May 29, 2020
Genre/Categories/Setting: YA Contemporary Fiction, Family Life, YA Romance, YA RomCom, Coming of Age, New York City
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You’ve Got Mail meets Tell Me Three Things meets With the Fire on High…
The setting is New York City. Pepper (Patricia) is the swim team captain at her private school, achievement-focused, and a perfectionist. Her family owns a large fast-food burger chain, and Pepper runs the twitter account. Jack is a classmate and fellow swim team member. He secretly develops apps, enjoys being a class clown, and experiences episodes of sibling rivalry with his twin brother. Jack’s family owns a small downtown deli. A few things happen to put the story in motion: the big burger chain copies (steals) Jack’s family’s grilled cheese sandwich, a twitter war ensues that Jack and Pepper instigate and fuel, and Jack and Pepper find themselves becoming close friends on the school’s app where identities remain anonymous.
The Writing: Tweet Cute is a fun, engaging, and fast-paced read with a multilayered plot. I appreciate the minimal use of profanity, no drug use, and the innocent romance and first-love story line. If parents are looking for appropriate reads for younger YA readers, this is suitable for 14+. I appreciate the page-turning plot and the complicated relationships add depth. Told in alternating points of view, the narrative is filled with texts, tweets, and tech slang and terminology which YA readers might love.
Likable Characters: From my perspective, I think all the characters are likable, realistic, and interesting. As a bonus, I was able to clarify what “shipping” means!!! (and I think I could use it in a sentence…except the young people in my family might roll their eyes!)
Themes: Thoughtful themes include family expectations and relationships, friendship, sibling relationships, pressures of achievement, loyalty, supporting family, finding your voice, coming of age, family businesses, and first love.
Recipe: Talk of dessert figures prominently into the narrative. Here is the recipe (from the author’s website) for Monster Cake.
Recommend: I recommend Tweet Cute for fans of light reading and engaging YA romcom, for parents looking for appropriate reads for younger readers in the YA genre, and for readers who love a well-told and compelling story.
My Rating: 4 Stars
Meet the Author, Emma Lord
Emma Lord is a digital media editor and writer living in New York City, where she spends whatever time she isn’t writing either running or belting show tunes in community theater. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in psychology and a minor in how to tilt your computer screen so nobody will notice you updating your fan fiction from the back row. She was raised on glitter, grilled cheese, and a whole lot of love. Her sun sign is Hufflepuff, but she is a Gryffindor rising.
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