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.
Romance is DISGUSTING…drown me in it.
It was almost excruciating to finish this book and emerge from my eerie submarine existence into a harsh stampede of noise and light. The story dropped over me like a mantle, emanating a bright, steady, peaceful glow that enlarged the space around me.
This wildly romantic, immensely immersive, and gloriously over-the-top novel about two teens from competing family businesses who get entangled in a viral Twitter war will win you over with its delightful humor, glittering cast of characters, beautifully rendered scenes and the author’s vivid and descriptive style. I also loved the will-they-won’t-they romance, and how Pepper and Jack circled each other tentatively, as if the other person was a fire whose warmth they craved but knew might burn. There’s also a helping of family drama that kept me riveted; this is a web of people, after all, not just a few clashing separate relationships, and all the characters step wholly into the page.
I felt genuinely buoyed by the sweetness of the story washing quietly about me, and was reluctant to put down the novel, eyes aching from twisting themselves around the words, until I reached the very last page.
This charming yet emotionally charged novel casts a spell, and I’m already looking forward to reading it again.