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Overall: 5/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Tweet Cute is the perfect YA contemporary- it’s cute, it’s funny, and it’s got heart.
“Apparently in the vast arsenal of useless talents that aren’t going to help me get into college, I am really good at being snarky on Twitter.”
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Release Date: 1/21/2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Page Count: 368
Tweet Cute follows two high schoolers, Pepper and Jack. Pepper is a perfectionist. While her family life isn’t going great, their fast-food business, Big League Burger, is, due to Pepper running their massive Twitter. Jack is a class clown who keeps himself busy helping out in his family’s deli. When he discovers that Big League Burger stole one of their recipes, he goes after them on the deli’s twitter. What starts as one small tweet turns into a viral battle, but while their fighting on twitter, they’re falling for each other on an anonymous app and in real life.
“[…] the issue isn’t so much what I want to be, but whether or not I can be it without hurting everyone else in the process.”
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Writing & Setting
This book is just so fun. The writing style is easy to get into and enjoy, painfully relatable, and full of memes. I found myself laughing way more than I thought I ever would. Emma Lord also manages to add wonderful depth to this book in addition to the comedy. Also, this book takes place in NYC and I’ve never seen a book describe the city so accurately. Pepper and Jack both have unique feelings towards the city and it’s shown so well, and made me have a newfound appreciation for it that I never did before. (For context: This is coming from a (rural) Long Islander with major social anxiety who goes to the city almost every other month and has never been a big fan).
“What happens on Twitter, stays on Twitter.”
Listen, the plot is absolutely adorable. It’s basically “You’ve Got Mail” but modern and full of memes. What else could you want? I was able to just run through this book, because I never wanted to put it down! It was addictive, fast-paced with great drama, character moments, and an overall heartwarming feeling.
”Add chocolate chips, butter, flour, salt, cocoa powder, eggs, and more embarrassment than the body of a teenage girl can possibly contain, set the oven to a bajillion degrees and set the whole damn thing on fire.”
This book wouldn’t be what it is without it’s cast of characters. Pepper and Jack especially. Alone, they are both very strong and well-developed protagonists, who feel real and down to earth, but together? Their chemistry is perfect, and all of their interactions are thoroughly entertaining. And they aren’t the only characters in the book! The side characters are very fleshed out and do play important roles in the story, which I really appreciated!
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Pros- Cute, funny, original
Cons- How am I going to find a book like this again?! I need more Romeo-and-Juliet-but-with-memes books please
Overall- 5/5 stars.
Tweet Cute was everything I wanted it to be. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this fantastic new novel!
If You Liked Tweet Cute, I’d Recommend:
- Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennet – [Review]
- Geekerella by Ashley Poston -[Review]
There’s a really thin line between relatable and cringe-worthy. Tweet Cute definitely found itself on the right side of that line, but I’m curious, what are some of your favorite relatable or meme-filled books?
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