Tweet Cute

Tweet Cute

by Emma Lord


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"A witty rom-com reinvention … with deeply relatable insights on family pressure and growing up.” - Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of Always Never Yours and If I’m Being Honest

“An adorable debut that updates a classic romantic trope with a buzzy twist." - Jenn Bennett, author of Alex, Approximately and Serious Moonlight

A 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250237323
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/21/2020
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 38,801
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Emma Lord is a digital media editor and writer living in New York City, where she spends whatever time she isn’t writing either running or belting show tunes in community theater. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in psychology and a minor in how to tilt your computer screen so nobody will notice you updating your fan fiction from the back row. She was raised on glitter, grilled cheese, and a whole lot of love. Her sun sign is Hufflepuff, but she is a Gryffindor rising. TWEET CUTE is her debut novel. You can find her geeking out online on Twitter.

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Tweet Cute 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Adanna_H 27 days ago
Overachiever Pepper and class clown Jack attend the same elite private school but don't know each other well. They suddenly find themselves in a viral Twitter war over a grilled cheese sandwich. As their battle become personal, the two realize that they are falling for each other and have a shot at an awkward but all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected. This book is cheesy and gooey in the best way, just like a grilled cheese sandwich. The book is a fun twist on the snarky social media wars that are commonplace today. I loved the banter between Pepper and Jack which often made me laugh out loud. In their exchanges, you really feel their connection and see how well they come to understand each other. Pepper and Jack's relationship is best part of the book. Though lighthearted, this book does a great job of addressing some serious issues like the importance of pursing your dreams instead of doing what is expected of you, sibling rivalries, and forgiveness. I would definitely recommend this book. Team PepperJack! Thank you to the NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
mudder17 27 days ago
4.5 stars A totally appropriately titled book! A cute romance involving internet wars, internet romance, and real-life romance. And of course, they all end up involving the same two kids. I received this ARC some time ago, but because of the late publication date (next year), and the fact that this is not my usual genre, I kept delaying the start of this book in order to read or review other books. I'm sorry I waited because it turned out to be a very enjoyable book! There were a few moments when I thought, "Oh no, you're thinking the worst of the other person; wait until you have the facts," but the truth is, this is very realistic, especially on the internet. Still, there were times I kind of cringed as I read about an adult doing something totally stupid. As is true for most things on the internet, things get out of control, FAST! And as is quite evident these days, it doesn't matter if you're a teen or you're an adult. It's very easy to act like a spoiled toddler. One thing I did like is that once Pepper and Jack found out the twitter stuff was each other, they turned the twitter war into a game and it was more fun than anything else. It just sucked that external forces turned it into something no longer fun. But I did like the perspective they gave it after things went out of control. Yes, I totally loved Pepper and Jack! In the end, I ended up loving most of the characters (well, except that Landon character, lol, but he's kinda peripheral, so that's okay) and liked how they each learned from their mistakes and essentially did some growing up, including the adults! Ooh, and Gramma Belly was a hoot! If you like teen/YA romances, you should definitely give this book a try. Thanks to #EmmaLord, #NetGalley, and #StMartinsPress for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
dottie_b 16 hours ago
Where do i start with this book? it cheesy as hell ( in a good way) and pun attended. it a twist on the classic Romeo and Juliet story, but we get the ending we want no death. Now coming from someone who doesn't have a twitter account i don't get the whole twitter thing, but i do get the war I kind of saw that the mom was getting out of line at points and being blinded by something, but i didn't see it until later why. Overall it a cheesy fun rom-com type of a book and i loved it even though it kept me up reading way past my bedtime some nights
LPMoreland 22 hours ago
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord is a sweet, sassy YA rom-com that feels fresh and relevant in the digital age--there are twitter wars, viral memes, cyber bullying and high school drama. The characters are fun and relatable, and they act like teenagers (so that's a plus!). I was rooting for the two main characters the whole time; it wasn't really enemy to lovers, but it was antagonistic acquaintances to boyfriend/girlfriend, which is a great YA equivalent. I felt like their relationship was very age appropriate. The story wasn't just about will they or won't they date. Emma Lord made sure to add in other layers to their stories--family turmoil, financial struggle, themes of identity and self vs familial expectations, The ending was both adorable and rewarding, and it was realistic to the age of the characters and the genre. The reason behind the epic twitter war, once revealed, did end up feeling a bit contrived, but it worked plot-wise, so I can't really complain. The mom, also, came across as immature and shallow. But throughout her character arc, she "grows up" by the end, so again I'll allow it. (lol) On a totally different note, this book made me really hungry. From the sandwiches in the deli to the sweets baked by Pepper, I really wished the book included all the recipes. I received a complimentary copy of Tweet Cute in exchange for my honest review.
Kierstin Carnahan 2 days ago
Warning: don't read this book while hungry! The many food references had me drooling throughout the book. I need monster cake asap. Also, a one of grandma's grilled cheeses. Like the title suggests, this book was so cute. I loved Pepperjack! I thought the multiple levels of unveiling their identities to each other worked well. Tweet Cute was a modern, original take on a YA romance story. I had been anxiously awaiting the release of this book since I found Emma Lord on Twitter months ago.
mschaeff 2 days ago
I will start out by saying that I feel like “teenage enemies somehow start texting, sometimes anonymously, discover they actually like each other via textual flirtation” is slowly becoming a weird niche genre in YA. And this book does admittedly feel a little “Letters to the Lost” meets “Red, White, and Royal Blue” with some “You’ve Got Mail” thrown in. It will probably draw some comparisons. But it’s just so… good. I cannot tell you how rare it is for me to read a 330-page book in one sitting, but I couldn’t put this one down. All the characters are astonishingly well crafted, with teenage issues that actually feel realistic, and look, let’s get this out of the way now, Jack is basically everything you could ever want in a male protagonist. (He’s perfect, and I will fight you on this point.) Pepper is also pretty awesome. Their slow, flirty development over the course of the book is so fantastic that you can basically forget about the anonymous chat subplot if it feels overdone. And it’s awesome to see a book with pop cultural references that don’t totally miss the mark – make no mistake, this one is absolutely for millennials, and I have never laughed more at literary Mean Girls gifs or “sure, jan” references. And I only found three things to complain about in the entire book, which is really saying something: 1. I felt like the conflict and tension between Jack and his twin Ethan could have been a little more resolved. 2. Where is the recipe for Monster Cake?!?!?!?!? I need it in my life. In conclusion, I give this book five stars and/or five heart eyes emojis. Fantastic, fluffy, and ultra sweet. (This book was provided as an ARC in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley.)
nahyee 6 days ago
Publisher’s description: 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. ********** I loved this book! Emma Lord’s “Tweet Cute” is a witty, fast-paced, updated version of Nora Ephron’s 1998 film “You’ve Got Mail”...VERY updated. In the film, the love interests are waiting impatiently for a dial-up internet connection in order to chat. In “Tweet Cute,” responses are instantaneous, and Pepper and Jack’s world can get turned upside down in the time it takes Jack to jump off the high dive. We know these two are destined for love, and it’s so much fun taking the ride with them. Classified as Teens and Young Adult, this is an appealing story for adults as well. So much fun! I received an advance digital copy of this title from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.
AmandaLeeC 7 days ago
3.5 stars. This was a cute read and I liked the modern You’ve Got Mail vibe but it was rather cheesy. For the most part, I enjoyed the characters and banter. Some of it felt unnatural and parts of the were far fetched - like, why are kids in charge of business social media? That just doesn’t seem right at sll If you want a cute, light, cheesy read, then I’d recommend this.
ForTheLoveOfReading 8 days ago
4.5/5 Tweet Cute is a perfect way to start off the new year! With fun characters, hilarious dialogue and fantastic messages about how important communication and mental health is, Emma Lord is setting the bar for 2020 YA Contemporary. Casey McQuiston took 2019 with Red, White and Royal Blue. If Tweet Cute doesnt sweep 2020 there is no justice in the world. It all starts with a stolen recipe. Pepper and Jack are heading the flame war for their families company Twitter feed. Memes are made. Shots are fired. It becomes a viral sensation. People are even shipping the duo without knowing who they are. Not that THAT doesn't make things awkward. Neither are aware that the other is involved. There even sorta friends..maybe more? Bit by bit they start piecing things together. Misunderstandings, betrayal, and old truths come to the surface. At first it was fun, now its more heartache then its worth. What makes it worse is that it's not just their lives being affected anymore, it could cause more trouble for their families businesses too. The narrative of Tweet Cute is perfect for modern times. Its so easy to make a comment without any regard to the damage it can cause. If you're tucked away behind a screen, you can't get hurt right? Wrong. Its not just the digital aspect. Lord gives us the insight into two very different family dynamics. Pepper with a split family, work-a-holic mom, relatively close sibling and father. She's stressed from school things and being expected to take care of the companies twitter feed even though there is an assistant whose supposed to do that, all while trying to figure her own life out. Jacks family is incredible close (well he and his twin have a love/love to throttle relationship). He works hard but sometimes it seems like thats not enough. He is expected to take over the family deli which he loves but hates the idea that he gets no choice in the matter. Its always been expected. The flow and timing of the story was fantastic. The dialogue could get a but juvenile but that was mostly during the flame wars so its to be a bit expected I think. It's cheesy, its fluffy and so much fun. There's quite a few pop culture references in this as well. Don't get me started on the recipes! There are so many in here I want to make its not even funny. If Emma puts out a recipe book to go with this someone please tag me cause I need it. That aside, I highly recommend picking up a copy. This was a lot of fun.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Thanks to NetGalley and to the publisher for sending me an e-galley of this book in exchange for an honest review! Tweet Cute is pretty much You've Got Mail, but with a social media twist. Pepper is a senior, captain of the swim team and she has her sights laser focused on getting into Columbia. She still feels like an outsider at her prestigious private school and feels she has to fight tooth and nail against the other students to hang onto her ivy league dreams. She was dropped into the deep end after her parent's business "Big League Burger" exploded onto the scene and now her mom is heading up the corporate office in New York, a long way from Pepper's Nashville roots. Along with balancing school and extracurricular activities her mom has tasked her with helping on the Big League Burger twitter account, offering advice to their social media manager who is in over her head. Jack is always contending with his twin, Ethan who he has deemed the golden twin. He's popular and can sweet talk anyone while wearing a face strikingly similar to Jacks, so similar that many of his classmates mistake him for Ethan and he gets to see the visible disappointment on their faces when they realize it's just Jack. Their parents own a small deli called Girl Cheesing that has been in the family for generations which Jack and after Big League Burger comes out with a new grilled cheese sandwich that looks a lot like their "Grandma's Special", Jack takes to social media with a snarky vengeance. The two spark up a twitter war that quickly goes viral all the while communicating anonymously on Weazel, an app that Jack created. As their handles Wolf and Bluebird grow closer, the twitter battle is getting increasingly personal. Tweet Cute is written in such a fresh and lively way that in undeniably young without feeling forced or like an older author using "teen speak". It perfectly encapsulates the playful banter of two online pen pals as they grow closer, using the anonymity of the internet to lower their defenses and talk plainly about the struggles of being a senior and living up to their family's expectations. It also has to be one of the sweetest and purest things I have ever read. If you like cute and fluffy rom-coms and you spend any of your time on twitter. You'd LOVE this book. It's a must own for me.
bookchelle 10 days ago
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord was a buzzed book. A really highly buzzed book. But that didn't stop me from wanting to immerse myself in this story, be obsessed about the cover, or even fall in love with this story.  The synopsis says it all. It's a Romeo and Juliet if it revolved around grilled cheese snark on the internet. I fell in love with three simple details: Grilled Cheese was the main attraction. Their social media snark was EVERYTHING. Their virtual conversations were like a 20th century Cyrano retelling. I love Pepper. She's who I thought I was in high school, if I was actually that cool. I really connected to her, especially with every worry and desire that she had. It was easy to get completely obsessed with her story. My heart goes to Jack. He is a sweet guy, who means well, and well. High school, right? I appreciated and loved the dynamic between Pepper and Jack, together and individually. I also enjoyed the interactions with their families and their personas online. They added a third dimension, another special element that just added to why I loved LOVED loved Tweet Cute.  This story had it all, for me. The pacing was perfect. I was engaged the whole time and just couldn't put it down. I'm so thankful for the the early copy that I had. I can't wait for more from Emma Lord.  *Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.*
Anonymous 11 days ago
Can we talk about how completely adorable and amazing this book is?? I came into this book from a reading slump, not very excited about it or reading in general, and not expecting much from it beyond an entertaining rom-com. What I didn’t expect was for this book to grab me by the collar, spin me around until I was dizzy and couldn’t bear to put it down, pull me out of my reading slump, and kick me out the other side wondering how I ever could have doubted it. The story follows two POVs: Pepper Evans and Jack Campbell. Pepper is an uptight, straight A’s student with Ivy League dreams, the daughter of a successful fast food empire. Jack is the class clown and twin brother of the most popular boy in school, whose family owns a small but popular deli. The two already don’t get along. Things only get worse when they get into a Twitter war through their respective company accounts over a grilled cheese recipe. In many ways, this is a classic rom-com with all of the wonderful and wacky tropes that come along with this type of story: hilarious miscommunication and misunderstandings, convenient coincidences, witty and flirtatious banter. (SO much banter.) Pepper and Jack were just fun to read about; every scene they had together put a smile on my face. Plus, you know how I love a cheesy (hah) food pun, and this book delivered. But the book also strikes the perfect balance between silly rom-com and genuinely impactful coming-of-age story. Pepper and Jack aren’t just flat snark machines; they’re complex, fascinating characters who deal with some heavy issues like family expectations, complex sibling and parent dynamics, and the pressures of growing up. The book portrays the realities of the stress placed on teens to do so many different things at once: succeed in school, do a million extracurriculars, have a social life, and maintain an online presence. I loved how Emma Lord dealt with these issues, not just through the main characters, but through side characters like Pepper’s main academic rival, Pooja. It’s an important thing for kids to read about, that your entire life isn’t determined by what you do or don’t accomplish in high school, and that the education system pitting kids against each other is messed up. I wish this was a book I’d had when I was a teen. If you’re a fan of rom-coms like You’ve Got Mail, YA contemporaries that are both silly and thought-provoking, banter, puns, and delicious-sounding food (please Emma Lord drop the recipe for Monster Cake), then do not miss this book. I had a blast while reading it. There were several times that I was so invested that I had to remind myself that the stakes were just two kids getting together, nothing life or death. It would get physical reactions out of me: I held my breath during tense scenes, hugged my knees to my chest and squealed during cute scenes, and once, shook my fist in the air like a cartoon villain when something went wrong. (I’m just glad no one was in the room with me when it happened.) This book is definitely making the list among some of my favorite YA contemporaries. Adorable, timely, and entertaining from start to finish, it was exactly what I needed in my life. You’re probably not going to get me to shut up about it for a long time.
FadedPages 11 days ago
4/5 stars This was such a sweet YA romance that lightly covers some serious teen subjects. I really loved PepperJack and couldn't help shipping them from the start! Synopsis Pepper's family runs Big League Burger and Jack's family runs Girl Cheesing. When Big League Burger releases a grilled cheese that's a identical copy to grandma's special at Girl Cheesing, things take to Twitter and get a little heated. Meanwhile, the teens go to the same school and have been anonymously getting closer on Weazel, a chat app developed by Jack. Pacing & Points of View This story was a very quick read with two points of view for Jack and Pepper. Characters Pepper was easy to love and you immediately wanted to read more about her. She tried so hard to keep the peace in her family life and be an overachiever in school that you couldn’t help but feel for her. Jack was the class clown with a hidden talent for creating apps. He spends most of his time trying to be everything his twin brother was not and it definitely made me connect to him as the underdog. I really loved reading about how they connected anonymously on Weazel, had different feelings in real life towards each other, and then watching them connect more as the story progressed. I loved all the Pepper and Jack interactions. Them both being on the swim team was a nice addition and a sport you really don’t see a lot in stories. Even though the story is sweet, there were definite serious undertones that Jack and Pepper faced including teen pressure to be good at everything, competitive peers, parental expectations vs. teen's well being, and the life of family run and small businesses. This was seen throughout the story with school, the family run businesses, swim team and their home life. The struggles they faced definitely allowed the characters to connect and made for a deeper story for the reader when it all came together. Overall Overall, I really enjoyed this super cute YA read with a few deep issues scattered throughout. Even though everyone is Team Grilled Cheese or Team Burger, I'm honestly still over here craving monster cake. *Thank you so much to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for gifting and allowing me the opportunity to read this digital ARC.
Randi 11 days ago
3.5 stars In Tweet Cute, we meet Pepper and Jack, high school seniors at a private school. Pepper's divorced parents own a big burger chain called Big League Burger. Jack's parents own a small local deli called Girl Cheesing. When a Twitter war breaks out between Big League Burger and Girl Cheesing the two unknowingly are at war with each other. Pepper feels a lot of pressure being swim team captain, an A student, college anxieties, and parent pressure. Though she has a lot on her plate, her mother continues to have her in control of the tweets. Jack is the younger identical twin to Ethan by eleven minutes. He feels like the "other" twin and that Ethan is the golden boy. He feels like his parents think he is the responsible one who will take over the deli and that isn't exactly what Jack wants. I loved the dual chapters between Pepper and Jack. His chapters I enjoyed more as he had some great exchanges with his twin. My only real complaint with this book is that I felt like the Twitter war between the two took over the story. It got old really fast. Cut some of that out, make it a shorter book and it would have been four stars. Thank you to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for a digital arc in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 12 days ago
I don't think it is an exaggeration for me to say that Tweet Cute has become one of my all-time favorite YA contemporary books. Do you enjoy cheesy, witty, wholesome, sweet enemies-to-lovers books? If you do, then this one would be a great fit for you. The story is told from a dual perspective, that of Pepper and Jack. Each teenager is dealing with their own set of pressures when they both get roped into a Twitter war. Pepper is a driven young woman originally from Nashville. That's where her parents started Big League Burger as a mom-and-pop restaurant ten years ago. Once her family's business was franchised and became wildly successful, her family relocates to NYC. In order to deal with the loneliness and sense of loss she feels, Pepper throws herself into her studies, and becomes one of the top students at the elite private school she attends. Pepper runs a baking blog with her sister, is the captain of the girls swim team at school, and also helps Taffy, the social media manager for Big League Burger. Jack is an intelligent young man who is trying to figure out his place in the world. He is a twin who always feels overshadowed by his brother at school and at home. He is the captain of his school's water polo team, and is the son of the owners of Girl Cheesing, a NYC institution known for its legendary sandwiches. The events of Tweet Cute are set in motion when Big League Burger tweets about a new addition to their menu, "Grandma's Special." Deciding to ignore the wishes of his family, Jack decides to call out Big League Burger in a tweet accusing Big League Burger of stealing the name and recipe of their own sandwich. Hilarity and heartbreak ensue as both teens navigate the Twitter war behind the scenes, and also grow closer in person as they bond over the pressures in their lives. I felt the main characters Pepper and Jack were very well developed. They depicted what a typical teenager might face while they are trying to figure out who they are and what they want out of life. The pacing and development of the story was very well done, and I was engaged the entire time. I am very impressed that this is a debut novel! I can't wait to see what Emma Lord has in store for us in the future. I highly recommend this book!
Naomi Denton 14 days ago
Thank you so much @NetGalley and @WednesdayBooks for giving me this Advance Reader Copy (ARC) in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. (Release Date | 21 January 2020) SYNOPSIS | Based in NYC, Pepper's family business (Big League Burger) is taking off and she is helping to run the corporate Twitter account whilst also being the captain of the swim team & an academic overachiever. Big League Burger gets into a viral Twitter war with a smaller local family deli over an iconic grilled cheese sandwich recipe, but what Pepper doesn't realise is that the deli is owned and run by her fellow classmates family (Jack). MY THOUGHTS | I loved the snark & wit between Pepper & Jack which made this felt like a modern day romance and I was all for it. I especially loved how this touches on academic pressure, the expectation to follow the "right" path and familial expectations. I gorged this entire book in one day as I was flying to Texas to pick up my stepdaughter for the Christmas vacation.
Yolanda Margolin 15 days ago
Thank you to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this eARC. What I Liked: *Pepper and Jack are two teens in NYC just trying to survive high school and get into ivy league colleges while both trying to help with their family businesses. Pepper is over-achieving, and Jack is the opposite which makes this an opposites attract story. Jack helps Pepper lighten up and I think Pepper grounds Jack. Their characters are fleshed and we see them deal with expectations from their families. Pepper is dealing with a broken family, Jack is dealing with feeling inadequate and in competition with his twin brother – they have a lot of common but they don’t know that until secrets are revealed. Pepper is also top of her class and a swimmer. Jack is a diver but the class clown. *There was a lot going on in this story but it worked. I was never overwhelmed with the drama of school and family life in Pepper and Jack’s life. I was invested in Pepper’s story and was hoping she’d stand up to her mother. As for Jack, I felt for him and wish he didn’t feel like he was disappointing his family because they did seem like cool parents. This story gives us family drama, teenage drama, lots of food and a little romance too! *The romance is an opposites-attract, slow burn, which was nice, you could see the growing attraction between Pepper and Jack during their twitter war. When they finally do make a move it’s so sweet an awkward but totally how I’d have imagine their first kiss because of who they are. *Pepper’s talent for baking made me hungry for all the desserts she baked in the story. I LOVED all the dessert names she and sister came up with. It felt so much more genuine than Big League Burger and their food empire. Honestly when the book ended, I wished for a sequel about Pepper and her sister Paige opening up their own bakery, because that would make a fun story! Maybe a sequel but this time about Paige? I’d read it for sure! Things That Made Me Go Hmm: *Pepper’s mom was a little much. She really expected her daughter to put time and effort helping the social media side of their family business AND keep up her grades and be the best daughter ever? Like give Pepper a break! Her mom also had a secret and one that was a surprise. I wondered how it would be resolved in the end, and like I said it’s happily ever after but it makes me wonder how her mom got over that hurdle of forgiveness because that twitter war got pretty petty quick. The way Pepper’s mom is…well she doesn’t seem like someone who would let that go. She was not my favorite character. Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed Tweet Cute. The romance is slow building and super cute. By the end of the story I was cheering Pepper and Jack on! It’s also a story about family, loving them (with all their flaws) and trying so hard not to disappoint them. Pepper and Jack are juggling so much and I was impressed at how they pretty much kept it together, with a breakdown here and there. It’s a feel good story that made me laugh and filled my heart with happiness at the end. This is great debut from Emma Lord and I look forward to reading more from this author.
Lisa_Loves_Literature 15 days ago
This was such an adorable book! I loved every minute of it. Not only that, but it made me totally hungry to make my own fancy grilled cheese sandwiches. First of all, how adorable is the title? The play on the whole “meet cute” is perfect. It was fun to see teens using Twitter and totally in the way that so many use it today, to start the wars that these days keep me away from Twitter a lot. But I also loved how Pepper’s family company was trying to do the snarky tweets that a lot of fast food companies like Wendy’s actually have done. Those are the types of things that get me back on Twitter occasionally. It was definitely great for both Pepper and Jack to have their own family and personal issues that not only made them good friends with lots in common whether they realized it or not, but it also kept them from figuring out their connection on the school app, Weazel. Another really great part is that all the characters had their own reasons for doing things, and the stereotypes weren’t always true, and I like seeing that in YA books. For characters to have to see those aren’t right, and for the author to show us that as well. However it wasn’t a bunch of goody-goody fictional characters either. They did real teenage things, got in trouble, had parent issues, sibling issues, etc. Even with the frustrating parental issues, in the end, I liked how all the parents were supportive of what was best for their child, while still holding them accountable for any mistakes they’d made. Definitely one I’ll be recommending as well as purchasing for the students in my school library.
ErraticElle 17 days ago
Cute, bubbly YA rom-com with fun characters and an entertaining plot. Quick, enjoyable read. * Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. * I don't read a lot of YA contemporary romance anymore, but this one just had a cute synopsis and a cover that caught my eye. And you know what? It was fun and totally worth the read. Pepper attends a private school in New York where she chats with a boy she calls "Wolf" on a schoolwide phone chat app. She doesn't know that "Wolf" is actually Jack. She also doesn't know that Jack is behind the Twitter account for his family's small deli, which becomes embroiled in a social media war with Pepper's family's franchised restaurant (while Pepper is at the Twitter helm). The story starts a little slow and awkward and it took me a hot minute to get involved in the plot. Part of that was the writing, part of that was my unfamiliarity with the genre after such a long hiatus. Once I got my sea legs, the narrative took off. The writing was light and fun and the book read quickly. Both Pepper and Jack felt realistic and I did get Gossip Girl vibes from the atmosphere, which was somewhat tongue in cheek referred to a couple of times in the narrative. I thought that was cute and clever. The supporting characters are a bit flat, but this bounces along like a good rom-com should and I enjoyed how dedicated to their families both teens were. I did take issues with Pepper's mom and felt that she was unrealistic in her expectations for Pepper. That irritated me and maybe added a little bit of unbelievability to the plot, but I gave it a pass for the most part anyway. There were quite a few moments that will definitely date this book in the future, as the narrative frequently references specific slang and pop culture. But I enjoyed it. It was fun to read, had a cute plot, and a good ending. It's a well-written teen romance with good family vibes and characters that were highly likable with realistic flaws.
KacieReads 17 days ago
GEEZ this was adorable. Tweet Cute is a really fun, lighthearted YA rom-com that had great characters and a setting I could see. The plot is a bit wacky, and I was here for it. Picture a modern retelling of You've Got Mail, throw in some NYC private high school seniors, add Twitter and an anonymous messaging app, and a bit of ... cheese...and you've got this book. While a bit predictable, I was so entertained I didn't mind that. The pop culture references might not age well, but so what? The story is told in dual point-of-views, bouncing between Pepper and Jack (though not always alternating). I enjoyed the banter and the Twitter feud, but I would have liked a tiny bit less of the Twitter and more of the relationships with the main characters and side characters. I also wanted a little more of a reckoning when things came to a head. Some swearing, but that's the only caution, so I'd say this is a YA that would be appropriate for 12+. I'm definitely reading her next book, whatever that will be. Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for a digital review copy in exchange for my honest review.
FictionallySam 17 days ago
I stan a good enemies to lover novel and this one takes the cake for the year in the young adult department! Tweet cute is a story about Pepper, a perfectionist who is the secret weapon behind the sassy twitter account of Big Burger Leagues, and Jack, a goof-ball who will do nearly anything for his family. When Jack accuses Big Burger Leagues of stealing their family recipe on Twitter, chaos ensues. This story was more enjoyable than I had anticipated going into it! I love how easy it was to get consumed in the lives of both Jack and Pepper. I instantly connected to both our main characters in ways that I never realized I would. Their love for their family, and determination to not only see them succeed but also their own success was something that instantly connected me with them and kept me hooked to the story as it unfolded. Lord does a great job of keeping things light all the while tackling topics relevant for the target audience, such as the super dreaded: what are you going to do after high school? I loved how we got to see the pressure that teens put on themselves to try and have that answer, and the subtle nod Lord gives on how its okay to not know. Family is a huge portion of this novel, and I absolutely loved how Lord interweaves the family dynamic on both Pepper and Jack’s lives. I do have to mention my distaste for Pepper’s mother. In my honest opinion, that woman could choke on her burgers and I wouldn’t shed a tear. I felt like she always put the company before her kids and their needs were always a second thought, even though she claims they come first. Her interactions with Pepper and her sister Paige was aggravating as she never saw the amount of pressure she was putting on her daughters--specifically Pepper. It felt like Pepper was just another body in the company--there to make the company great, rather than being her daughter. Like I said, the woman can choke. All in all though, I was hooked on this love story, and I found myself on multiple occasions rooting for Pepper and Jack. Their individual and relationship development was stunning and kept me flipping the page like a mad lady to see what was happening next. If you are looking for a fun, fluffy, enemies to lovers contemporary, I highly recommend giving this a go. It has just the right amount of romance and angst to keep things both sweet and spicy at the same time.
Bridgett Deem Nelson 19 days ago
I rarely read YA novels...but every once in awhile, the heart needs something light, fluffy, and adorable. This book was the perfect answer for my need of the cutesy. The story line isn't new...and it's predictable. But it's so much fun. I laughed out loud quite a few times at the smarmy thoughts our two protagonists, Jack & Pepper, had. Told from both their points of view, these "frenemies" are sickeningly sweet. Just like all the crazy mouth-watering desserts and pastries described throughout the story. Full of pop culture references and social media snark, I was truly entertained. 3.5 stars rounded down **Many thanks to the publisher for my review copy.
inabookdaze 19 days ago
My wish on NetGalley was granted by the publisher, so thank you Wednesday Books / St. Martin's Press! Tweet Cute by Emma Lord My Rating: 3.25 / 5 It's been a while since I've read a YA contemporary, and when I heard that this book was all things cute and fluffy, I decided to finally pick it up. Unfortunately, despite getting all the cuteness that was promised, the story still fell a little flat for me. I think my biggest problem with this sub-genre is that the books are always short. The first half of the story where all the problems usually starts rising tends to be solid, but by the time we're at the middle-point and leading up to the climax, it will usually get messy and everything will just be resolved without much explanation. Although for this book, Emma did a really good job with executing the plot of the story. And it clearly shows that she knows exactly where the story was going from start to finish, but in the end, everything was still resolved too quickly, as if it was just sweep under a carpet. Personally, I would have enjoyed it more if she had taken a leap and added more chapters, since this book is a standalone. On the other hand, I absolutely adore both of the main characters, Pepper and Jack, and had a lot of fun reading the story from their point of views. The way they bounce off of each other throughout the book really had me rooting for their relationship from the beginning until the end. And as promised, the book did not fall short when it comes to the cute moments they shared with each other. The book also focuses a lot on the world of food business, with Pepper coming from a corporate business perspective while Jack from a small business perspective, they both provided great insights to how different the two were, despite being in the same type of business. I do wish this aspect was delve deeper in the book, but since the story was simply meant to be light and fluffy, the choice of not putting too much emphasize on it was understandable. With that being said, the book didn't really blew me away as I was hoping it would. With the exception of the blossoming romance between Pepper and Jack, the book just slowly went downhill for me. At the same time, I think the reasoning behind it is also due to the fact that I could not relate to the story as much, and if I have read it when I was younger, I definitely would have enjoyed it more. All in all, I still had a really great time reading this book considering it's been quite some time since I've picked up a light read such as this one. And if you're looking for a book that's filled with cuteness and delicious desserts, Tweet Cute may just be the right book for you.
mandi1082 19 days ago
Pepper and Jack are classmates but who's family have a rival food chains that starts off because of a stolen grilled cheese recipe. This starts on all out Twitter war. This was definitely cute and funny. I enjoyed this read. I liked the main characters and the story line. Thank you St Martin's Press for an ARC of this book for an honest review.
Lauren_LoveYoShelf 19 days ago
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. This book was just FUN from start to finish. From the start, the Twitter war between Pepper/Big League Burger and Jack/Girl Cheesing is meant to be sort of ridiculous, and a great way to incorporate modern day pop culture and meme references. Tweet Cute is the kind of laugh-out-loud, smile to yourself book that still manages to pack in a ton of heart. Jack and Pepper are both dealing with their own problems, and their Twitter war goes from being a source of stress to a competition between friends that helps them let out a little steam. I loved how this book snuck in complex family relationships in between memes and tweets, and it's easily now one of my all-time faves. Read my full review here: