I think that there is a time and space for every book in ones life. We all enjoy different things, but we can also enjoy different things at different times.
Tweet Cute isn’t the normal story that I would love. It’s a story that would normally annoy the shit out of me. But I have long been a reader of Bustle, and the author is a Lifestyle Editor on the site that I frequently read. And I frequently read her stuff.
Because I enjoy it. I enjoy her writing style and the way she navigates telling a story. Hell, she got me to try a Carmel Apple Pumpkin Spice something or other and embrace my inner basic bitch.
When I didn’t want to.
So, I figured why not read the book?
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.
Sounds simple, right?
But here’s the thing about Emma Lord – she weaves a world that makes every feeling that you feel in that seen a romantic comedy that you love and want to feel that kind of love for the rest of your life right away.
Let me be frank – I am not a believer in love, but this book made me want to drown in. Bathe me in that shit. Let me have the angst, the joy, the pain, and the arguments – because the road is always worth it.
I devoured this book in one sitting, telling myself that I would only read one more page and then finding it being 4am and me going to sleep with happy thoughts in my head.
Tweet Cute isn’t overwhelmingly serious. It isn’t overwhelmingly casual. It’s a mixture of fun, sarcasm, whit, and just cuteness.
Now, I will be the first to admit that Twitter fights feel juvenile, but then again – since most of us partake in them are we all juvenile? No. The truth is that there is only so much that you can say in 280 characters.
But Pepper and Jack say a lot. They don’t know in real life that they are the people behind the twitter feud. I kinda got the “cinderella story” vibes (the Hillary Duff version – not the crap after that). Life keeps pushing them together, which I love. Because they don’t know that they are the people behind the rival accounts – you just giggle and smile and want to tell them that they can fight it, but we all know what is going to happen.
Their fighting, the way that they hurt each other, all of it seems reasonable. But the story doesn’t get distracted by these dramatic moments. They build upon the angst that lives in their lives, the back and forth between them is great – because the characters learn and grow from it.
Tweet Cute is a great coming of age story, that is a light hearted read. It’s about choosing your own path and being secure in your choices. Tweet Cute is an adorable read that made me smile.
And I think we can never have too much of that.