I was planning to do an official post recapping my life while I was away from the blog, but then days passed, and… it was already today.
Yes, I had a blog tour scheduled for today.
Anyways, I’m not completely sure of when I’ll fully resume blogging?
I definitely have issues with my schedule right now; as in, I’m a little busy and I feel like if I ever did resume blogging, I would have to post only… twice per month, or something. And I love doing recaps, but if recaps were 1/2 of my posts, that would be kind of terrible.
I want to resume blogging eventually, and worst case scenario I’ll start again when I’m in college! Which isn’t too far off! But I really miss the community, and well… I miss the validation of getting attention, lads.
I’m mostly kidding.
While getting validation is fun, I think my case was “I’m not getting enough validation and I feel really bad about myself.” So. I would love to be in a place where I can spend the time to go all-out on promotion for myself, you know? And also in a place where… most of my validation isn’t based on a digital space. (Which I’m kind of already in.)
I’d like to note that I’m not very active on Twitter, but I’m still kind of active on Goodreads. And if we are friends, feel free to message me! Seriously guys! I love you all and miss you!
I have so much more to say. But I NEED TO LEAVE THAT FOR A PROPER POST.
Now, about our actual novel, TWEET CUTE!
I want to take a moment… to mention the adorable cover. Also, Emma Lord is a hilarious person overall and I am so glad that I was given the chance to read her novel.
This is a spoiler free review, and thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with a free digital review copy! All opinions are honest & my own.
TWEET CUTE BY EMMA LORD
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.
Elevator pitch for this book:
- Both Pepper & Jack are loners, but Pepper is a top student at the school while Jack feels constantly overshadowed by his twin brother. Jack also developed this chatting app for their high school, on which both Jack and Pepper are texting each other… anonymously. And they are also tweet-fighting each other… kind of anonymously? And then they are also hanging out in life!
The way that this book is stylistically written reminds me of Casey McQuiston’s writing in RED, WHITE, AND ROYAL BLUE, and I love it so much. When you read it, you can just tell that Emma Lord is a hilarious, up-and-coming millennial who spends time on Twitter. It’s tangible. In the book.
I’M A HUGE FAN OF THE HUMOR IN THIS STORY.
Can I dedicate this entire review to Jack, though, because he won me over so much and so often! Pepper was hilarious, too, but I was kind of unsure as to how she spat out all that witty banter considering the fact that she had 0 friends and talked to no one outside of her family.
[sighs in continuity problems]
I’m kidding. That’s a tiny problem. (But seriously, how does she do it. Can she write a self-help book. Not that I want/need to read it.)
I’m scrolling through my saved notes and quotes right now and there’s just so much I want to put into this review, but I know I can’t because I’m pretty sure that it’s ILLEGAL to put 50% of a book into a blog post!!!
Would 10/10 do if it wasn’t ethically bad on several levels, though!!
WOLF [jack] – I don’t know. What if you think I’m someone I’m not and you’re disappointed?
BLUEBIRD [pepper] – I feel the same way
BLUEBIRD [pepper] – Just kidding. I’m embarrassingly hot. I’m actually Black Lively
WOLF [jack] – Well this is awkward because I’m sitting with her right now, so
BLUEBIRD [pepper] – ****. Not again
WOLF [jack] – XOXO gossip wolf
Anyways. Back to the meat of this review. Aka, the fact that I love Jack a lot.
He feels as though his parents always love his twin more than they love him, and he’s just generally struggling with his own image because he “can’t compare” to his brother.
Which I can relate to. Except for the fact that I haven’t developed an entire, functional, working app that has about MY ENTIRE SCHOOL USING IT. Gosh, Jack.
Anyways, he’s literally hilarious, amazing, and I love him.
“Been a few hours since your last tweet. You losing steam there, Campbell?”
“Oh, trust me, Pepperoni, my next move will be worth the wait.”
[Pepper] treads a few inches closer to me… “Judging from what I saw of the dive team’s lap swimming today, you’re an expert at making people wait.”
I grin into the water. “Been watching me swim, huh?”
I also want to bring up the fact that two girls who are supposedly rivals actually become incredibly close friends! And that makes me so happy! And their friendship was just. so heartwarming? I know that it should basically be the standard to not see extensive girl-hate, but I just wanted to point out this very cool friendship.
Trigger and content warnings for separated parents and a viral photo of someone throwing up.
Representation includes a gay side character (Jack’s brother), and I swear there were more forms of representation in the side characters. I simply cannot remember.
Also, yes. This was very cheesy.