Tweet Cute – Emma Lord – Wednesday Books- Published 21 January 2020
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.
Tweet Cute is seriously cute. But not in a cringey, saccharine way. It is one of the most genuine, adorable but realistic and heartfelt and, yes, cute books I’ve read in ages-maybe ever. It’s a story about social media, a story about family and the ways in which we fight for them. A story about growing up and trying to decide what to do with your life. It’s a story about the most incredible baking and comfort food. Seriously. Pack snacks. And it’s a story about falling in love, and YA contemporary readers are sure to fall in love with this delightful book.
Pepper is in control of her life. Swim team captain, top grades, and a place amongst the genius students of her fancy New York high school. So what if she feels like she doesn’t really belong, would rather have her family whole again and be living in Nashville, and maybe even have some genuine friends. When her mother insists that she take over their company’s Twitter feed as they launch new stores around the country, Pepper doesn’t expect to have one of her tweets directly challenge a local family-owned deli or for her to have to go head to head with a fellow classmate as he seeks to defend his family’s deli. As Pepper and Jack wage war on Twitter, their paths keep crossing in real life.
I love so many things about this book I thought I would make a list:
– the snarky humour
– The baking. And food. And recipes. And snacks. Yum!!
– Jack’s twin dilemma. Obviously, I didn’t love that Jack is so down on himself, but his comparison to Ethan, the way he feels lesser and destined for lesser things and the complication of this with someone he looks identical to was so great to read.
– The lgbt characters spend 70% of the time kissing or making out.
– Pepper’s country roots – she’s a boots and country music girl at heart
– Pepper feels like an outsider and tries so hard to fit in. Throughout the book she learns some important lessons about herself and the people around her. Some are not worth impressing, others are far more decent than she ever realised.
– Pepper and Jack have three lines of communication going – Twitter war, in real life and anonymously via a chat app. In every aspect they are snarky, honest, and lots of fun to be around. This is not one of those books where you need more convincing the couple work, because this book just gives and gives and gives. And Jack and Pepper so work.
– While the social media storm gets serious at some points and there are some big impacts, it never digs too deep into the seedy side of trolls or nasty comments, so the book doesn’t get negative or bogged down in nasty stuff.
I’m going to love sharing this with our contemporary romance readers. I can already imagine the squeals of delight when they share their love for this book and the characters. And it’s all so deserved. Genuine, relatable and just so much fun to read, Tweet Cute is as every bit as cute as expected and so much more. Best news of all? This is a debut (I’m seriously impressed). I can’t wait to see what Emma Lord delivers next (no pressure).
The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
Category: Young adult fiction
Themes: Social media, family, food, baking, family breakdown, New York, Twitter, online relationships, high school, coming of age, relationships, romance.
Reading age guide: Ages 12 and up.
Advisory: Coarse language, f*** (2), sh** (28), as***** (8), bit** (6), pi** (9), sl** (1). References to alcohol consumption and drug use.
Published: 21 January 2020 by Wednesday Books
Format: Hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook. 368 pages.