Tweet Cute. Emma Lord. Young adult/Contemporary. 2020. 368 pages. 3.5 stars.
No taking it personally. And no holding back… Let the games begin.
I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy in exchange for an honest review.
A fresh, irresistible rom-com from debut author Emma Lord about the chances we take, the paths life can lead us on, and how love can be found in the opposite place you expected.
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.
I watch him go, all tall legs and long strides, and realize just before I turn back that I’m still smiling like an idiot. Somehow, though, I don’t have it in me to stop.
The book rides on the current trend and popularity of Twitter, which made the book easy to relate to. However, I feel like the very reliance of the book on Twitter aged the book for me, especially with all the cat memes and Mean Girls references.
Nonetheless, there were other parts of the story that made it a good read. For example, the subplot between Bluebird and Wolf up’d the stakes for Pepper and Jack, because clearly these supposed rivals are actually unknowingly falling for each other on an anonymous messaging app. How saucy!
I also fell in love with Pepper and Paige’s baking blog with all the delicious treats everyone in the book is obsessed with. I would have loved it if the final copy had the recipes at the back of the book just in case there are curious souls out there (me) who want to try and make these treats.
To conclude, I’m warning everyone of the serious cravings this book can give if you’re not careful. After reading this, I was in dire need of grilled cheese that my entire family ended up finishing not one but two loaves of bread to make grilled cheese.
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.