“That sense of pushing off something solid, leaving something behind and thinking, No going back now.”—You Have a Match
Just the second novel from new author Emma Lord, You Have a Match is a heartfelt read for all ages. Babies of the Parent Trap generation will adore this sweet tale of sisterhood and friendship.
Emma Lord has some serious writing skills. Starting with a unique and truly of the times premise, the question of what would you do if you found out that you had a full-blood sibling is something not everyone would handle gracefully. For teenager Abby Day, that very question rocks her world.
There is an overarching mystery in You Have a Match, which I adored because it brought sisters Savannah Tully and Abby Day closer together. If their parents knew each other prior to Savvy’s birth, then what happened to cause the abrupt end to their friendships? It’s one of those wonders of life when a child realizes that their parents are real people who make real mistakes, and watching Abby and Savannah come to grips with the consequences of their parent’s decisions make this a truly memorable read.
It’s not just how parents and children navigate relationships in You Have a Match. Savvy and Abby learn how to become sisters to each other, as well as friends. They each have their own personal relationships to contend with as well. One aspect that I applaud is the normalization that Savvy has a girlfriend. There isn’t any drama to a same sex teenage couple, and honestly why should there be? Abby also faces the challenge of coming to terms with her feelings for her best friend, Leo. She alludes many times to the BEI (Big Embarrassing Incident), and yet Leo’s relationship with Abby is one of the most poignant.
I highly recommend reading You Have a Match. Emma Lord has crafted a story that is perfect for any age, and for parents, siblings, and friends. A memorable read from start to finish, You Have a Match will be a highlight on your reading list for sure.