A huge thank you to Wednesday Books for reaching out to me about the blog tour! A free digital copy of the book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve had my eyes on this book ever since I saw it sold at auction. If I remember correctly, it was pitched as a modern-day You’ve Got Mail, which is one of my favorite movies so of course I was instantly sold. So when I was asked to participate in the blog tour for this book, I immediately jumped on the chance! And I’m even happier to report that I really enjoyed this book.
Title: Tweet Cute
Author: Emma Lord
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release date: January 21, 2020
Genre: Young adult, contemporary, romance
Length: 368 pages (U.S. hardcover)
Synopsis: (provided by the publisher) “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.”
This was a fun, quick, and entertaining read. I love seeing certain social media platforms work their way into stories, and the fact that this book included Twitter was really great. Not only that, but Jack built an anonymous chat app which he and Pepper interact without knowing and… It’s so cute to read their conversations. I enjoyed the whole premise of this book, too, and found myself continually eager to return to this book. (I also read it while I was on holiday break, so… I actually had a lot of free time!) The fact that Pepper and Jack attend the same school, are nearly rivals, only to be spilling their hearts out to each other over the chat app… It’s like an enemies-to-lovers trope but with a twist though I struggled bit to understand why Pepper and Jack held a lot of animosity toward one another in the first place.
I loved that we get fleshed out characters, but they never failed to surprise me. I found a lot of both Pepper and Jack’s struggle relatable, but I also found most of their issues could have been worked out with some good ol’ fashioned communication. I also enjoyed the positive parent/child relationship in this book. A lot of times I think we get parents who are all the way on one side of the spectrum (aka horrible parents). I found Pepper’s mom to be in the middle, as she relied a lot of Pepper to handle the social media aspect of Big League Burger when there was actually a social media manager for the company. It put a lot of unnecessary pressure on Pepper, especially as she’s dealing with being an upperclassman and worrying about actual teen things. She puts up a different facade in front of her mom, dad, and older sister, Paige.
Jack, too, feels like he can’t be his true self, afraid he’ll disappoint his family who seem to depend on him so much. But he also has a lot of internal struggle when it comes to his “perfect” twin brother. When stuff hit the fan, this is where I liked Jack’s parents, and how they not only seemed like his friends but also actual parents, who pushed, punished, and challenged him.
If the fact that I said I looked toward to returning to this book didn’t seem like a compliment to the author, well, I’m telling you it is. I found myself incredibly engrossed, and I enjoyed the way the author writes quips and witty banter between Pepper and Jack. Also, can we appreciate for a moment that Pepper and Jack’s ship name can be Pepperjack? Like the cheese!!! And this is a grilled cheese Twitter war!!! I die.
I definitely look forward to more of Lord’s books, and I can’t wait to purchase a finished copy for myself! You can do so as well by clicking here.
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 theater. 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.