By: Emma Lord
Genre: Young Adult
Bookish Tip: May crack open a hidden need to find and follow a Twitter war.
Special thanks to NetGalley, St Martin’s Press and Wednesday Books for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Emma Lord’s debut novel, Tweet Cute, is a remarkable YA novel. It’s charming, sweet and so very funny…..It is also….dare I say it? It’s CUTE.
I love how Emma Lord incorporates teen social issues. The characters – as most teens do – are trying to live up to their parent’s expectations. They do not quite realize that it is OK to be who they are yet. They are unsure how to fully express themselves to their family and peers. They are basically living their best awkward teenage life.
Pepper and Jack (ship name: PepperJack) are adorable from the get-go. I love that their relationship is not insta-love (authors take note – there is a little too much insta-love out there). Pepper and Jack slowly build a friendship first and then become more.
The Twitter war between Big League’s Burger and Girl Cheesing provides some awesome comedic relief. Social media can be such a daunting beast for any age. It is great seeing the two teens take it on.
Recommendation: A dynamic read. Readers looking for a funny, teenage rom-com will not be disappointed.
Want More YA?
Tweet Cute is Emma Lord’s debut novel which means there are no more books to recommend for Ms. Lord. I wish her all the best on her career. I think she’s going to be great.
I am also not an expert on YA books so I reached out to a blogger friend of mine, Harker of The Hermit Librarian who recommended following:
- With Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
- I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver
- My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
Be sure to click on the link and visit Harker’s blog. She has a ton of YA recommendations for all YA sub-genres including fantasy and sci-fi.