I’ve officially reached that age where I can’t even really pretend YA could be aimed at me, anymore. That doesn’t mean, though, that I can’t thoroughly enjoy a well-written story in its time! And Tweet Cute? Well – this one’s a greatly-written story!
I was offered an ARC by Book Sirens in exchange for a review. All opinions are strictly my own.
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.
| C – characters
A – atmosphere
W – writing
P – plot
I – intrigue
L – logic
E – enjoyment
In many ways, this book managed to defeat my expectations from the get-go. For starters, there was a depth to the side-characters that isn’t too common in a lot of YA.
Beyond that, though, the author managed to keep a plot that could easily have been a plain retelling of You’ve Got Mail interesting, not only by switching book shops for a deli and a burger chain and a stubborn Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks for quirky teenagers. The relationship between Jack and his twin brother, for example, was so well balanced, and added a lovely layer for his motivation, both as an app developer and as Pepper’s friend.
Sibling love and rivalry is a recurring theme, because Pepper, too, has her own share of those to deal with. As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, an author who manages to get the intricacies and delicacies of sibling-hood that right? Well, it’ll always be a huge plus for me!
Add in someone who actually gets the possibilities of social media, capturing that feeling of “searching” for something – whether it’s who you are, what your future is, or who you like – as a teen, and of course: some great meme-usage? I flew through this book in a matter of hours!
The rating: 4/5
All in all, Tweet Cute is one of those reads that will be just familiar enough to be relaxing. It has just enough twists and turns that the plot will never bore you. And the writing’s done in such a way that all of that is brought in a truly captivating manner. The best possible reading-start I could have wished for 2020! (Goodreads – buy it here!)