REVIEW: Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

The Official Description: 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 a 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 public

ly 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.

Just the facts: M/F rom-com, YA, epic twitter battles and family messes.

Pepper and Jack know each other … sort of … or maybe they just think they do. This is a modern tale about social media and the chaos it can create. – Kinzie Things

My thoughts bit:  Tweet Cute is a fun story and definitely is going to appeal to young adults. Anyone who lives in the world today should be able to relate to the fact that social media can be a great thing but it can also be a challenging thing.

Pepper still feels a bit like a new kid at the school but she’s determined to do well at everything she can. She struggles with her Mom expecting her to run the social media for their successful restaurant business. How do you say “no” to your Mom though, especially when your Mom and Dad are divorced and your older sister has run away to college?

Jack lives in the shadow of his perfect twin brother. He’s funny and personable and pretty sure that his family expects him to stick around and take over the family deli because he’s not going to amount to much more.

When Jack and Pepper have to work together as leaders of the swim team and the diving team they figure out that they like each other. But there’s a bit of an issue… both Jack and Pepper have been chatting online in an anonymous app with someone else. . . someone they are very interested in.

Then things go completely off the rails! A Twitter fight between the two restaurants erupts and grabs a lot of media attention. Things escalate quickly… and soon Pepper and Jack are engaged in an all-out war on Twitter!

This story has a couple of great things going for it. There’s a bit of a mystery. There’s got to be a reason that both family restaurants are suddenly offering the same grilled cheese sandwich, right? Turns out there’s a lot going on in the history of each family. And Pepper and Jack… are they meant to be together? Are they just friends? Are they more?

This is a sweet, funny story about making mistakes, fixing things, learning the truth and having a good time while you do it all!

Things You May Want To Know: Please be aware, I’m by no means an expert on what may or may not have the potential to disturb people. I simply list things that I think a reader might want to be aware of. In this book: (SPOILERS) Divorce in one of the families.

Author bio:

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.

 Early Praise:
Tweet Cute delivers in every possible way: a perfect enemies-to-lovers romance, a whip-smart plotline, and endearingly real characters. I devoured it.” – Francesca Zappia, author of Eliza and Her Monsters

“Sweet and fun! An adorable debut that updates a classic romantic trope with a buzzy twist.” – Jenn Bennett, author of Alex, Approximately and Serious Moonlight

“A witty rom-com reinvention for the Twitter age, Tweet Cute pairs delicious online rivalry with deeply relatable insights on family pressure and growing up. This fresh, funny read had us hitting ‘favorite’ from page one.” – Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of Always Never Yours and If I’m Being Honest

Readalikes: Other stories that are similar or give the same feel.

Links: Goodreads // The Author // The Publisher

I received an ARC of Tweet Cute by Emma Lord from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.


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