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You have a Match by Emma Lord

About the Book- You have a Match

A new love, a secret sister, and a summer she’ll never forget. 

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.

The theme of the story is so massive, serious and dark that you can’t package it as a Hallmark movie and expect it to work. 

Read on for our review of the book

Our Review of You have a Match

Ok whoever has abducted Emma lord, needs to return her back ASAP because the one who has written this book isn’t Emma Lord. On the rare chance that its the same Emma Lord, who has written Tweet cute, then…… What happened with this book? If you aren’t aware then let me tell you that this book is written by the same author who had written Tweet cute which was so cute that I tweeted about it 😜 OK that was a cheap joke but the point is that this book is completely opposite of everything good about Tweet cute. The major reason why the book conflicts is because the theme of the story is so massive, serious and dark that you can’t package it as a Hallmark movie and expect it to work. The plot of the story is something that could pile up your shrink bills but the book deals it as casually as somebody not getting into their dream college and settling into an alternative one.

Picture this. One day you suddenly get to know that you have a sibling that your parents never ever mentioned. What would you do? OPTION A: Confront your parents , give them hell for hiding such a massive secret ( maybe even sue for emotional damage….. What ? Its a thought) and probably book the next available slot for therapy or OPTION B : Stalk that sibling, “to know more and how much you match” 🤨, keep this discovery a secret even from the parents and Go on a summer camp to “Discuss more” 🤦🏻‍♀️ Logic says Option A well perhaps not the suing part but yeah thats what many of us would do …right? But apparently in author’s world, it’s not an option. A summer camp and Insta stalking is much more like it

This whole weak base for the book was so massively disturbing for me, that I couldn’t see the book justifying what it was saying and doing. Even when everything is out there, every secret, the past and the aftereffects, the lopsided way in which it all proceeds to a hallmark movie ending, just steam ironed by brain. I think this book was meant to be a dark suspenseful thriller and somehow got the wrong memo on how to perform. Also a lot of events and story development just comes across as casual and not adept to what actually is going on in the book. This kind of ruins the fun as you are thinking that somebody needs to deal with this seriously.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I had problem with the basic plot itself and which by my standards is a big deal because then I stop seeing anything else other than the fact that the plot was mistreated. It is probably not the best way to see and review a book. Other than my issue with the basic plot development, I don’t think I can actually find other faults …. Oh no ! I think there is one …the main character is annoying as $**$. If we look at the language and narration technique then they are good. So basically while I had issue with hallmark treatment of the book, maybe that is exactly what you are looking for in your book. So in that case yes, this is a light, easy and breezy book that would be quick in and out sort of read with a glass of wine. 

Wait !! What ….this is part of Reese’s book club ? 😱 This world has stopped making sense to me 

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