Tweet Cute: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

Tweet Cute by Emma LordPepper has spent her high school career maintaining a perfect GPA while captaining the swim team and adjusting to life in New York after her family’s burger stand Big League Burger became a major national chain. Not to mention secretly running Big League Burger’s Twitter account for the company’s meme-illiterate social media manager.

The only place where Pepper can admit how little she knows about what she wants next is when she’s talking to Wolf on Weazle–the anonymous chat app that is completely against school rules and impossible to ignore.

Unlike Pepper, Jack doesn’t worry about overachieving at all–his identical twin Ethan has that covered. Especially when Jack is always ready behind the scenes to take over the things Ethan can’t quite manage. Being the lower profile brother has its perks as it gives Jack time to teach himself to create and manage Weazle.

Talking to Sparrow anonymously on his app is the one place where no one is disappointed that Jack isn’t Ethan. It’s also a distraction from working at his family’s shop Girl Cheesing and worrying about the pressure he feels to one day take over the family business.

When Big League Burger steals the recipe for Girl Cheesing’s iconic grilled cheese sandwich, Jack is ready to throw down one Tweet at a time. And Pepper, it turns out, can give as good as she gets when it comes to snark.

All’s fair in love and fast food, but when Pepper and Jack’s Twitter battle escalates to viral proportions they will have to figure out if either of them can transcend their family’s expectations–not to mention their epic rivalry–to give their fledgling friendship a chance to become something more in Tweet Cute (2020) by Emma Lord.

Tweet Cute is Lord’s debut novel. The story alternates between Pepper and Jack’s first person narrations. If the premise sounds a little like You’ve Got Mail or The Shop Around the Corner, that’s not just you. The book stays close to the plot of those classics with a few modern twists (and a lot more grilled cheese).

Viral Twitter feud aside, Tweet Cute is a gentle contemporary romance about two characters trying to do the best they can even when they are actively getting in their own way partly due to their own preconceived notions and a lack of communication with friends and family.

Surprising plot twists, satisfying character arcs, and the inventive incorporation of rom-com tropes keep this story from ever feeling stale or predictable.

Tweet Cute is an unexpectedly delightful story of mistaken identity, social media feuds, baking, and fast food. All wrapped up in character arcs centered on forgiveness and learning to understand yourself while you’re still figuring out who that is. In other words: ALL OF MY FAVORITE THINGS. Highly recommended.

Possible Pairings: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett; Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake; Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum; Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan; Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks; Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon; Analee in Real Life by Janelle Milanes; Lucky Caller by Emma Mills; Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales; Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood; The Shop Around the Corner; You’ve Got Mail

March 2020 Reading Tracker

Books I Read:

  1. We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian
  2. Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer by Gillian Goerz
  3. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman (audio)
  4. Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
  5. Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura
  6. Palace of Silver by Hannah West
  7. Don’t Go Without Me by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
  8. New York: A Short History by George J. Lankevich
  9. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
  10.  Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Menby Caroline Criado-Pérez (audio)
  11. Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman (audio)
  12. Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer (audio)
  13. Romanov by Nadine Brandes (audio)
  14. The Light Between the Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

Books I Had Planned to Read:

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What are you hoping to read this month? 📚 New month, new books. These are the books I’m hoping to get to this month. I made a lot of headway with my backlog of reviews to write for my blog in February and I’m going to try to carry that momentum into February. 📚 The titles are: 📖The Kingdom of Cooper by S. A. Chakraborty (planning to do this one on audio) 📖Palace of Silver by Hannah West 📖Take Me With You by Tara Altebrando 📖Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee 📖The Insomniacs by Marit Weisenberg 📖Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust 📖We Are tbr Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian 📚 Are any of these on your radar? Which one would you read first? 📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #lovereading #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookstagramit #bookish #bookishfeature #bookblog #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #bookstack #signedbooksundays #arcs

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Books Bought:

  1. The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski (signing)

ARCs Received: 0!

You can also see what I read in February.

Don’t Go Without Me: A Graphic Novel Review

Don't Go Without Me by Rosemary Valero-O'ConnellDon’t Go Without Me (2020) by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell is a triptych collection of three comic stories.

In “Don’t Go Without Me” there is a rumor that when you stand in a certain place at a certain time, you can be transported to a different realm–one that exists next to ours in secret. When two lovers cross over, they find themselves separated and forced to barter stories in exchange for clues that might bring them back to each other. But when every trade costs something, how much do either of them have to lose?

“What Is Left” starts when a ship crashes. The ship runs on memories, but when the engine malfunctions the lone surviving engineer finds herself awash in memories of someone else’s life.

For years in “Con Temor, Con Ternura” (With Fear, With Tenderness), a small ocean-side town has watched the sleeping giant at the edge of their town. While they wait for the predicted date when the giant is supposed to wake, the town decides to greet their future head on with a party. But they soon learn that preparing for an expected outcome is not the same as meeting it.

Don’t Go Without Me is an excellent collection of speculative fiction graphic novels exploring human relationships stretched outside of typical norms. Unique restricted color palettes differentiate between each story here and allow Valero-O’Connell’s distinct style to shine in each panel.

Intricate backgrounds and lush artwork offset characters dealing, in each story, with themes of isolation and connection as best they can. Although Don’t Go Without Me can be grim, it is also beautiful and meditative. Valero-O’Connell continues to demonstrate that she is an artist and author to watch.

Week in Review: March 28: Quarantine Week 2: In which I mend a doll and listen to many audiobooks

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Do you ever get in your own way? 📚 Pepper has spent high school maintaining a perfect GPA and adjusting to life in New York after her family's burger stand Big League Burger became a major national chain. Not to mention secretly running Big League Burger's Twitter account for the company's meme-illiterate social media manager. 📚 The only place Pepper can admit how little she knows about what she wants next is talking to Wolf on Weazle–the anonymous chat app that is completely against school rules and impossible to ignore. 📚 Unlike Pepper, Jack doesn't worry about overachieving at all–his identical twin Ethan has that covered. Especially when Jack is always ready behind the scenes to take over the things Ethan can't manage. Being the lower profile brother has its perks as it gives Jack time to create and manage Weazle. 📚 Talking to Sparrow anonymously on his app is the one place no one is disappointed that Jack isn’t Ethan. It's also a distraction from working at his family's shop Girl Cheesing and worrying about the pressure he feels to one day take over the family business. 📚 When Big League Burger steals the recipe for Girl Cheesing's iconic grilled cheese sandwich, Jack is ready to throw down one Tweet at a time. And Pepper, it turns out, can give as good as she gets when it comes to snark. 📚 All's fair in love and fast food, but while Pepper and Jack's Twitter battle escalates to viral proportions, they’ll have to figure out if either of them can transcend their family's expectations–and epic rivalry–to give their friendship a chance to become something more in Tweet Cute by Emma Lord. 📚 Pepper and Jack spend a lot of this book learning how to get out of their own way and that’s one of the reasons I love it. 📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #lovereading #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookstagramit #bookish #bookishfeature #bookblog #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #tweetcute #emmalord #signedbooksundays

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How My Week Went:

I keep forgetting what day of the week it is. Not surprising, I guess, since I haven’t left my house in days. My mom and I are going through her doll collection and finding things to resell on eBay. Today I restrung an Effanbee Patsy doll whose strings had worn away. But we are keeping her as the doll and I are now bonded on a deep level. I have not had a lot of focus for reading but have been listening to lots of audiobooks.

Loveboat, Taipei: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing WenThe last thing Ever Wong wants to do is spend her summer in an educational program in Taiwan learning Chinese and preparing to start at Northwestern’s pre-med program in the fall.

But Ever is used to not having a say in her own life and isn’t surprised when her parents ship her off and ruin her plans to spend one last summer dancing before she gives up (like always) and does what her parents want (like always).

But the program isn’t what ever expects. Instead of rigorous study with Chien Tan Ever finds herself in a program with minimal supervision and her exuberant roommate Sophie Ha egging her on, Ever is ready to break every one of her parents rules–especially when it comes to no dating.

With its reputation as a party program to meet up (and hook up), there’s no shortage of cute guys–most notably including Xavier Yeh the sexy heir to a fortune who’s already caught Sophie’s eye and has a secret he’s reluctant to admit. Then there’s Rick Woo who, as the bane of Ever’s existence and object lesson of how she’ll never be good enough for her parents, is totally not dating material. No matter how much he gets under Ever’s skin.

But the more time Ever spends doing all of the things her parents would hate, the less sure she is what she wants for herself in Loveboat, Taipei (2020) by Abigail Hing Wen.

Loveboat, Taipei is Wen’s debut novel. Although Ever’s narration sometimes skews towards hyperbolic metaphors (“But why did you let me dance when I was little? I want to cry. Why give me honey when you knew my future was diabetic?”) her struggle to reconcile her own desires with honoring the sacrifices her parents have made to give Ever so many opportunities.

Ever is a complex, fully realized heroine with her own strengths and flaws. What starts as a summer of rebellion becomes a chance for her to learn how to articulate and pursue her dream to become a dancer and choreographer instead of the doctor her parents always wanted her to become.

Loveboat, Taipei shines when the focus is on ever and her own journey. The other characters, in comparison, often feel one-dimensional. A tertiary character’s struggle with depression becomes a plot device in the final act and does not receive as thorough a treatment as it should have. In contrast another character’s dyslexia is addressed much more conscientiously.

Over the course of the summer, Ever travels through Taipei’s glittering nightlife and tourist destinations while negotiating her identity as an American visitor in Taiwan compared to her life as the only Asian American in her small Ohio town. With clubbing, loads of drama, and a messy love triangle, Ever’s summer is more than she bargained for and forces her to confront her best and worst qualities before she can figure out what comes next.

Loveboat, Taipei is as thoughtful as it is sensational. Recommended for readers looking for a splashy romance with soul searching in equal measure.

Possible Pairings: Practically Ever After by Isabel Bandeira, Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao, The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert, Anna K.: A Love Story by Jenny Lee, Tweet Cute by Emma Lord, This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura, Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

Making Friends: Back to the Drawing Board: A Graphic Novel Review

Making Friends: Back to the Drawing Board by Kristen GudsnukDany finally feels like she’s getting the hang of middle school. Her best friend Madison has found her own place in town after her confusing start as a drawing in Dany’s magical sketchbook.

With their school opening again after being destroyed in no small part by Dany’s shenanigans at the start of the school year, it’s a busy time. So busy, in fact, that Dany decides it might be time to duplicate herself so she will have someone to help her with mounting homework and figure out how to navigate the still confusing waters of middle school social climbing.

When Dany and … Dany accidentally let a magical dog loose in town, chaos unsurprisingly ensues before Dany, Madison, their other friends, (and the other Dany) work together to try and stop the dog and save the school dance in Making Friends: Back to the Drawing Board (2019) by Kristen Gudsnuk.

Making Friends: Back to the Drawing Board is the second installment in Gudsnuk’s wacky graphic novel series.

Gudsnuk takes the humor, friendships, and zaniness from book one and turns it up to twelve in this flashy, full color, graphic novel.

Things you’ll find in these pages: five Solar Scouts, one Pikkiball, one mean girl, several magic flying rings, a dog genie. Do I even need to say more?

Making Friends: Back to the Drawing Board positions Gudsnuk as a must-read for anyone who enjoys their graphic novels tempered with great humor, good friends, and a whole lot of silly pop culture references.

Possible Pairings: Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol, Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks, All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson, All Summer Long by Hope Larson, Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson, Lumberjanes by Noelle Stephenson, Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi, Audrey’s Magic Nine by Michelle Wright, illustrated by Courtney Huddleston and Tracy Bailey

*An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher for review consideration at BookExpo 2019*

Week in Review: March 21: In which I survive one week of quarantine

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What were you doing before everything went sideways? 📚 Right before everything really went off the rails I was invited to an evening celebrating Victoria Schwab’s upcoming book The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue with members of the Tor team and some fellow influencers. 📚 The event was at The Trading Post down by the seaport. Swipe through for an exterior view, the Maple Fashioned cocktail I tried (so strong, such bourbon), and the Very Exciting Thing I left with. 📚 It was great to get to see Victoria, meet some new friends, and catch up with some old ones. Already looking forward to when this blows over and we can all go to book events again. 📚 And today you can head to EW to see the reveal of the US cover! 📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #lovereading #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookstagramit #bookish #bookishfeature #bookblog #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #victoriaschwab #irememberaddie #theinvisiblelifeofaddielarue

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How My Week Went:

This week was three years long. My library system finally made the right decision and has been closed this week which has been extremely strange but is a relief. If you are considered essential staff where you work, I hope you are staying safe and healthy. If you are not, I hope you are doing your part by staying home to protect the people who can’t.

My library also put out a new podcast episode about all of the virtual programming we have on offer and I talk about a booklist I made with some titles that might help put this moment in context. You can find the podcast here (I’m near the beginning): https://www.bklynlibrary.org/podcasts/social-distancing-were

You can also find the list here: https://bklyner.com/germs-viruses-and-other-books/?mode=list

If you are at home and need some book recommendations you can also still submit a BookMatch request for personalized suggestions from a librarian like me (or actually me): https://www.bklynlibrary.org/bookmatch

And since this has become a self-promotion recap, if you have time at home, now might be a great time to organize your books with some of the tips I shared with Apartment Therapy: https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/book-organizing-tips-librarian-36721739?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=managed