Tweet Cute

St. Martin’s/Wednesday Bks. Jan. 2020. 368p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250237323.
Gr 7 Up–High schoolers and potential heirs to their family deli and burger franchises, Jack and Pepper are not exactly friends. Jack is living in the shadow of his popular and somehow more handsome identical twin brother, while Pepper, a Nashville-to-NYC transplant, quickly becomes a chameleon at their fancy private high school. Instead of installing a social media team to keep their businesses on the up-and-up, both sets of parents insist that the teens handle it all. It’s not long before a Twitter war between the two companies starts and, unknowingly to Jack and Pepper, they are each on the other side of the keyboard. Filled with humor, heart, and a dose of social media reality—including consequences—debut author Lord packs a punch in this adorably fun novel. Subplots abound, including a student-made anonymous app that ends up bringing people together. Family issues will strike a chord with readers, whether or not they’re familiar with the ins and outs of running a restaurant. Lord keeps it light when she needs to but isn’t afraid to bend to the point of breaking when it matters most. The action takes on a darker edge as the anonymous app subplot thickens, and the companies’ competition goes viral in the Twitter-verse.
VERDICT Readers will fall in love with the main characters, rooting for them to have their meet-cute.

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