young adult | contemporary | romance
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.
“Jack, last night I went on the Tumblr tags for Big League Burger and Girl Cheesing. If that didn’t scare the ever-loving crap out of me, nothing will.”
Jack blanches. “We’re on Tumblr tags?”
I lower my voice. “I’ve seen things I can never unsee.”
“God, I wish this were not my legacy.”
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I just HAD to make a post about this book because I don’t see people on my time line talking about it. This will most likely resemble more of a giddy ramble than a review, so don’t mind me too much.
I finished this book in less than a day. By that I mean that I woke up, started reading and didn’t fucking stop until I was done. THIS BOOK WAS UNPUTDOWNABLE.
May I say that I love Emma Lord? I followed her on Twitter since I added this book to my TBR and she is so sweet and funny that I’m not surprise this book was JUST LIKE THAT. This is the type of romance books I’m really looking for, man. The chemistry between Pepper and Jack was there since the moment they first interacted and every second afterwards was just perfect. The flirty banter between them is so fucking adorable I just barely contained myself from rolling on my bed giggling like a highschooler. Their friendship and romance cleaned my pores, watered my crops and cured my depression by them simply smiling at each other. I’m probably gonna reread it at some point this year because it lifted my mood and I need some GOOD SHIT every now and then. Oh my God, hope there’s actually fics about them I need more of them asap.
Ok, well, now. As much as the romance is perfect af, obviously that’s not everything that happens in the book.
First of all, I’m gonna say that if you are looking for something along the lines of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda because of the anonymous app, you might get a little disappointed. It does play part of the drama but not as strongly as I was expecting.
The Twitter war, however, that was so entertaining. I loved the format of the tweets included in the book, the visuals bring something else to the narrative. The lengths Pepper and Jack go in this battle of tweets goes from witty responses down to fucking hacking! I was a little surprised by the turn this took early in the book, but it brought an interesting twist to the character’s relationship.
I also enjoyed the family situations that both characters are dealing with. Both of them are struggling to meet their parent’s expectations and trying to understand what it is that they really want in life. The way Pepper tries to please her mother by keeping her grades and trying to enter an Ivy League college, while not even knowing what she wants to do in the future, is so relatable that I felt bad for her everytime she stressed over it. And Jack has to deal with his inferiority complex due to being the “other twin” and feeling that his father overlooks every achievement he has. This made it easy to relate to the characters and emphatize with their feelings.
I just wished we could have seen a little more of Pepper and Jack’s friends. Like Pepper finally befriends one of her classmates and clears up a misunderstanding that made her alienate herself from the rest of the students. It was great seeing them together, but I just wish there could have been a little more of that.
This is probably my favorite book so far in the year, I enjoyed it from start to finish and there is basically nothing that I would change in it. You can find the book available on Book Depository if you decide to give this amazing rom-com a chance. Highly recommended!