Review: Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

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…

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!

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