to see in books (right behind pirates, obviously). But when friends let each other get away with all sorts of ridiculous-ness without calling each other out?? No thanks. We love friends who are not afraid to give the main character a reality check.
  • Circular conversations = merry-go-round of death. I’m all for dodging each other and skirting around the topic, especially when it comes to the friends-to-lovers trope, but Leo and Abby had the same conversation multiple times. I’m all for the unrequited feelings and will-they-won’t-they dance, but if y’all have the same conversation and deny your feelings one more time I will hit you with a canoe paddle.
  • I could’ve done with less Harry Potter references. There were a lot of them, and not once was JKR ever called out. No thank you.

You Have a Match is an absolutely delightful read. Filled with a chaotic plot, complex and relatable characters, and a whole lot of drama Emma Lord really delivered in her sophomore novel!

Have you read You Have A Match?? What did you think?

22 thoughts on “You Have A Match // Review

  1. This one’s been on my TBR since release, but I’ve been unsure on if I wanted to pick it up or not! I think you’ve def convinced me! But agh, too bad about the HP references :/

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  2. CACKLING LIKE A HYENA ON HELIUM HAHAAA. So I don’t read a lot of contemporary romances but honestly I might have to give this one a try. I know how much people rave about Tweet Cute and I dunno it just doesn’t sound interesting to me but this one definitely sounds better. Aaah, too bad about the HP references…I mean, I know this was just published but maybe it was already with a publisher when all the news came out about JKR being transphobic and stuff? I dunno.

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    1. honestly one of the similes i’m proudest of lol. i’m one of those people who externally react to books and apparently i laugh loudly so i’d say it’s pretty accurate haha.
      fair enough! i personally enjoyed the premise of tweet cute more, but you have a match also brings that humor, well rounded characters, and somewhat out there plots that i loved so much!! def worth checking out!
      yea it really is too bad. i mean maybe??? it was published so recently though, so i’m not sure there is much of an excuse.

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      1. Haha that’s hilarious. Yeah, I laugh to books sometimes but not often.
        Okay, good to know! I mean I have a ginormous tbr that I gotta get through first but I’ll put it at the end heh….
        Yeah, that’s true, I don’t know. I mean I think it usually takes like 1 or 2 years for a book to get published after it gets a deal so…..maybe. But I agree that’s super annoying.

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  3. HAHAHA YES OKAY I LOVED YOU HAVE A MATCH AND I LOVE YOUR REVIEW 💞 it was so great to see the platonic relationships, and the way the found family played out!! the HP references were especially disappointing, but apart from that i loved this book as well!! 100% agree with everything you’ve said!! lovely review 💖

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  4. I love this book so much! I totally agree with you on the Harry Potter romances and JKR though, that was also something that bothered me.


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