Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith (ARC): A Sweet Contemporary Romance

4 stars

Mia’s best friend Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, so Mia to take matters into her own hands and uses Robyn’s matchmaking service to make sure the popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.

Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn’t count on Logan 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.

🌸 Recommended for 13+! It’d be appropriate for middle schoolers too and provides good insight into what it’s like for teens, even if there is more spicy drama than most teens’ lives!

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I am always a sucker for adorable contemporaries, and Tiana Smith’s debut did not disappoint!

I guess what I liked the most about Match Me If You Can was how relatable it was. Even though Mia is going through way more drama than I’ve ever gone through, I’ve ~heard~ of drama like this (real life love triangles!!!) happening and I think it’s really fitting.

And before y’all cringe at the love triangle part, it’s not 100% what I’d call a love triangle–more like a case of indecision and getting stuck in situations that you have to follow through with. Yes, Mia does struggle choosing between Mia and Logan, but the way Smith presents this in Match Me If You Can is something that I greatly appreciated, as it felt really true and real?

Like, Mia isn’t indecisive to the point that everyone is smacking their heads on the wall–she’s indecisive in that real way that yes, she is indecisive and it’s influenced by more than just which guy is hotter or even just the guys themselves. It’s influenced by her best friend Robyn and her matchmaking service, by the drama going around school, by one of her kinda-friends Elena and the rumors she’s publishing in the school column.

That is what makes Match Me If You Can and its high school drama and love-triangle-but-not-quite so real: that teens make decisions not just because of one factor, but from a whole slew of factors from friends and gossip and other people and stress.

And beyond just Mia’s decision between Vince and Logan, I think Smith did a fantastic job of juggling so many aspects of Mia’s life that real teens do have to deal with, and not compromising the story arcs of each element. From the journalism competition to the romance to the multiple friendship problems, I think everything was balanced really well and Smith managed to develop all this to a satisfactory extent without making anything feel underdeveloped, which is a huge feat given that this book is less than 300 pages!

I think the juggling in this story–both Mia juggling factors in her decision making to Smith juggling Mia’s life–was done so well and I’m really excited to see more from Smith because of it, given her knack for doing this critical thing that so many contemporaries need.

And beyond that–this book was just so cute and fluffy and feel-good? Like, yes, Mia is adequately stressed that I believe she is real, but also the romance was adorable and Logan was a nice love interest and the drama was spicy without being stressful.

I just got so many good vibes from this book and it made me happy without being without a plot and without stress on the characters. From the matchmaking business to Mia’s own drama, I though the concept was adorable.

What made this a 4 stars and not higher for me is because I still wanted more. Yes, I think Smith satisfactorily gave us the closure and arcs to the plot that we wanted, but I was really looking for it to be fleshed out more.

I felt like Mia herself didn’t change as much as I wanted her to? I know she learned ~things~ but I feel like there was more left in her journey/romance that wasn’t touched on, and I with this was longer (darn Swoon Reads and their short books).

But overall, Match Me If You Can was an awesome light read that let me just settle down with a fun book and enjoy the story! I definitely recommend if you’re looking for a book to take your mind off life and just enjoy the fun fluff!

Thank you so much to Tiana Smith and Swoon Reads for sending me an advance reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review!

Do you like light romances? What are some of your faves?

8 thoughts on “Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith (ARC): A Sweet Contemporary Romance

  1. I would be interested in seeing if the love triangle presented here could change my mind about the trope as a whole, because it’s definitely not a favorite of mine. This book is on my radar now!

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    1. yes omg!!! this is probably one of the best-done love triangles imo, so I definitely say try it out! the early 2010 love triangles (hunger games, twilight) were serious cringe but this is just one book + short and sweet, so you might actually like it!

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