Advanced review copy of Tweet Cute provided by Wednesday Books
I haven’t laughed so hard with a book since My Lady Jane! Not just laughing, but the full hilarious cackle that comes when it’s just too good for any other expression. That is my summary of Tweet Cute.
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.
How cute is that! When I saw that Tweet Cute was being pitched in the You’ve Got Mail thread— I was sold. You want the rom-com of my heart? There is it. Add in some gooey, cheesy food and I’m the happiest fangirl in existence. But really, give me an excuse to make grilled cheese and I’m there.
Q & A
I got the chance to ask Emma Lord a few questions about her writing process:
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
I love when you think you have the whole thing plotted out and then midway through the draft a character surprises you and is like, “Nah, I’m not gonna do that. Here’s what I’m gonna do instead.” Never a dull moment!
What is your go-to writing snack?
I’m actually terrible at snacking and writing, but I am definitely a tea gal. I’m part of the 5am writer’s club, and tea is the one way to bribe my lazy butt out of bed. That said, my entire life and times is basically sponsored by Taco Bell. When I hit word count for the day you can almost always find me in line for a spicy tostada and chips and guac.
What is your favorite Rom-com (book/tv/film)?
I love love love the movie About Time, and the book Something Borrowed. Those are my main comfort watch and comfort read for sure. I think there is something innately Hufflepuff about the main characters in both of those works, and being inside their brains is a cozy place to be because of it.
This book was everything I needed in my life to kick off 2020; super sweet and endearing romance, all the food my heart can desire, and enough laughs to make my cat judge me. I love the relationship between Pepper and Jack, how it builds and sways and blossoms into something so beautiful. But not only is this book about them, it’s about their families and the relations we try to mend in our lives, the expectation we place upon ourselves and others, and how at the end of the day we do truly have each other. Sappy, I know. But I’m a hopeless romantic, what can I say? Also, did I mention the healing power of food?
I seriously couldn’t get enough of Pepper-Jack (Yes, that is the ship name)! And the foodie Twitter war! And all of the gooey rom-com elements that I need in my life. So do yourself a favor and preorder/buy this book, you won’t regret it. *But it may make you crave desserts and grilled cheese.
On that note— Here’s a quick recipe for my ultimate Monte Cristo Grilled Cheese
- 2 slices of San Luis Sourdough (because it is the superior sourdough)
- ½ cup of grated Swiss Cheese
- 1 slice of Smoked Turkey
- 1 slice of Black Forest Ham
- Put a tablespoon of butter in a hot skillet. Season the outside of the bread slices with a touch of salt and garlic powder. Add a layer of cheese, a smatter of turkey (rip it into smaller pieces so it’s not just a blob), another layer of cheese, a smatter of ham (ripped like turkey), and a final layer of cheese before placing the top slice on.
- Cook on medium until crispy and golden brown on each side (if you need to cover the pan to make sure the cheese inside melts, do so‑ it’s a hack that is wonderful).
- Slice in half and serve with jam (Blackberry and Raspberry are my favorites, but also try Apricot).
Tada! That is the perfect Monte Cristo Grilled Cheese!
Make a sandwich, bake some ooey gooey desserts, snuggle into the couch with Tweet Cute and enjoy this fantastic rom-com.
XO — Camille