Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler Review
Title: Home Field Advantage
Author: Dahlia Adler
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Publishing date: 7th June 2022
Rating: 4/5 stars
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.
Content warnings: off-page death by car accident, off-page pregnancy loss (including some on-page conversation about abortion), homophobia, misogyny, alcohol use (light), references to racism.
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My thoughts: Sports romance is not something I would normally pick up, but when I found out it was sapphic I just had to read it! This book tackles some difficult topics, such as homophobia and bullying, while also adding much lighter moments, like the romance between Jack and Amber.
Jack and Amber are in completely different places in relation to their sexualities. Jack is comfortable and confident about who she is, while Amber is still in the closet. In their small town, it’s not something that she would really want to flaunt.
This book has so many funny moments, especially between Amber and Jack, which really lightens the mood of the book. I absolutely love this pair, they are just the cutest! And I really enjoyed the queer spin on the cheerleader/quarterback romance trope.
Hope you all enjoyed my review! If you’re looking for a cute summer read, this is the one for you! Happy reading x
About the Author
Dahlia Adler (she/her) is an Editor of mathematics by day, a Buzzfeed blogger and LGBTQReads overlord by night, and a Young Adult and Romance author at every spare moment in between. Her novels include the Radleigh University trilogy, Kids’ Indie Next pick Cool for the Summer, and Home Field Advantage, and she is the editor of the anthologies His Hideous Heart (a Junior Library Guild selection), That Way Madness Lies, At Midnight, and, with Jennifer Iacopelli, Out of Our League (upcoming from Feiwel & Friends). Dahlia lives in New York with her family and an obscene number of books, and can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @MissDahlELama.
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