Tuesday, January 28, 2020

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW | Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog! I'm Genni, and I'm thrilled to participate in the Tweet Cute book tour! As I mentioned in an earlier post, Tweet Cute was one of my favorite reads of last year, and I hope all of you YA, romance, or contemporary readers will pick it up!

Before I begin my review, here is a great excerpt of the book, where Pepper and Jack - two teens running their families restaurant's twitter account - agree to continue their twitter war, no holds barred. This scene is essentially "game on," and a lot of fun (and cuteness) ensue!

Title: Tweet Cute
Author: Emma Lord (Follow her on Twitter and Insta!)
Series? Nope!
Pages: 368
Publication Date: January 21, 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Source: I read an ARC of Tweet Cute through Netgalley! My thoughts and opinions are my own. :)
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.

When I was reading Tweet Cute, I was absolutely enamored. This recent release follows two seniors in high school, Pepper and Jack, who run their family's restaurant's social media. The companies are rivals, especially after Big League Burger (Pepper's family's restaurant chain) seemingly copies a recipe from the smaller, local Girl Cheesing, run by Jack's parents. Not only do their tweets become a media sensation, but Pepper and Jack also have their own stressors, including college applications and potential love interests, whom they message on an anonymous chat app. Tweet Cute is a perfect mix of heartfelt, romance, humor, and (most importantly) food that will leave you craving for both grilled cheese and Monster Cake, a delicacy in the book I hope to recreate. 

One thing you should know about me: I love rom-coms. Like, if I have free time, I'm watching or reading something rom-com-eqsue, at the very least. So I was completely onboard when I realized that Tweet Cute was a 21st century-social media-high school re-imagining of the classic rom-com You've Got Mail. The film follows Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan's characters, who are adversaries professionally, but are unknowingly messaging each other on the internet. Not only is the film romantic and cute (and has a large focus on independent bookstores!!), but it's perfect for a recreation. So much has changed since the film's releae in 1998, which featured dial-up internet and one lonely search engine. In a world that is so intricately tied in social media and the internet, Emma Lord perfectly captures the essence of the rom-com while masterfully translating it to 2020.

The last main thing I want to touch on during my review is the way the story is told! While mostly told in a classic prose (think paragraphs and dialogue, the usual), there is also a good amount of mixed media! The tweets both Pepper and Jack send out are formatted into the novel, as are the direct messages and texts they send each other. I thought this was a great way to show Pepper and Jack's banter and their relationship as it matured from banter to deeper conversations. Not only did this mixed media narrative make the book easier to read, but it showed (rather than told) the readers their interactions!
Also, I want to give a quick shout out to the team that made Twitter account for both Girl Cheesing and Big League Burger. Social media is a huge part of the book, influencing key character moments, and I loved that the account actually exist! I consider it a cherry on top of my metaphorical Monster Cake. 

With all that said (or written, in this case), I give Tweet Cute

5 out of 5 Flowers!

Need a little more convincing to pick up the book? Well, here's what a couple other authors had to say!

"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

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to read my review! I'll see you soon with another post!

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

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