Title : Tweet Cute
Author : Emma Lord
Genre : YA contemporary
Release Date : January 21st, 2020
Publisher : Wednesday Books
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 receive an ARC in exchange of honest review through Netgalley. Thank you Wednesday Books for the ARC!
When I first saw this book, I immediately add it to my goodreads shelf since it sounds really cute and patiently waiting for the release date. And when I saw this book on netgalley, I click on ‘wish for it’ without any expectation, because the wish button didn’t really work, right? Except, it ACTUALLY works (surprise, surprise) and so, that’s the story on how I got the ARC of the (possibly) cutest book in 2020. Funny thing is, I actually DNF it the first time I read it, partly because it wasn’t really the enemies-to-lovers that I was expecting (BUT I was kind of in a reading slump too, so it’s mostly my fault). So I tried again closer to the release date, and I’m so glad I did because if not, I’d miss the cuteness that’s PepperJack (yes, it’s the official ship name).
Tweet Cute is told in dual POVs between Pepper and Jack, who couldn’t be anymore different. Pepper is a straight A student and general overachiever, while Jack was more laid-back but is actually a hard-worker, so it comes to no one’s surprise that they weren’t on friendly terms. Both of them has some similarities though, mainly that they come from family that own a restaurant, and they’re both running their restaurant’s twitter account. When Pepper’s restaurant is accused of stealing Jack’s grilled cheese recipe, they engage in a snarky twitter war that got thousands of people invested. The irony is, while they have a war on twitter, they’re also chatting anonymously on an app that Jack built. So yeah, if you count their in-real-life interaction, they’re actually communicating in three different ways, and if that doesn’t scream i’m shippin’ it! then I don’t know what else.
I mentioned earlier that it wasn’t really the hate-to-love that I was expecting, because it turns out they got friendly and they know that the other is behind the twitter account pretty quickly in the book. Still, their journey from enemies to kind-of-friends to actual-friends and finally to something more is pretty swoony too and definitely my favorite part from this book. It’s quite messy (in a teen way), but it’s also charming and endearing and will make you stop reading every few pages to squeal. Another thing that I love is the family relationship in this book, and how Emma handles it. Both Pepper and Jack’s family isn’t perfect, each one always has a flaw and problem in it, but it’s how you solve those problems and flaws to make it better. Tweet Cute also tackle the issue of following-your-dreams well, and I’m happy at how Pepper and Jack end up in the book.
All in all, I definitely recommend this book! While the beginning is quite slow (or at least it is for me), don’t let that stop you because there’s so much more in this book. Tweet Cute is my first Emma Lord book, but rest assured, it won’t be the last.