Title: Tweet Cute
Author: Emma Lord
Release Date: January 21, 2020
Genre: YA Contemporary/Romance
Number of Pages: 368
Summary: From the jacket: “Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming — mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.
Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.
All’s fair in love and cheese — that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life — on an anonymous chat app Jack built.
As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate — people on the internet are shipping them?? — their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.”
Review: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher, Wednesday Books, and Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I also want to thank Wednesday Books and St Martin’s Press for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour.
Even though Pepper and Jack don’t like each other, they have a lot in common. They both live in New York City, they both go to the same expensive school, they’re both on water-based athletic teams, they both use the anonymous chat app Weazel, and they’re both secretly running company Twitter pages for their parents. This shortlist of things in common is enough to turn the dislike into friendship, and maybe even something more.
My favourite thing about this book was the different relationships between Pepper and Jack. There’s the relationship they have at school, where Pepper is determined to be at the top of the class, and Jack is determined to be the class clown. There’s their unknown relationship on the Weazel app, where they’re both are lost, somewhat vulnerable, and they don’t know how to live up to their family’s expectations. And there’s the relationship they have with the Twitter war, full of memes, jabs, and snarky comments. I loved watching these three different relationships slowly amalgamate into a genuine friendship and eventually something more.
My second favourite thing about this book was the food and baking. The sandwiches at Girl Cheesing all sound amazing, and the Kitchen Sink Macaroons are something that I need in my life. I’m less impressed with the menu at Big League Burger, but Pepper runs a baking blog with her sister Paige and their creations sound divine, especially Monster Cake. I love books that feature food, and food in this book did not disappoint in the food department
The other thing that I loved about this book is that it showed that perception is often different than reality. Pepper and Jack have both spent most of their life believing things that aren’t true. Throughout the story, both Pepper and Jack realize that these beliefs were incorrect, and it changes things for them. These realizations lead to new friendships, better family relationships, and a romantic relationship between the two of them.
Tweet Cute was my first read of the year, and it was perfectly fluffy. The characters were wonderful, the story was super cute, and it was full of cheesy puns. The story felt original and the pop-culture references weren’t overwhelming. Pepperjack is my first major ship of the year, and I know I’ll be blogging about this book and the characters all year long. I highly recommend it and I can’t wait to see what Emma Lord writes next.
Rating: 5/5 stars!
About the Author: Emma Lord is a digital media editor and writer living in New York City, where she spends whatever time she isn’t writing either running or belting show tunes in community theatre. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in psychology and a minor in how to tilt your computer screen so nobody will notice you updating your fan fiction from the back row. She was raised on glitter, grilled cheese, and a whole lot of love. Her sun sign is Hufflepuff, but she is a Gryffindor rising. TWEET CUTE is her debut novel. You can find her geeking out online at @dilemmalord on Twitter.