Reviewed by Lori Twichell, Radiant Lit
Genre: YA Fiction, Romance, Comedy
Publication Dates: March 27, 2007
Lauren Holbrook loves coffee, chocolate, her family and her friends and most of the time it’s in that order. (Hey, the coffee and the chocolate give her a nice boost in the happy department – who doesn’t understand that?) What she loves even more than these things is matchmaking. She caught the matchmaking bug when she introduced her sister to her future husband and since then, all of her friends and family have found themselves as contestants on Lauren’s very own version of The Dating Game.
Lauren works for her best friend, Brandon, at his photography studio. She lives at home (hey, it’s cheaper!) with her single father and spends the majority of her time figuring out how to set her friends up with their perfect matches.
She, however, has no plans whatsoever, for getting married. Part of that is because her father made her promise that she’d never get married. The other part is that the matchmaker shouldn’t end up matched herself. Seeing matches everywhere, Lauren has to figure out how to make everyone else see how they belong together as clearly as she does. Sometimes she does this with the use of chocolate. (Who doesn’t fall in love over brownies?) Sometimes she does this with the use of minor bits of deception. (Not a fan of this so much – but it worked out acceptably.)
When Lauren meets Ryan, a handsome carpenter, all bets are off. She’s not about to get married or start dating, but what are his plans?
Lauren Holbrook is a fun character who gets herself into miles and miles of trouble, but is surrounded by people who love her and put up with her crazy idiosyncrasies. Miss Match is like watching your favorite rom-com chick flick written into the pages of a book. Lauren and her friends have witty fun banter between them that sounds more like real life than most books capture. Erynn Mangum
has done a great job in creating a character that’s likeable at the same that she can grate on your nerves (just a little!) and yet still be lots of fun.
With light fun adventures, dating, romance and a good dose of scriptural truth and growth, Miss Match is the perfect book to tuck into a beach bag and read at the beach or take with you like a portable girl’s night out. You’ll laugh, you’ll shake your head and you’ll definitely want chocolate and coffee to go with it.
Rated G – No concerns about any inappropriate materials here.