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Published by Wednesday Books
Released on Janurary 21, 2020
A public Twitter war, big business vs. small, a private on-line friendship, and coming of age made for a sparkling, heartfelt teenage rom com that I was delighted to delve into.
Tweet Cute begins by introducing zealous Pepper who is in a frenzy to be at the top of her game at the uptown private school she attends, perform a balancing act to keep her broken family connected by the slender ties that is her, and meeting up to her mom’s expectation to help with her business’ social media accounts. Pepper’s moment of sanity is the Weazel app where she has an online friend who really gets her. That friendship becomes more crucial as a Twitter war takes off when a small mom and pop deli claims her mom’s franchise boosted their original grilled cheese sandwich recipe. When she finally meets ‘Wolf’ in real life will he live up to her hopes?
Jack is the school’s goof off. It’s self defense to yuck it up and pretend not to care because his identical twin has already cornered the market on president of the class, cool-crowd king, and most popular. People only get excited about him when they mistake him for his twin. No one knows he came up with the Weazel app and only one person at school ever really sees Jack instead of just his brother’s twin except Pepper Evans- this is why he likes to tweak her tail and make her pay attention again. He started a Twitter war that has blown up their family deli’s following and now he can only ride out this wave as well as what is to come when Pepper learns who Wolf is.
I adored the “You’ve Got Mail’ movie and I was tickled to see the similarities even the fun gender swap of Jack representing the small business and Pepper the larger though she is also from humbler roots and remembers the struggles of her family-owned mom and pop. It dives into their stories swiftly in a dual narration which I was glad to have so I could get to know them both and their perspectives. It sometimes goes alternate chapter, but will also stick with one for a time to finish a thought before swapping back which I thought was much easier to keep my focus. It kept moving and read easily and quickly.
There are real life issues from teen struggles, family splits, finding one’s self, and more going on, but it is all surrounded by heartwarming and many times hilarious scenes. Both teens have wry humor and I felt my age a few times with the fresh and up to the minute thinking and dialogue of this story set against the modern teen life and school scene. I found some of it a bit unreal particularly the mom and the big burger corporation dependent on snarky Pepper to save the day on Twitter and even the mom’s expectations and actions, but it was only a minor distraction.
Pepper and Jack (and oh my was I thinking Pepperjack cheese the whole time with the whole grilled cheese sandwich war) had great chemistry as hostile acquaintances in real life and adorable friendly first romance in Weazel. They’re both engaging and I enjoyed that they had a lot in common where it counted and saw importance in the same things.
The surrounding circle of family and school group played their roles and I liked seeing Pepper and Jack interact with all in their circle of relationships. There were conflicts and the big reveal to keep up the tension, but it was relatively low-angst and had a sweet, heartwarming quality that made it easy to read.
All in all, I enjoyed this one and hope the author has more coming really soon. YA Contemporary isn’t my go-to genre, but I thought this one was abso-fab and can recommend it to mid teens on up to teens at heart.
My thanks to St. Martin’s Press for providing the eARC to read in exchange of an honest review.
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