Published by Wednesday Books on January 21, 2020
Genres: YA Contemporary
Source: From publisher
A fresh, irresistible rom-com from debut author Emma Lord about the chances we take, the paths life can lead us on, and how love can be found in the opposite place you expected.
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.
This was such an adorable book! I loved every minute of it. Not only that, but it made me totally hungry to make my own fancy grilled cheese sandwiches. First of all, how adorable is the title? The play on the whole “meet cute” is perfect. It was fun to see teens using Twitter and totally in the way that so many use it today, to start the wars that these days keep me away from Twitter a lot. But I also loved how Pepper’s family company was trying to do the snarky tweets that a lot of fast food companies like Wendy’s actually have done. Those are the types of things that get me back on Twitter occasionally. It was definitely great for both Pepper and Jack to have their own family and personal issues that not only made them good friends with lots in common whether they realized it or not, but it also kept them from figuring out their connection on the school app, Weazel. Another really great part is that all the characters had their own reasons for doing things, and the stereotypes weren’t always true, and I like seeing that in YA books. For characters to have to see those aren’t right, and for the author to show us that as well. However it wasn’t a bunch of goody-goody fictional characters either. They did real teenage things, got in trouble, had parent issues, sibling issues, etc. Even with the frustrating parental issues, in the end, I liked how all the parents were supportive of what was best for their child, while still holding them accountable for any mistakes they’d made. Definitely one I’ll be recommending as well as purchasing for the students in my school library.
My Rating: 5 stars
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