In her senior year of high school, Pepper Evans has a lot going on: she is captain of the swim team, studying for multiple AP classes (with perfect grades), filling out college applications, and dealing with annoying nicknames like “Preppy Pepper,” coined by Jack Campbell. Jack is a fellow senior, class clown, and captain of the diving team. Living in his popular, perfect brother’s shadow, he struggles to find a way to distinguish himself. Despite their differences, Jack and Pepper have two things in common. One, they both anonymously message each other on Weazel, an app to communicate with someone from your school without knowing their identity.
Second, they run the social media accounts for their family's businesses. Pepper runs Big League Burger’s Twitter account, allowing her mom’s business to thrive, grow, and stand out. Jack works in his family’s small scale New York deli, Girl Cheesing, the complete opposite of Big League’s massive franchise. When Big League Burger is accused of stealing his family’s special grilled cheese recipe, the war between the two companies and competitors becomes personal. In the midst of their full-on Twitter war over the alleged theft, Pepper and Jack are falling in love – in real life and on the app!
BTSYA / Teen Reader (17):
This is Emma Lord's debut novel, and I see a bright future for her. Tweet Cute is exceptionally light-hearted and simply “cute” as the title states. Once I started reading, I could not put the book down. Seriously, I finished the book in about 7 hours. The banter between Pepper and Jack is the most captivating part of the story, without a doubt. Their love-hate relationship is so well executed you never want it to end. Both characters are very likeable, and I ended up caring immensely about both of them.
There is a boatload of pop culture references that enhance the reading experience, as well as humor that will genuinely make you laugh out loud. Various times throughout this romance I found myself saying things like, “Oh my god. I love this and them so much.” Watching Jack and Pepper get closer as the story moves on is extremely satisfying and makes the reader even more invested in their relationship.
Tweet Cute also offers strong themes that revolve around growing up. Pepper and Jack both have their futures mapped out for them, and part of the story focuses on doing things you love and that make you happy, rather than what is expected of you. Even more prevalant is the importance of family. It is everywhere in this novel.
I recommend Tweet Cute for readers ages 12 and over. There is nothing graphic or inappropriate, but there are some instances of slight swearing, nothing that a middle schooler would be unfamiliar with. Tweet Cute’s adorable romance paired with its witty humor is something that has the power to make anyone believe in love.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (13):
Tweet Cute is a fresh, contemporary novel that is an irresistible tangle of life, love, and choices. I absolutely loved the way the main characters are presented as typical stereotypes, when it couldn't be further from the truth! From the first page, the characters are vividly complex individuals, with different layers of emotions, dreams, and goals. I was warmed from within as the two teens carefully circled each other, darting forward with spicy tweets and comments, while a deeper relationship knit imperceptibly between the two. I also love how relevant and current this novel was, using modern day technology and references within the text.
One part of the book I didn’t enjoy was the sheer amount of interaction between the two main characters. They talk in person, on the school's app and via Twitter. At times it felt overdone instead of tension-filled. The family drama was also a bit unrealistic and abrupt at points, since it didn’t contain enough context or backstory to really understand it. Lastly, a lot of the side characters were not very individual and seemed as though they were made from the same base idea or premise. For example, Pepper’s mom and Jack’s dad often blurred together in my memory because they were both so similar in their attributes and actions.
Overall, Tweet Cute is a light, sweet and funny novel, but lacks some development. It would be best suited to readers age 12+.
When you want a fun, contemporary story that will make you laugh out loud (both our teen reviewers did!) Tweet Cute is for you. It's wholesome fun and realistic characters make it the perfect beach read, too.
This is a teen romance that is pretty wholesome. There is some mild profanity.
This is a romance about two high school students who are navigating family, school, and friendship.
As our teen reviewer points out, just below the surface there is a theme about following YOUR dream as opposed to the ones set out for you. Would your reader go about expressing their desires the way Jack or Pepper did?
13 and Up
13 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer ages: 13, 17
Borrow. Great for a light entertainment, but it is a one-time read.
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