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.
My review – spoiler free
I don’t know why I requested an arc of this book because if I read the synopsis it really doesn’t sound like a book I would usually pick up. I’ve also got this arc months ago so I basically already forgot what this book was about and going in to it I thought it was an adult romance but that wasn’t the case, maybe that’s why I had requested it? I don’t remember but I can tell you that I did love this book a lot!
Like the title suggests this book is very cute, very adorable and very fluffy. And usually that would annoy me but I loved reading this book. Even though not everything in this book felt realistic to me, I did believe everything that happened and it all made sense in some weird way. And I think it makes Emma Lord a good writer that she can make me believe unrealistic things. Sometimes it really felt like I was reading a teenage girl’s diary, that’s how believable it was.
Tweet Cute combines some quite basic romance tropes: people who don’t get along (enemies is too strong of a word for what they were at the beginning of the book) to lovers, slow burn romance and even a little love triangle. But Lord puts those tropes in a teenage world with a lot of pop culture added to it.
Now if you know me, you know I absolutely hate enemies to lovers but this is the only book ever where I didn’t hate it at all! I guess that’s because this is the only book ever where it felt believable to me. These two teens genuinely started caring for each other and it didn’t come out of nowhere.
As for the slow burn romance: it was done so good! The author created a lot of tension between the characters up until the point where you were just screaming at them to finally kiss for god’s sake. The love triangle was not a classic love triangle but if you’ve read the book you’ll know what I mean. But definitely don’t be hesitant to pick this book up if you don’t like love triangles, because it really is just a small part of the story and once again it’s not your classic Twilight love triangle.
Another factor that I loved about this book is that I could relate to Pepper on an unbelievably big level. She is an over-achiever, perfectionist and people-pleaser, just like I am and also in exactly the same way as I am. It was nice to finally read about a character like that without them being portrayed as nerdy or anything else negative. Don’t get me wrong Pepper is not portrayed as the perfect girl, but she is definitely not filled with the stereotypes that usually go along with that type of character.
Next to that I also loved Emma Lord’s writing style. I don’t know how she did it but I flew through this book. It really felt like I was reading a hundred pages per 10 minutes. Which of course wasn’t the case, but it felt like that and I loved that. She also made the story very tangible by adding so much pop culture. Although I sometimes felt like it was a bit overdone. Even I didn’t understand every reference and I like to believe I know a lot about pop culture.
So that was one minor thing that I didn’t love about this book. There is one minor other thing that I didn’t love and that was that this story really was unrealistic. Even though the author made me believe the story, it still was a bit too unrealistic and thus a bit ridiculous. But it was ridiculous in a cute way, so in the end I’m okay with it and it didn’t bother me that much.
So if this book sounds like something you would enjoy, I definitely recommend you to read it!
Disclaimer: I received an e-arc of this book through Netgalley but that doesn’t affect my opinion in any way.