Hey all, Dani here.
Happy release day to Emma Lord with the wonderful YA rom-com Tweet Cute. I was lucky enough to be able to join the blog tour for this book’s release, and I had such a good time reading this book. So, first thing’s first: I need to give out the disclaimer that I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Getting an early copy did not influence my rating or review in any way. Thank you to Wednesday Books for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour.
All right, let’s jump into the review of this YA modern rom-com take on the classic rom-com movie “You’ve Got Mail.”
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.
Rating: 4.5 stars
This was such a good and fun read, and it didn’t actually take me long to finish it when I actually sat down and focused on reading instead of prioritizing other tasks. Both Pepper and Jack were interesting characters, and the story was well plotted out.
I loved the trifecta of interactions between the two. First there’s the Weazl app–so named because of the song “Pop Goes the Weasel”–where all the users start off anonymous and then the more they interact the more likely that their true identities will be revealed to the other person. I thought that it was a fun and fascinating way to handle this part of the story. Because Pepper wonders why they’ve been talking for months without being revealed…not realizing that she has been speaking to the app developer the whole time, and he decided that he likes the anonymous conversation.
Then there’s Pepper and Jack’s interactions in person. Pepper is on the Swim Team and Jack is on the Dive Team, so they bump into each other a lot. Add in the fact that Jack has to take on a lot of tasks because his twin brother (the Dive Team Captain) has so many other activities that he can’t possibly do everything, and Jack and Pepper end up having to work together quite a bit.
Finally, there is their interactions on Twitter. Jack is the primary poster on his family deli’s Twitter feed, and Pepper’s mom keeps asking her to post things for her family’s corporate burger joint’s account (since the actual social media girl isn’t fast or witty enough to come up with good zingers). At first Pepper and Jack don’t realize it’s each other running this online Twitter feud, but when they figure it out they talk about calling off the war…but it is helping bring in the business to Jack’s family’s deli. So they make a deal to keep the war going, with no holds barred.
Honestly it was so fun to see the myriad ways that Pepper and Jack interacted with each other. They are both intelligent people and high achievers. Then throw in fellow student academics, a principal out to stop the app that he thinks promotes harassment, all the Swim and Dive team antics, and a blooming romance and other potential romances, and wow, this book was just chock full of great plot lines.
I seriously can’t wait to pick up my own copy, because this was a fun and cute and witty rom-com novel with a lot of heart and great characters. I’m so glad I read this, and that it lived up to my cuteness expectations. This is a great way to start off the reading year, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have.
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.
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