Thursday, January 16, 2020

#ARCREVIEW: Tweet Cute by Emma Lord #blogtour

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Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: January 21st, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating:  
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 
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.
I have to admit, I was kind of really unsure about this book at first. I've been slowly moving away from YA books and reading way more adult romances (with very adult things in them) so it's felt like I've been "meh" on the last couple of YA books I've read. I think the book took awhile for me to get fully behind it. Which is okay, but I'm glad I stuck with it.
First of all, I HATED Pepper's mom. Like...she expects her to keep her grades up and she's basically working a full-time job at the twitter stuff and not getting paid to do it! and then later in the book her mom is like, "why did you let your grades slip?!?" Ugh, I felt like she was a bad mom. You find out later about her past, but that still wasn't good enough for me. I'm not a parent, so I'm not sure if I have a right to make that call, but I just felt like there was so much pressure on Pepper to do everything, and I just wanted her to say something to her sister or her dad. Jack also feels the pressure to take over the family business, so you could really see the similarities between them.

I really like that this book focused a lot on being a teenager about to graduate and not really knowing what the heck you are going to do next. I am 29 and I still don't really know what I am doing with my life, so it's okay! But I think we just train teens to know everything and to be so "on" in high school that by the time they get to college we trained them for something they don't really want. I think this book does a really good job at exploring these topics. 

I also think this book does a great job with the coming of age story, and showing the struggles that teens have right now. I was glad it has a happy ending, and it ended up with a plot line that I really enjoyed. The twitter war was fun too.

*I received a review copy of this. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.

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.

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