Title: Tweet Cute
Author: Emma Lord
Year Published: 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult ~ Contemporary ~ Romance
Disclaimer: I received this e-arc through Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. The image header and the quote edits used is my own and the link in the book’s details is to the book’s Goodreads’ page and stores to buy the book. All quotes given in the review are from the e-arc and therefore might not be accurate. The summary is my own (well, I summarised the Goodreads description). All opinions expressed are my own.
Pepper: is an overachiever, baker, and is made to run her family’s (well, really her mom) Big League Burger’s huge Twitter account.
Jack: He’s funny, a pain in Pepper’s side, and creates app in his free time. He also runs his family’s (smaller) Girl Cheesing Twitter account.
LITTLE DO THEY KNOW they’re going head to head in a Twitter war, while cementing a solid friendship in an app created by Jack. Anonymously, on both ends.
Who will win in the Twitter war? Will they find out who the other is on the app? Read to find out!
The first 50% of the book had me thinking it was very close to A Cinderella Story – probably because I was watching it before reading this book. But while it reminded me of A Cinderella Story at the beginning – their texting to each other, how close Jack and Pepper were to each in other in correlation withe their online anonymous texts; the similarity ends at the texts. Because this is way different than A Cinderella Story. It’s being compared to You’ve Got Mail, which is a movie I still haven’t watched.
I thought that Pepper was very me – when she has this sarcastic view on things, and then I thought I was Jack when he admits that he sometimes he doesn’t think before he says things. So basically I realised I was all the characters, which sounds like a very YA thing to say 😂
But I did love the two main characters, Jack and Pepper, so much. I loved Pepper because she gets anxious sometimes – which I really liked seeing because it felt right. Characters should definitely be anxious – which, I know, sounds like I’m an awful person, wishing anxiety on everyone – but like, if you’ve read books where characters are in stressful situations, it’s very realistic to have anxiety!! And contemporary romances are very realistic-based. I also loved Pepper because food? And she was very passionate about baking and snarky (good heavens these kids were so snarky) and I was left trying to remember things from my high school years if I was this snarky (probably not. Or at least snarkier in English than Afrikaans).
Jack was a sweetheart as well as a sarcastic little thing and I loved him for it. I wanted more scenes with his grandma, since I could tell that they cared for each other very much, which I really really loved because I too had a very close relationship with my grandmother. Both Jack and Pepper had a bit of a nasty side, which I really enjoyed reading because it made for more interesting characters and intricate personalities.
I must admit, I didn’t like the families in here. Either one. Pepper’s family – with her mom being away so much and seeming to care more about the business than her kids? Like telling her daughter to deal with the twitter account when she’s in school??? Why would you have a teenager be in control of a big franchise twitter account when she’s stressing so much about everything else? Couldn’t you see her stressing over everything and not ask her to deal with the twitter?? Pepper’s sister, Paige, definitely wasn’t my favourite character either – I felt her boring. Like is she mad at Pepper for making the best of the situation?
And the whole thing with the franchise and the mom is that is she doing all of that because she does actually want to create more locations and spread all the great Big League Burger awesomeness or does she just want more money? Or did she start out wanting to create more locations and then go for the money? And where does one draw the line between money and success and what the heart really wants?
And Jack’s family – I liked them a bit better, didn’t like much that the parents were sort of forcing their kids to work at the shop? Like sure, I think it’s good for teenagers to have part-time (if they can fit it into their schedule – which with these characters – they probably don’t) jobs and if my parents ran a restaurant, my sister and I would probably both work in it? She’d obviously be on the floor – waitressing/hostessing, because that’s what she’s done since high school and is still doing – and I’d definitely be behind the scenes, either helping to cook (eat) or probably doing the social media side. Ethan, Jack’s brother, was another character I didn’t have much patience for. He seemed like an interesting character and I liked that we got a bit of m/m representation and relationship. You do get a bit of his character when he and Jack had their fights about which twin is the golden twin, which touched my heart because both thought the other twin was the golden twin.
This level of references is what I want from a book. From the first sure, Jan, reference I knew I was hooked and wouldn’t look back. Mentions of gifs and memes made me virtually applaud the book. I also liked that it was set in the Upper East Side, because everything of that I know comes from Gossip Girl and I really need to watch that again.
The instant I finished the book, I wanted to read it again. There were hilarious moments (and I was on the plane so I was probably laughing and hoping my seatmates wouldn’t wonder what on earth was going on with me) – like when Ethan uses his face to unlock Jack’s phone (I laughed so much). And Jack mentions Pepper’s keen blue eyes and I’m like I KNOW FANFICTION. THAT MEANS YOU LIKE HER.
MINOR SPOILER There’s also something that happens but basically puts them into the public eye – as in their names and photos into a blog article. It didn’t mention their school, thank goodness; but that could probably be found out if someone was really invested in diving deep. And it is bad, because it was revealed that the information was given by someone (sort of) close to Pepper. And the mom does NOTHING. Which I thought was awful because they’re both MINORS. And then other things happen in the comments of the article which is just… even more worse.
Have you read this magnificent book? If not, I really really recommend you buy it or loan it from your library. recommend it to your library (if they don’t already have it), or devise an entire plan to become friends with someone who has the book (or date them, your choice) and they can give the book to you 💪🏻💪🏻
What’s your favourite part of the book? Did you also love the Twitter wars? Did the book absolutely make you super hungry for grilled cheese? Speaking of it – do you dip your grilled cheese in anything? I like to dip mine in mayonnaise 😍😍😍😍😍😍