RELEASED: January 21, 2020
PUBLISHER: MacMillan Audio
GENRE: YA Contemporary
GOODREADS RATING: 4.14
TRIGGERS: Alcohol consumption, online harrassment / bullying, elderly relative having a fall
REPS: M/M couple, POC side characters
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 love myself some cute reads, so.. a book with a title like Tweet Cute is pretty much one I’d grab pretty quickly when browsing books. This time? I wasn’t even browsing! I opened Scribd, saw the title and was reminded of how some blogging friends were absolutely raving about the cuteness in this book. Cue me not being able to help myself, finding my earphones and starting my audioread! [The first time I listened to a book I hadn’t read before, might I add!]
I can’t not start with the food. My blog is still called Books & Munches after all. It’ll always be a weakness of mine and.. Tweet Cute catered to that weakness quite.. effectively. The food mentioned. The grilled cheese sandwiches, the monster cake, the blondies, and so much more! I even discovered the author created a recipe for the Monster Cake and I am so, so here for it! I found myself craving sweets multiple times while reading – not all that convenient since I mostly listened at night while Jamie was sleeping but oh well.
The story grabbed me from the start, probably because I was completely ready for a cute and sweet love story. I didn’t get exactly that, but.. I was so lost in it though?! Getting to know Pepper and Jack, the family dynamics they both have to deal with and the way they handle it all.. That were the best things about this book.
It’s safe to say the “ending” of this book is pretty straight-forward and predictable, but as we all know.. when it comes to contemporary cuteness, it’s all about the journey to the end and less about the ending itself.
That journey was cute, fluffy and everything I wanted it to be. I never once felt bored or found myself thinking about other things while listening – something that ordinarily happens a lot when listening to something. But it was also more – way more. Seeing Pepper having to deal with pressure, how Pepper and Jack talked to one another without realizing it, being a witness to their changing and growing relationship. All those things made for a fun read. The twists and turns simply added more to that!
Something specific I want to say about the format – since I listened to this book – is how I enjoyed the switching POV’s of both Pepper and Jack, as well as their narrators. I really feel like they did an amazing job and they were both fun to listen to!
If there’s one thing I still dislike, it’s how Pepper’s mom never took responsibility for the way she behaved and pushed Pepper. I get why she was like that – sort of – but I just hate how she never addresses how wrong she was and how certain things were more her fault and less Pepper’s. I guess I needed some kind of redemption arc or something.
Tweet Cute is a fun read with different subjects handled, a social media war, an anonymous app and.. loads of baked goodness. It’s cute, it’s light and definitely something worth picking up if you need exactly that for once!
What are some of the cutest books you’ve read to date?
Do you often find yourself in a “cute contemporary”-mood?