TITLE: Tweet Cute
AUTHOR: Emma Lord
READ DATE: March 29, 2020 to March 31, 2020
RATING: ★★★★ // 4
This young adult book was exactly what I was craving back at the end of March. Which is funny, cause I didn’t realize at the time just how much I needed something so light and funny compared to everything that is currently going on in the world right now.
Things I loved:
Pepper. She was witty and everything I remember being back in high school. Wanting to be perfect, but also not having a perfect home life. Wanting things to go back to how they were move she moved to New York City. Needing her family to come back together, but not knowing it until she realized she didn’t want to be the perfect daughter anymore.
Jack. At first he annoyed me. I mean, 110% annoyed me and made me wonder why I even picked up a YA book. Then he grew me on and ugh….he’s just lowkey perfect. The banter between him and Pepper was sheer perfection. Lord had this good way of creating Jack to be the typical guy teenager (hint why I was so annoyed before), but turn him into someone you were rooting for by the end of the novel. The funny guy who has a heart of gold and would do anything to protect his family.
The Build-Up. Just perfect for a YA book. It’s for sure a slow burn, but in a slow burn that you don’t realize is a slow burn until you realize what is going on between Pepper and Jack (haha PEPPERJACK CHEESE…anyways.) is what you have been rooting for and wanting since the start of the book. It’s the way a slow burn and build up in a YA book should be.
Things I disliked:
Pacing. The first part of this novel flew by and the last 20-25% flew by, but the it suffered from the middle lagging syndrome. There were somethings that I felt were not necessary to move the plot along and felt more like a filler to add page length to it. So much so that I don’t even remember half of the book for it felt that unneeded to the plot.
The drama. Okay, I get it…its YOUNG ADULT BOOK set in high school. But dang, it just felt like somethings were brought into the plot for it couldn’t stand on it’s own without adding a little bit of melodrama to it. The main focus of the plot being about the grilled cheese and the restaurants, and while it was nice to know that Jack and Pepper did have a family and a life outside of it. Some of it just felt like it wasn’t needed and only a filler to get to the end.
Pepper’s Mom. I get it…she’s the CEO the Big League Burger and the mom to Pepper. While it was great for Pepper to have her parents in the story. I felt like the majority of the time her mom never saw her as Pepper her daughter, but instead Pepper this whiz as sending out tweets to make the company look like Wendy’s twitter account. Basically, I just found Pepper’s mom to be really annoying and not that much of a mom to start with.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was breath of fresh air and allowed me to not totally give up on young adult contemporary books for now.