Published by St. Martin's Press, Wednesday Books on January 21, 2020
Genres: YA, YA Romance
Source: St. Martin's Press
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Narrator: Dan Bittner, Emily Shaffer
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
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.
by Emma Lord
Good Lort. I know people have said it before me…but the cuteness in this book? Dawwwww!
I love a good enemies to lovers story and TWEET CUTE did not disappoint. On one side of the ring we have Pepper, a 17 year old girl from Nashville who moved to New York City a couple of years ago and has been attending an elite high school. She’s the heiress to a fast food chain and loves to bake delicious things with weird names. On the other side, facing our rich girl adversary is Jack, classmate and son of small business owners in the Big Apple. And you guessed it, they are running a deli. He is also a wizard when it comes to coding apps and responsible for a little socializing app he made for his school specifically. Only no one knows about this little fact. A grilled cheese special, of all things, is what pushes these two in a Twitter war that soon is in danger to spiral a little out of control.
At some point, it stopped being a war and started being a game.
I thought the forth and back between Pepper and Jack was fun! I wish I had been that eloquent and smart at that age. But what I loved most about it was that their growing friendship and attraction didn’t suffer for it. In fact, it actually enhanced their connection.
“You know, for someone named Pepper, you’re pretty salty about losing.”
She groans at my pun as she shoves her hair back into the cap, but then counters, “For someone named Jack, you’re pretty bad at knowing when to hit the road.”
I loved their innocence and inexperience so much and that first and second kiss are my favorite things in this story. Ahhh, to be a teenager again! Smartass lines and twitter war notwithstanding I felt that Pepper and Jack were pretty mature and reflected on themselves quite a bit. They saw the things that went wrong in their lives and fixed them.
And then we’re hugging, because I guess that’s just a thing we do now, and it’s great and it’s awkward, but it’s terrible because as soon as it happens, I don’t want to let her go.
I have to admit that Pepper’s mom annoyed the hell out of me for most of the book – a 17 year old girl has no business being responsible for the social media account of a big company. And when she started pressuring her daughter I wanted to smack some sense into her but you while reading I got a sense that there were some more serious reasons afoot, why Pepper’s mom was a dog with a bone about it. So when the dirty laundry was aired I understood why. Likewise, Jack’s dad and his expectations of Jack irritated me a little but that was cleared up, too. It really irked me that everyone in his family seemed to underestimate this bright young man. And don’t get me started on his twin brother.
TWEET CUTE is an adorable, highly amusing YA debut with a lot of pop culture references. I was hungry for most of the book and my sweet tooth craved some sugary calories. I also had the urge to watch Mean Girls again.
I’m really impressed with the writing style that has a very engaging flow to it. I will definitely read more of this author!
There you have it, folks. A fitting end to the cheesiest romance ever told, and a love we can all brie-lieve in.