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.
Publication Date: January 21st, 2020.
My Favourite Quote: *subject to change*
“Do you ever feel like someone just took something from you?”
Yes, I want to say. Sometimes, it feels like it’s been four years of this place taking and taking, and I’m all out of pieces to give–like I don’t even know the shape of myself anymore.
Received an Advanced Reader’s Copy from publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Ah, Tweet Cute, this book. My heart. (Literally everything I feel in one sentence)
My favourite thing about Tweet Cute (and it takes a really good book for someone to be able to choose something that they like over everything else; because most other books has elements that all shimmer with identical lustre) is that it’s so gentle, it can be called subtle. It isn’t that it doesn’t address all that that comes with teenage, with being a sibling, a child, a student, a person; it does, but with so much gentleness it’s as if we’re being cradled in palms made of down.
I have always said this, that I struggle with multiple perspectives because they are rarely written well. But Emma Lord breezed through one of the–according to me–challenges of writing, like a pro. I enjoyed the two perspectives, never feeling like we were getting more or less of someone or the lack of anything really.
Jack and Pepper just immediately fit in my head and sewed themselves into my heart from the word go. Their struggles, though so very personal to them, was so utterly relatable and I’ve been thinking about it. Jack represented the parts of all of us that go unrecognised, unseen and unheard. Of all that we hide from others simply because we think they do not possess the faith in us that require them to not be surprised by our achievements/abilities. In Pepper we see the parts of us that we fit into a box, give into another’s wants, work ourselves to the bone, keep behind lines and … eventually lose ourselves because of. How can your heart not be moved by these two?
Tweet Cute is on my (growing) list of books that has achieved really good rep on relationships, how they form, evolve and bloom. It shows, thank God, protagonists taking a moment instead of racketing the whole scene up to ‘dramatic’ and unnecessary. I enjoyed immensely how Emma Lord didn’t fall into the typical pressure of angst and drama where not required and there was so many places that Emma could’ve let her story slip between her fingers and ride smoothly down drama-lane. But, nope.
I loved the silent understanding of another’s possible situation because how real is that? How many times have you or your friends been silently aware of something (in one another’s lives) that was rather uncomfortable to discuss and never brought it up but been quietly helpful/understanding of it? Another aspect I enjoyed very much, was the maturity that comes to being able to stick to an agreement and the eventual comradeship and trust that grows between two individuals who can keep their word; it’s almost as if their perseverance to do so keeps reflecting back and forth between the two and in turn increasing the maturity and trust/trustworthiness between them; neither taking/giving more than they should.
At the same time, Emma doesn’t take away from the typical thoughts and feelings that come with being so young; the doubts, insecurities, the hurt and pain and the youthful inexperience to handle them. Also, the humour. The romance. The FOOD. OMG. All the food. AHHH I CAN GO ON.
FIVE STAR ICANTBREATHE. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.