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Tweet Cute: A Modern Day You’ve Got Mail that literally had me screaming (with cuteness overload)

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Publication Date: January 21st, 2020

Rating: 5/5

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.

Thanks to netgalley for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!

I literally don’t even know where to begin because this was absolutely the cutest thing I have ever read. This novel is told in dual perspective of Pepper and Jack. They both have lots of stuff going on at home but also get sucked into their family businesses twitter drama. And let me tell you… the drama was HILARIOUS.

I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this story, especially because all I knew was that it was a modern day You’ve Got Mail. And I feel like going into it just knowing that made the entire thing so much more entertaining!

What made this story surprising was that I didn’t expect them to have three different layers of their friendship: Twitter, IRL, Weazel. I thought that was a really fun way to integrate the whole “enemies-lovers-friends” trope! I especially liked that the dual perspective allowed us to see each side of the story. It was interesting seeing the internal conflicts between the families. I really love learning about family drama (however strange that might sound) and seeing sibling relationships.

Along with the family dynamics, I obviously loved the dynamic between Pepper and Jack. I was obviously shipping them so hard, and I honestly was screaming “OH MY GOSH THIS IS SO CUTE” every few chapters! It was so great to see both of them slowly learning about each other via different platforms. I especially loved how Pepper just KNEW it was Jack even though he literally is a twin and everybody gets them mixed up.

I’m going to be saying “I LOVED” a lot during this review because I seriously loved everything about it! I loved the friendships Pepper made throughout the book (I don’t want to give anything away). I loved how she grew and learned. I loved their little twitter war and the pranks related to it (though there is one slightly uh-oh moment when Jack sneaks into her bag and takes her phone for a minute… but they sort of talk about that after and it isn’t made into a problem so I didn’t think too much of it).

I especially loved the incorporation of baking was brought into it. I loved the fun Waitress-esque names for all the desserts Pepper would make (and I really want to try Monster Cake). Overall, I had zero issues with this book! It gave me a great happy, fulfilling story filled with sweetness and cheesiness (puns totally intended)!

I would recommend this to anyone who loves memes, social media, baking, twitters wars, anonymous chats, hilarious second-hand embarrassment, and an enemies-lovers trope executed perfectly! If you like puns, Mean Girl gifs used as perfect comebacks, the best ship name to exist, interesting family relationships, learning to navigate the bus system for the first time, and perfect endings, this is the book for you!

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