Morning, Book Nerds!
I’m thrilled to announce that today is my stop along Emma Lord’s Tweet Cute blog tour. This YA contemporary dropped on Tuesday, and I need a bit more than 280 characters to accurately express how much I enjoyed this debut novel! Scroll on down to check out my thoughts on this
grilled cheesy novel!
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Title & Author: Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Genre: YA Contemporary/Romance
Release Date: January 21, 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Series Details: Standalone
Page Count: 368 pages
Opening Line: “To be fair, when the alarm goes off, there’s barely even any smoke rising out of the oven.”
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.Thank you so much to St. Martin’s Press & Wednesday Books for providing an earc of this book in exchange for an honest review.
From the cheerful cover art and amusing synopsis to Emma Lord’s delightful author profile (see below), I stood no chance at resisting Tweet Cute‘s charms.
Told through dual POVs, this adorable debut centers on Pepper, Jack, and the friends and family that fuel their ambitions and anxieties. Pepper, the stereotypical overachiever, is being pushed to her limits thanks to an AP-heavy class load, a handful of time-consuming extracurriculars, and pressure from her mom to manage the family restaurant’s Twitter page. Jack, the classic class clown, is battling an intense twin complex, the stress of fitting in at his super elite private school, and his desires for a future outside his family’s East Village deli. And when Big League Burger (a massively popular fast food chain and Pepper’s family restaurant) rips off Girl Cheesing’s (read: Jack’s family deli) most beloved grilled cheese recipe, Pepper and Jack find themselves in quite a sticky situation.
Toggling between scenes of the pair’s viral Twitter feud and their IRL encounters at Stone Hall Academy, Tweet Cute manages to fill each page with cheesy goodness. You’ll laugh at the snark of a “Sure, Jan” retweet, grin over the sarcastic texts sent via the anonymous Weazel app, and feel all of the angst, doubt, and worries facing our teenaged MCs on their paths to “what comes next.”
The duo’s chemistry — and banter — is not only believable across all three storylines, but also what drives this story forward. It’s easy to become invested in them as individuals as well as a team you want to cheer for. Their supporting cast however was not as loveable. Except for Pooja, of course, because she’s a dang gem. The two main offenders in the unlikable secondary characters category are: Ethan, Jack’s all-star identical twin brother, who deserves a permanent seat in the “Time-Out Booth” for some of the shenanigans he pulls in this book; and Pepper’s mom who’s blind ambition frequently puts her daughter’s emotional and mental well being in harm’s way.
In addition to some not-so-stellar side characters, my only other problem was that parts of this story felt repetitive, which made the book lag in parts. Jumping between two POVs can sometimes result in this double narrative, but reading lines and scenes that I loved the first time around lost their appeal by their second or third iteration.
At the end of the day, this was a light, fun, and consumable contemporary that gave us a couple to “brie-lieve in, ” and an author to follow for future reads down the line.
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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