You Have a Match

Macmillan Audio. 2021. 856p. $19.99. ISBN 9781250792280.
Gr 7 Up–When 16-year-old Abby sends a sample of her DNA away for a school project, the last thing she expects is to find out that she has a full-blooded sister just 18 months older than her. When they secretly meet, she finds that Savvy is glamorous, an Instagram celebrity, and her polar opposite in personality. Yet there is something that draws the girls together, something more than just wanting the answer to the Big Question: Why didn’t they know about each other before now? Narrator Eva Kaminsky takes control of Abby’s self-discovery journey from the beginning and never lets go. Her nuanced reading reveals Abby’s insecurities about her grades, her unwillingness to stand up for herself, and her confusion about her strong feelings about her best friend Leo. The girls’ discovery of family secrets and deception, Savvy’s obsession with social media, and incidents of friendship drama are all handled with ease and humor by Kaminsky. Leo is Filipino, and Abby, Savvy, and their parents are white.
VERDICT Give this to listeners who want a fun, feel-good story about the importance of family.

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