ARC Review: Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler

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.4

Dahlia Adler’s Home Field Advantage is a sparkling romance about fighting for what – or who – you truly want.

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.13

Photo from St. Martin’s Press

My thoughts

High school is complicated, and Dahlia Adler aptly displays this in Home Field Advantage.

It isn’t easy to replace someone who has died (I was actually in this position once and it is not easy). Jack faces a huge obstacle when starting the position of quarterback for a popular and recently deceased “star”. Not only does Adler place Jack in this position, but Jack is from another town, no one knows them, she’s a girl, and she’s really good at football. 

Then we have Amber who is in the closet except to her boyfriend who is also on the football team and closeted. Small town minds do not make it easy for any of the people involved. There is diversity in this small town as Adler has people who are Black, bisexual, gay, and polysexual. I do not know what race Miguel is, but I believe he is non-white.

Adler includes issues from girls in sports and how those families cope to make their kids’ dreams a reality. The religious thought process of teenage pregnancy and homosexuality. Kids dealing with the death of their friend and tormentor. There is alot at times to unpack in Home Field Advantage

Adler always gives me a romance I love and this one is no different. I love Amber and Jack. I love their journey. I love their compadres and everything about Home Field Advantage. This is one romance I will be rereading year after year.

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Published by: Wednesday Books, June 7th 2022
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Settings: Atherton, FL, U.S.
Pages: 304
Secondary Characters include: Black, Gay, Bisexual, Polysexual

POV: 1st, Dual

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