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.
Tweet Cute is, well, VERY cute. A YA contemporary done right producing all the feels of the teenage experience without being too predictable. I’ve read my fair share of YA that revolves around modern meets through social media and I think that this is one of the best so far.
The character dynamics and reactions feels genuine and well thought through. I especially like that the teen characters didn’t naturally fit together from the start. They clash, grow and mesh together.
The one negative that I have for this book is that the narration of the two main characters Pepper and Jack are somewhat similar and if I didn’t read the chapter headers I sometimes mistook whose perspective I was reading from. The main characters are stinking cute though, together and individually. Even with similar “inner voices”.
The plotlines are well managed with twists and turns, a solid background that gave me a light bulb moment when revealed and when you’re thinking “huh, the story came to this point way faster than expected”. Don’t worry, there’s more and it’s intriguingly unfolding before your eyes. I think the plotlines all complement each other and furthers the story, in opposed to it dragging on for too long (as the case can be for stories such as these, where you wonder why the book didn’t end after 2/3 of it).
For a debut, Tweet Cute is well written and engrossing. I’ll be on the lookout for more books by this author!
A huge thank you to Wednesday Books (St. Martin’s Press) for including me in the blog tour for Tweet Cute!
Rating: 4 stars
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.
“Tweet Cute delivers in every possible way: a perfect enemies-to-lovers romance, a whip-smart plotline, and endearingly real characters. I devoured it.” – Francesca Zappia, author of Eliza and Her Monsters
“Sweet and fun! An adorable debut that updates a classic romantic trope with a buzzy twist.” – Jenn Bennett, author of Alex, Approximately and Serious Moonlight
“A witty rom-com reinvention for the Twitter age, Tweet Cute pairs delicious online rivalry with deeply relatable insights on family pressure and growing up. This fresh, funny read had us hitting ‘favorite’ from page one.” – Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of Always Never Yours and If I’m Being Honest
Buy Link: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/tweet-cute/
Social Links: @dilemmalord (Twitter/Instagram)