ARC Review: Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Title: Tweet Cute
Author: Emma Lord
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Wednesday Books via NetGalley
Publisher: Wednesday Books 
Publication Date: January 21st 2020 

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.

We are starting 2020 off with a five star review and I am hyped! I actually read Tweet Cute back in July when my wish was granted on NetGalley. I am not the biggest contemporary fan, but from the synopsis of the book I was hooked and knew I needed it in my life. But I was so excited that I pushed my TBR pile aside and dived into it. I loved Tweet Cute so much that finished it in one sitting. It's cute, cheesy, (ha, get the pun?) funny and a fresh take on romance that is going to have readers everywhere swooning. 

Side note: I actually work at Wendy's and our social media has a habit of roasting their twitter followers, @ing their competition and basically causing a lot of fun havoc. (Did you know they also made a mix tape that you can find on Apple Music?) So reading a book about two restaurants going at each  other on twitter? I was really excited for it. 

Back to my review! 

Pepper's family owns a steadily growing popular fast food chain called Big League Burger, where Jack's family owned deli, Girl Cheese, is failing. BLB is launching their new grilled cheeses, but something is fishy about one of them. It is a rip off of the famous sandwich from Girl Cheese that Jack's grandmother created years prior. Taking to twitter to tweet at them, Jack doesn't expect the tweet to blow up. But it does and now its BLB vs. Girl Cheese in the twitter war of the year. Pepper secretly runs the BLB twitter that has millions of followers, which she isn't inclined to but with the pressure from her mom and the failing PR girl, she reluctantly does. But what happens when two competitors begin to fall for each other? Well let's say it isn't as simple at melting cheese on bread. (Another pun!)

Tweet Cute is told in alternating views of Jack and Pepper. I loved getting to see into both of their heads and the plans for the shenanigans the had planned for twitter next. This isn't just a story of two teens in a twitter war, it is also a story of following your dreams, finding your passions and learning that love can bloom in the most unlikeliness of places and even forgiveness. 

We see that Pepper's mom is hugely involved in BLB. It is her entire life. Back in Nashville they were tiny little restaurant that blossomed into something massive and to keep the business in the family (and after divorcing Pepper's father) they move to New York to open the corporate office. Pepper and her mom's relationship is on slightly rocky ground because of the whole social media thing. You can tell that her mother loves Pepper, but she also loves her company and because of that sacrifices time with her daughter. Their are a few instances in this book were Pepper's mom is gone for extended periods of time, leaving her teenage daughter alone. 

Jack lives in the shadow of his twin brother Ethan. Where Ethan is the head of student council and involved in clubs he is popular where Jack is not. But that doesn't stop people from confusing them on a continuous basis. Jack has a knack for app development and actually created an app that is an online chat room for his school. Everyone goes by animal alias and it is all completely one hundred percent anonymous until the app decided it is time to out them (which is all part of the fun.) Jack goes by Wolf and for the past few months has been talking to someone by the name of Blue Bird, I think we can all take a wild guess at who Blue Bird is. While being friends in real life, Jack and Pepper also don't know that the have been anonymously talking to each other for months with no idea. 

I loved the bantering and the arguing that Pepper and Jack continuously have. Their relationship as friends and how it develops into something more was a slow progression and it made them feel even more real to me. The best part is that they actually act like their age, sometimes high school students are written to be extremely immature or too mature and both Pepper and Jack make mistakes and learn from them and are exploring life. It was refreshing and I loved seeing it. 

I basically spent most of this book wanting to reach into my kindle and smash both of their faces together. I was basically like: "WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO KISS!?" But needless to saw I found the romance aspect of this book to be flawless and adorable. 

Overall I really enjoyed Tweet Cute and I know many others are going to love Emma's debut novel. There is so much of this story to love and so many laugh at loud moments that you are not going to be able to help but smile. Tweet Cute also sparked me wanting to read some more contemporary so yay for that! 

1 comment

  1. I laughed about how you set aside your TBR--when this ARC showed up in my mailbox, I stopped reading my current book and "devoured" this one immediately, and also gave it 5 stars.


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