19 Dec 2022

Review: HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE by Dahlia Adler


Author: Dahlia Adler
Series: N/A
Source: Audio from Kobo
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: June 7, 2022

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Representation: pansexual main character, lesbian love interest

In this sweet and funny new f/f romance from the author of Cool for the Summer, a cheerleader and the school's newest quarterback are playing to win, but might lose their hearts in the process.

Amber McCloud’s dream is to become cheer captain at the end of the year, but it’s an extra-tall order to be joyful and spirited when the quarterback of your team has been killed in a car accident. For both the team and the squad, watching Robbie get replaced by newcomer Jack Walsh is brutal. And when it turns out Jack is actually short for Jaclyn, all hell breaks loose.

The players refuse to be led by a girl, the cheerleaders are mad about the changes to their traditions, and the fact that Robbie’s been not only replaced but outshined by a QB who wears a sports bra has more than a few Atherton Alligators in a rage. Amber tries for some semblance of unity, but it quickly becomes clear that she's only got a future on the squad and with her friends if she helps them take Jack down.

Just one problem: Amber and Jack are falling for each other, and if Amber can't stand up for Jack and figure out how to get everyone to fall in line, her dream may come at the cost of her heart.

Dahlia Adler's Home Field Advantage is a sparkling romance about fighting for what - or who - you truly want.
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Content Warningoff-page death by car accident, off-page pregnancy loss (including some on-page conversation about abortion), homophobia, misogyny, alcohol use (light), references to racism

Hi, I loved this. A cute, sapphic contemporary novel that touches on some tough topics - grief, losing someone in high school, and pregnancy loss - while still being upbeat and full of joy. The relationships were great and I loved this so much!

There were some cliche moments, but Jack and Amber were so cute that I got over it pretty quickly. I would recommend having the mental strength of reading about love, loss, and coming out as this isn't the lighthearted novel that you may think!

My only complaint is that the audiobook narrators sounded much older than the characters, which made it hard for me to get into the groove of high school.

Highly recommend!

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