Happy Friday and welcome to my review of one of 2019’s sweetest, swooniest YA contemporaries, Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith!
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith
Published by MacMillan, Swoon Reads on January 8, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Format: ARC, eARC
Mia's best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn's matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.
Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn't count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince - the guy she knows is right for her - and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn't find out that Mia's been matchmaking behind her back.
Mia has two weeks before homecoming. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever?
The Good, The Bad, and The GIF
The Good: If you’re looking for something comforting and sweet, with just enough angst to stop the sugar cavity, then this is the book for you! If you’ve ever wondered whether you should start a matchmaking business, or maybe even go to one, this is the book for you! The teens actually act like teens, everything turns out okay in the end, and it’s just GREAT! I hope everyone really enjoys this once it comes out on JANUARY 8!!!
The Bad: It was missing something. I don’t know what it was missing, but it was missing something. I remember reading that the first couple drafts had Robyn’s matchmaking a result of magic, and I think that would have worked better than just having it be a contemporary. Also, and this is totally a me thing, I wish we had more scenes with Logan before “He likes you, no he doesn’t, yes he does”, etc. More of a slow burn, like with David in Rebel Belle.
Judging a Book by its Cover
This cover is perfection. I remember voting for it on Swoon Reads back in March, and I was super happy the one I voted for won! Also, looking at the blog post for it just now made me notice the treehouse for the first time, and now I love it even more. The only way I could love this cover more is if it were a GIF…. oh wait. IT IS! Here’s a link to the swooniest gif: http://bit.ly/mmiycgifkg Cover: 9/10 stars
For more enjoyable love triangles, read Rebel Belles by Rachel Hawkins
For more swoony contemporaries, read Meet Me In Outer Space by Melinda Grace
What’s your favorite contemporary YA? I tend to reread Sarah Dessen rather than pick up something new, but I’m always happy when I read a new one, so I should try to do that more! Let me know your faves in the comments!
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