The epitome of adorable, this light and funny YA romance for the 21st century is a breath of fresh air from start to finish. Anyone who has ever watched You’ve Got Mail will find an instant love for the Twitter war taking place between two teens who represent their families’ businesses – a major fast food chain and a hometown deli. Pepper and Jack attend the same prestigious school in New York City, but their home lives are vastly different – as well as their personalities at school. Pepper is extremely focused on her grades and blending in with her peers, while Jack is the class clown who knows he doesn’t fit with everyone else. They connect anonymously on a school chat app, and become confidants despite the fact that they don’t know who they’re speaking to. But at school, they also unknowingly become Twitter adversaries as they battle it out over a stolen grilled cheese recipe.
If any of that sounds funny and completely modern, that’s because it is. Just as the title indicates, this is definitely a modern romance that is sweet and clean with plenty of humor. The banter between these two is hysterical to read, and I was rooting for them from the moment they first interacted. Jack’s such a great guy, but he’s often overlooked because his twin is so popular, and Pepper is so focused on school that she’s let a lot of her time at high school pass her by. They’re both easy to like and adorably awkward at romance, so it’s fun to read. While the book does handle some serious topics, it navigates it all extremely well while keeping the tone light. The pages flew by and I definitely got into the story quickly. Thank you, NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this cute romance. I am voluntarily leaving a review.
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.