A review by spearly
You Have a Match, by Emma Lord

funny lighthearted relaxing fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


If I'd read this back in high school, this would be an easy 5 stars.

Guys. It's so dang cute. It's exactly what I'd expect from a summer-camp-parent-trap esque book. Adorable best-friends-secret-crushes romance, secret sister drama, summer camp shenanigans...

(though I always wonder if the authors who set a story at a summer camp have every actually been to a summer camp, because I went to sleepover camp every summer from 8-16, and even worked at that very same camp as a counsellor, and let me tell you, much of what I read about in all these books would not fly. Campers off on there own? No, there's a buddy system/ Precarious falls with no way out where campers and staff could get lost? No freaking way. Plus, at least where I went to camp, there was a buddy number system we had several times a day, so there is no way someone could go missing for a whole evening and overnight  like Savvy does. But I will give Lord the benefit of the doubt, because I do only have my one sleepover camp I ever went to, so I guess others could have very well had more dangerous free rein? I mean, I don't buy it, but I can suspend my disbelief.)

Hella cute. Leo? Lovely. Abby? I mean, she did some things, had some miscommunications the made me roll my eyes, but then I remember that she is 16, and I doubt I was much better at that age. Savvy? Handled finding out about a secret sister in stride.

We got queer teenage love, which wasn't the main focus or even the main love story, but was so nice to see, especially in a YA novel.

Overall, a great, easy read. The kind that made my heart flip. The kind that makes me nostalgic for those summer camp days.

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