Publication Date: January 12, 2021
Publisher: Wednesday Books (St. Martin’s Press)
Genre: YA Romance
Dates Read: April 26, 2021
Format: ebook via Publisher + Audiobook
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.
Such a cute YA romance novel. I absolutely loved that this story wasn’t just about romance, but was also a story about family and having courage.
Our MC Abby goes through so much. She is already dealing with; 1) The death of her grandpa and 2) Crushing hard on her best friend Leo (who, according to their other BFF Connie, does not like her back).
On top of these stressful situations, Abby, Connie and Leo each take a DNA test to be supportive of Leo who is adopted and wants to know more about his biological family. I’m doing so, Abby discovers that she has a full-blooded sister-Savannah, who is an Instagram influencer.
Reeling from the shock of this gigantic secret her parents have kept for 18 years, Abby and Savannah decide to go to the same summer camp to be close and get to know each other.
This book pulled at my heartstrings, and gave me all the feels. It also had some laugh out loud moments. I loved that the story centered around family, and what to do (and what not to do) when put in difficult family situations. I am very close to my crazy family, so I love when I read a great family centered story.
Aside from the story, the timing was great on this one, and I zoomed through it with no problems. This is a very quick, fun, light read, but a really great one. Emma Lord does not disappoint!
Special Thanks to St. Martin’s Press & Wednesday books for gifting me a ebook copy of the book via NetGalley. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
About the Author
Emma Lord is the NYT bestselling author of YOU HAVE A MATCH and TWEET CUTE, a BuzzFeed market editor, and dessert gremlin living in New York City, where she spends whatever time she isn’t writing either running or belting show tunes in community theater. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in psychology and a minor in how to tilt your computer screen so nobody will notice you updating your fan fiction from the back row. She was raised on glitter, a whole lot of love, and copious amounts of grilled cheese.