Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Publication Date: January 21, 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Rating: ★★★★

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.

Review:

Thank you to Emma Lord, Wednesday Books & NetGalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

This was a really cute story. It’s been a while since I’ve read a really romantic young-adult novel. The story is unlike anything I really have read before. I liked the current time-period of this book. A Twitter feud? I mean, come on! It’s so relevant to today and it was just overall a clever premise.

The characters were my favorite part of this book. I loved that they didn’t know each other behind the screen, but they got to know each other in person. Obviously, there’s no secret of how this book is going to end, but it turned out to be a fantastic way of writing by Emma Lord.

Also, I felt like the writing was funny. It wasn’t really classified as a comedy, but I definitely laughed-out-loud a couple of times. One of the best things about this novel is the writing by Emma Lord. She wrote the story in a romantic-comedy type of way, which I didn’t expect. I thought it was going to be just a cutesy romance with little background on anything. I was pleasantly surprised.

There are two reasons why I gave this book a 4-star rating. First, it was because it took a little while to get started. I was already a good amount in when I felt like it really got in to what I needed it to. Lastly, I feel like there was maybe a little too much going on. They communicated through Twitter, through their school app and in person and sometimes it threw me off.

Overall, Emma Lord did a great job on this novel. I loved all of the relevance to today’s society and all the references that I understood. I really enjoyed the comedy side of it and how cute it turned out to be. This was a great debut and I’m very excited to see what Emma Lord puts out in the future.

Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger (#1)

Publication Date: June 6th, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

“Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts.

Review:

This book is about a girl named Tessa who has trouble leaving her bedroom after something traumatic happens to her the previous summer. Eric Thorn is a superstar who wishes he wasn’t. Even though he became an international heartthrob and every girl wants him, he’s never felt more alone. He’s nervous all of the time due to a He sees on Twitter than the number one trend is something called #EricThornObsessed. It turns out that Tessa had written a fanfiction about the one and only Eric Thorn. While being confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, she has picked Eric Thorn to be her entertainment. She has a twitter called @TessaHeartsEric with 30 thousand followers and growing. When Eric sees the trend, he gets angry and wants to know why they fangirl over him. He creates a fake account for himself called @EricThornSucks under the name Taylor. Tessa and Eric begin to DM over Twitter about Eric Thorn at first, but it quickly turns into more.

I absolutely loved this book. There were so many things going on that I didn’t know what was going to happen next. Let’s break down the things that I really loved:

Characters: Tessa. Tessa. Tessa. Tessa. She was the cutest human alive and I wanted to hug her. I couldn’t imagine going through what she was going through. Agoraphobia clawing at the insides of her brain making her dizzy by the time she gets to the top of her steps. There were some times where I was curious if that was who she really was. You will have to read to find out. Next, Eric Thorn was perfectly written. I feel like he was portrayed exactly how I would think a celebrity would feel. It’s known that a lot of celebrities feel like they are being used and that they have no privacy. A.V. Geiger wrote Eric so perfectly that I could imagine him as a real superstar. I could close my eyes and see a boybander like Harry Styles or Shawn Mendes thinking just like Eric Thorn did.

Story: This is a story unlike any other. I think that the synopsis is what drew me to this book originally. It’s very contemporary and very current with today’s society. It really connects to readers that know Twitter and fandoms. I think it was easier for me to read this because I live in a social media world where everything is known about each other. I’m guilty of that, as well.

Ending: The ending had me screaming. Let’s just say that I’m grateful that there is a sequel because if there wasn’t, I’d be livid. The last page is what really gets you. There are so many questions unanswered and I’m saddened that I have to wait until next year.

Overall, this YA debut was absolutely wonderful. I read it very quickly and that’s because it definitely kept my attention from beginning to end. The coolest part was when I posted a short review on my bookstagram and A.V. Geiger noticed me: 19883688_10210947915466507_164585678_n.jpg

A fun read, definitely check it out!!