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review 2020-01-17 07:10
Blog Tour w/Review - Tweet Cute

 

 

 

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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.

 

Early Praise:


"Tweet Cute delivers in every possible way: a perfect enemies-to-lovers romance, a whip-smart plotline, and endearingly real characters. I devoured it.” - Francesca Zappia, author of Eliza and Her Monsters


"Sweet and fun! An adorable debut that updates a classic romantic trope with a buzzy twist." - Jenn Bennett, author of Alex, Approximately and Serious Moonlight


“A witty rom-com reinvention for the Twitter age, Tweet Cute pairs delicious online rivalry with deeply relatable insights on family pressure and growing up. This fresh, funny read had us hitting ‘favorite’ from page one.” - Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of Always Never Yours and If I’m Being Honest 

 

Buy Link: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/tweet-cute

 

 

 

 

 

JACK

 

“Look.” I glance into the classroom, where Ethan is thoroughly distracted by Stephen and no longer keeping an eye on us. “I may have . . . overreacted.”

 

Pepper shakes her head. “I told you. I get it. It’s your family.”

 

“Yeah. But it’s also—well, to be honest, this has been kind of good for business.”

 

Pepper’s brow furrows, that one little crease returning. “What, the tweets?”

 

“Yeah.” I scratch the back of my neck, sheepish. “Actually, we had a line out the door yesterday. It was kind of intense.”

 

“That’s . . . that’s good, right?”

 

The tone of my voice is clearly not matching up with the words I’m saying, but if I’m being honest, I’m still wary of this whole overnight business boom. And if I’m being honest, I’m even more wary of Pepper. If this really is as much of a family business as she claims it is—to the point where she’s helping run the Twitter handle, when even I know enough about corporate Twitter accounts to know entire teams of experienced people get paid to do that—then she might have had more of a hand in this whole recipe theft thing than she’s letting on.

 

The fact of the matter is, I can’t trust her. To the point of not knowing whether I can even trust her knowing how our business is doing, or just how badly we need it.

 

“Yeah, um, I guess.” I try to make it sound noncommittal. My acting skills, much like my breakfast-packing skills, leave much to be desired.

 

“So . . .”

 

“So.”

 

Pepper presses her lips into a thin line, a question in her eyes.

 

“So, I guess—if your mom really wants you to keep tweeting . . .”

 

“Wait. Yesterday you were pissed. Two minutes ago you were pissed.”

 

“I am pissed. You stole from us,” I reiterate. “You stole from an eighty-five-year-old woman.”

 

“I didn’t—”

 

“Yeah, yeah, but still. You’re them, and I’m . . . her. It’s like a choose your fighter situation, and we just happen to be the ones up to bat.”

 

“So you’re saying—you don’t not want me to keep this up?”

 

“The way I see it, you don’t have to make your mom mad, and we get a few more customers in the door too.”

 

Pepper takes a breath like she’s going to say something, like she’s going to correct me, but after a moment, she lets it go. Her face can’t quite settle on an expression, toeing the line between dread and relief.

 

“You’re sure?”

 

I answer by opening the container she handed me. The smell that immediately wafts out of it should honestly be illegal; it stops kids I’ve never even spoken to in their tracks.

 

“Are you a witch?” I ask, reaching in and taking a bite of one. It’s like Monster Cake, the Sequel—freaking Christmas in my mouth. I already want more before I’ve even managed to chew. My eyes close as if I’m experiencing an actual drug high—and maybe I am, because I forget myself entirely and say, “This might even be better than our Kitchen Sink Macaroons.”

 

“Kitchen Sink Macaroons?”

 

Eyes open again. Yikes. Note to self: dessert is the greatest weapon in Pepper’s arsenal. I swallow my bite so I can answer her.

 

“It’s kind of well-known, at least in the East Village. It even got in some Hub Seed roundup once. I’d tell you to try some, but you might steal the recipe, so.”

 

Pepper smiles, then—actually smiles, instead of the little smirk she usually does. It’s not startling, but what it does to me in that moment kind of is.

 

Before I can examine the unfamiliar lurch in my stomach, the bell rings and knocks the smile right off her face. I follow just behind her, wondering why it suddenly seems too hot in here, like they cranked the air up for December instead of October. I dismiss it by the time I get to my desk—probably just all the Twitter drama and the glory of So Sorry Blondies getting to my head.

 

“One rule,” she says, as we sit in the last two desks in the back of the room.

 

I raise my eyebrows at her.

 

“We don’t take any of it personally.” She leans forward on her desk, leveling with me, her bangs falling into her face. “No more getting mad at each other. Cheese and state.”

 

“What happens on Twitter stays on Twitter,” I say with a nod of agreement. “Okay, then, second rule: no kid gloves.”

 

Mrs. Fairchild is giving that stern look over the room that never quite successfully quiets anyone down. Pepper frowns, waiting for me to elaborate.

 

“I mean—no going easy on each other. If we’re going to play at this, we’re both going to give it our A game, okay? No holding back because we’re . . .”

 

Friends, I almost say. No, I’m going to say. But then—

 

“I’d appreciate it if even one of you acknowledged the bell with your silence,” Mrs. Fairchild grumbles.

 

I turn to Pepper, expecting to find her snapping to attention the way she always does when an adult comes within a hundred feet of disciplining her. But her eyes are still intent on me, like she is sizing something up—like she’s looking forward to something I haven’t anticipated yet.

 

“All right. No taking it personally. And no holding back.”

 

She holds her hand out for me to shake again, under the desk so Mrs. Fairchild won’t see it. I smile and shake my head, wondering how someone can be so aggressively seventeen and seventy-five at the same time, and then I take it. Her hand is warm and small in mine, but her grip is surprisingly firm, with a pressure that almost feels like she’s still got her fingers wrapped around mine even after we let go.

 

I turn back to the whiteboard, a ghost of a smirk on my face. “Let the games begin.”



 

 

Tweet CuteTweet Cute by Emma Lord
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pepper is trying not to be crushed by all the demands in her life. As swim team captain, a completely straight A student, and her parents demands of her input into their company. She is just a high school student who should have just been a girl, meeting a boy, hoping he likes her. If only.

Jack is a total pretender. He pretends to be ok with the whole school assuming he is his brother. He pretends not to know all the goings on through an app he runs. He pretends to be a normal teenager, like all the others. What he really is well, is a boy. Just a boy, hoping to meet a girl who will like him for just being himself, and not his popular brother.

The characters have the sparks right from the start! Already like oil and water, there are many secrets to high school, and even more between the main MC's. That is before all the public hype too. Is it love, is it war? Is it just high school? I laughed and found myself turning each page wanting to get to the end fast.


***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley & its publishers, in exchange for an honest review only.

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Author Q&A with Emma Lord &Kitty's Book Spot!


Do you write to music?

 

I do! It tends to be slower, more acoustic music while I’m doing the actual writing, and more bops when I’m plotting. These days it’s a lot easier to find good music to write to, with other writers sharing playlists on Tumblr all the time.


Do you make music playlists for your works?


I’ve recently gotten into making character playlists for works, at the suggestion of other writer friends. I tend to listen to those when I’m walking around and daydreaming about the plots, though, since I find that the music I think my characters would listen to isn’t often the kind of music that helps me focus on actual writing. I’m have a WIP right now that has six different character playlists and is probably about to get more, my poor Spotify account is just a big mess of character names!


What would you tell us about yourself that no one knows?


I saw the Star Trek 2009 reboot in theaters seven times. (My friends thought it was six. I lied.)

 

 

 

 


Author bio:


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. TWEET CUTE is her debut novel. You can find her geeking out online at @dilemmalord on Twitter or Instagram.

 

 

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review 2020-01-16 03:56
Spark
Tweet Cute - Emma Lord

Pepper is trying not to be crushed by all the demands in her life.  As swim team captain, a completely straight A student, and her parents demands of her input into their company.  She is just a high school student who should have just been a girl, meeting a boy, hoping he likes her.  If only.

 

Jack is a total pretender.  He pretends to be ok with the whole school assuming he is his brother.  He pretends not to know all the goings on through an app he runs.  He pretends to be a normal teenager, like all the others.  What he really is well, is a boy.  Just a boy, hoping to meet a girl who will like him for just being himself, and not his popular brother.

 

The characters have the sparks right from the start!  Already like oil and water, there are many secrets to high school, and even more between the main MC's.  That is before all the public hype too.  Is it love, is it war?  Is it just high school?  I laughed and found myself turning each page wanting to get to the end fast.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley & its publishers, in exchange for an honest review only. 

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review 2020-01-14 12:25
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Tweet Cute - Emma Lord

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This has to be one of the most perfectly named books that I have come across in a long time because this book was really cute! As soon as I read the premise for this book, I knew that I would have to give it a try. It just sounded like such a good time. And it was! Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down and ended up finishing it in a single day. I really enjoyed the time I spent with this book.

Pepper hasn't been in New York all that long. She moved there with her mom and older sister when their family's burger chain started getting huge. She somehow finds the time for her schoolwork, activities, and still helps out with the company's Twitter account. Jack has lived in New York all of his life. His family owns a neighborhood deli and Jack occasionally posts something on social media for the business. 

When the big burger chain is rolling out a new grilled cheese that sounds a lot like the signature sandwich served at the small deli. It's war or a Twitter war, at least. These two are going back and forth and they don't even realize who is on the other end. Until they do. I loved this setup! It was just such a playful way of getting to see these characters get to know each other. 

I loved Pepper and Jack! They both had some family issues to deal with and really had a lot in common. I thought that they were both very smart and resourceful teens. They really were perfect for each other. They had a lot of chemistry but I really felt like they understood each other in a way no one else seemed to. 

I would recommend this book to others. I found this to be a light-hearted story filled with wonderful characters and a few laughs. I will be keeping an eye out for future books by this debut author!

I received a digital review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press - Wednesday Books via NetGalley.

Initial Thoughts
I thought that this was cute! The twitter feud between Jack's family's small deli and the large burger chain owned by Pepper's family was fun. Pepper and Jack had a lot in common and I liked the fact that we got to see both of their points of view in the story. They really did seem like they fit together perfectly. I found this to be a really fun romance.

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review 2020-01-07 21:56
warm and fuzzies and fluffers too!
Salvaging Love (Rescue Me #1) - Sara Ohlin
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Faced with the destruction of her beloved neighbourhood, Ellie is given a month to persuade lawyer and new block owner Jackson to renovate, rather than rebuild. This appears to be only the second book Ms Ohlin has written. And I really rather enjoyed it! It's light a fluffy in places, and dark and deadly in others. It's funny and sexy in places, its heavy and emotional in others. It spans a huge range of emotions and all are extremely well portrayed and delivered. Ellie is a vet (as in animal doctor, not ex service person) and Jackson is lawyer to the criminal underworld in town. Jackson is jaded and buys the block as a new career. Ellie loves her community and fights Jackson all the way. But Jackson is, quite literally, smitten as a kitten with Ellie and it really doesn't take much for Jackson to see what Ellie does. Jackson's job clashes with his personal life in a way I so did NOT see coming at me and I loved that! I absolutely did NOT have a clue that was coming at me, and I must have shouted out, cos my daughter stuck her head round the door and asked if I was ok! It was a blinder of a plot twist! Very well played, there, Ms Ohlin, very well played! It does carry some darker story lines: parental/spousal abuse, as well as animal abuse. Some of this is described in great detail. Readers may have triggers. Both Ellie and Jackson have a say, and I loved that they did. Ya'll know I need to hear from everyone! This is billed as book one in the Rescue Me series, and I cannot wait to see who comes next, and what Ms Ohlin pulls out of her hat for them! 4 very VERY good stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2019-12-15 23:25
Knitting Mochimochi
Knitting Mochimochi: 20 Super-Cute Strange Designs for Knitted Amigurumi - Anna Hrachovec

This is another book that I borrowed because it had some fun patterns in it that would be fun to give as gifts. Again, the beginning has the best instructions for joining the parts of the creatures listed in the book.

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