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 was cute! I enjoyed the Twitter war and I could see this being a hit for younger readers with all the pop culture references and social media playing a big part in the book.
While this was cute, this does tackle a few serious topics. I also liked that it talks about the dreaded what’s next after high school question. I hated that question and I hate that people still expect teens to automatically know what they want to do. I’m going to move on because I could go on about that forever.
“Apparently in the vast arsenal of useless talents that aren’t going to help me get into college, I am really good at being snarky on Twitter.”
We have our main characters Jack and Pepper who are both going through different things in their life. This relationship between these two was a mix of enemies to friends to lovers. I enjoyed the ride through all of it! Their banter in person and on Twitter made me laugh quite a bit while reading. These two were honestly perfect for each other.
What really took me out of the story was Pepper’s mom. She was kind of the worst in my opinion. The way she pushed Pepper into the taking over the Twitter account even though she said her schoolwork was suffering really made me upset. She treated her Pepper like her employee than her daughter. Even once we got the reason that was behind her actions, I still couldn’t be swayed to forgive her. This really dragged my rating down.
All in all, this was a good debut that had some minor issues for me. The relationship was the cutest and I think it will make a great summer contemporary next year!
I received an ARC via NetGalley for an honest review. Quote was taken from an ARC and is subject to change upon publication.
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 at @dilemmalord on Twitter.