This story is for anybody who loves the tale of Romeo & Juliet, but with a modern setting in New York City in the era of Twitter wars, and the feud behind the quarrelling families is due to delicious food!
So, a word of caution, you might not want to read this if you’re on a diet… The main character Pepper and her sister run a cake making blog, where they invent delicious treats like “Monster Cake” and “So Sorry Blondies” – in my mind it’s a crime I can’t pop to a local shop and buy these Lord made them sound so good. I ain’t exaggerating here; we’re talking descriptions of brown sugar, toffee batter, dark chocolate, caramel sauce and so on. Tweet Cute could definitely bring out somebody’s sweet tooth if they got their hands on these recipes.
Then on the other hand, the other main character Jack and his family have a family run deli where the make the most delicious cheese melts. When Pepper’s mom’s business makes a rival cheese melt, Pepper and Jack start a Twitter war where it’s all left out on the field as to who’s got the best sandwich.
It’s such an impressive debut, I knew I’d found a new favourite author in Emma Lord by how much Tweet Cute blew me away. I read it in one day and was beyond tempted to start it all over again. It was the perfect pick me up fluffy comedy I needed, where one minute I was laughing at Pepper and Jack’s playful jibes at each other online, and then feeling all warm and mushy seeing their friendship and affection for one another grow. And through their relationship, we get to the root of the more serious arcs of the story, like Emma’s shaky relationship with her mother and how much pressure she’s under with college applications, meanwhile we also see Jack’s frustration with being measured up to his twin brother. Honestly, I must stress again for a debut it’s impressive how flawlessly Lord crafted her characterisation.
It’s also full of popular culture references – from Twitter and social media in general, to Blair waldorf, powerpuff girls, KFC, Taylor Swift, emojis and the list goes on. It’s good fun but I think it’s safe to say it definitely sticks in the YA lane.
This is the perfect story to read if you’re in the mood for a soppy romcom that will leave you feeling cheerful. It’s fun, hilarious and off the charts cute. The definition of a feel good read!