ARC Review: You Have A Match by Emma Lord

Before I start, I would like to thank NetGalley and Macmillan for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. You can add it to your Goodreads here!

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.

Title: You Have a Match
Author: Emma Lord
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Representation: Filipino love interest, lesbian main character, Asian side characters, bisexual side character & minor character
Trigger Warnings: Grief, anxiety, injury (mild), death of a family member, adoption/transracial adoption, parental conflict
Final Rating:  4.5 stars!!

What I liked

The strong friendships. I feel like reading about strong friendships are always so much fun, and they just serve as a reminder to be thankful for my own. The relationships in You Have A Match were to die for, and they just felt so authentic and genuine, something I feel isn’t present in so many YA novels!! I also loved how even though there was such an adorable romance, it didn’t take up the whole plot! It stayed at the side during the whole novel, while the sibling relationships, and strong friendships mostly stayed as the main focus.

All the amazing tropes. There were SO. MANY. of my favourite tropes in this book!! There was found family (quite literally in this case) and HUGE parent trap vibes!! There were also sibling relationships, strong friendships and friends-to-lovers which I adored!! There was also SO 👏🏼 MUCH 👏🏼 BANTER 👏🏼 I know that so many other readers also love banter, and this book was full of it!! Some other things that were present in this book include pranks, as well as tons of family drama and sisterly love!! Read my post about tropes here.

The characters. All the characters were well developed, and all of them had distinct personalities and traits. I also felt that each of them felt authentic, and I think I mentioned this before, but all the relationships were so so genuine and didn’t make me cringe while reading through the book!! I feel like so many YA books aren’t able to portray teenagers realistically, and there’s always a lot of stereotyping, leading a ton of teen readers to cringe while reading the books. Each of the characters were cinnamon rolls extremely lovable and I found myself rooting for each and every one of them, and not just Abby, the main character.

What wasn’t my cup of tea

The unrealistic events. I feel like a lot of events in You Have A Match were really unrealistic, and a bit too coincidental. What I mean by this is that a lot of these events would probably not have been able to happen in real life, and felt straight out of a Disney movie. Like Marie also said in her review, a lot of events felt a bit over the top and exaggerated, and that was completely unnecessary!!

Overall!

I’ve given ‘You Have A Match’ a rating of 4.5 stars (as you can see above), because it’s a fun, light, fluffy, contemporary read full of diverse characters, and a super fun plot!! (we need more books like these)!! It was easy to go through, and the pacing was just right!! Honestly, I would go ahead and recommend this to anyone because I’ve seen very few negative reviews for it, and I know it was a delight to read!! However, these are just my opinions, and everyone is entitled to their own, so you may, or may not like it as much!! I do hope you get a chance to pick it up when it’s released!!

Others reviews I enjoyed reading:

Have you read You Have A Match yet? Are you excited to get yourself a copy when it’s released?? What are other YA contemporary books with the trope ‘found family’, or good sibling relationships that you enjoyed?

40 thoughts on “ARC Review: You Have A Match by Emma Lord”

  1. This book sounds very interesting, so I’m glad to find your review of it! The representation looks incredible, big thumbs up there!! I’m so happy to see that the characters were loveable, I agree, sometimes the characters in YA books are so unrealistic in the way they talk and think. (And we are so here for the cinnamon rolls, righttt?) Ooh it’s so cool that this has ‘Parent Trap vibes’ lol I wonder how that will play out! I’m trying to build my MG and YA contemporary lists hehe, and I think I’ll add this one to the TBR (even though I don’t really like cheesy scenes, I suppose if everything else is all right, I can still enjoy it 😁) Lovely review, Ahaana!!

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    1. thank you so much!! the representation is great and theres a lot of bipoc rep!! i feel like this book was actually quite good at portraying teens, and they all felt realistic, and all their relationships felt authentic and genuine!! (haha, lets be real we’re only here for the cinnamon rolls ;)) without spoiling anything this book has MAJOR parent trap vibes!! its a super fun read and i hope you enjoy it!! 🤍

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  2. lovely review as always, ahaana!! I’m so waiting for this book although the ‘unrealistic’ bit made me wonder if I should pick up the book (sure, love at first sight could be quite cheesy but so many coincidences? Nope, not going there). But I WILL DEFINITELY READ THIS BOOK

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    1. ahh becky!! thank you so much!! i feel like the good parts of the book definitely more than make up for the unrealistic events!! this book actually isn’t love at first sight, and the romance is just at the side, though there are quite a few coincidences!! i hope you love it! ❤

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  3. ahaana, you have convinced me!! i’m SO happy to hear about strong friendships in this novel, indeed YA has a lack of friendships that take the centre stage as they are usually overlooked for romance, which makes books like you have a match seem even more precious!! the tropes! found family? okay yes, to tbr!! lovely review ahaana!

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  4. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. I’d heard a lot of good things about Lord’s first book Tweet Cute and I’m glad this one seems to have been received just as well !! It definitely sounds like it has so many good qualities from the tropes (!!) and the fun plot. Plus, it is always great to see that teen characters are written well !! also did you say cinnamon rolls?? one of the best characters types ever !! GREAT REVIEW !! 💕

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    1. thank you so much!! i haven’t read tweet cute yet, but after reading (and loving) this one, i can’t wait to try tweet cute out!! there are so many amazing tropes, and you have a match is SO. FLUFFY. the characters are also the sweetest (definitely cinnamon rolls)!! i hope you enjoy it if you get a chance to read it!! ❤️

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  5. Omg Ahaana you have just made me SO EXCITED to read this. I’ve seen some fairly mixed reviews, but I absolutely adore Tweet Cute so have to read it asap. I’ve just been nervous. But ah sibling relationships and friends to lovers are also some of my faves so even more hyped now!! Love this review <3<3

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