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.
I want to start this review off by stating this book lives up to its title and is absolutely cute as can be. So much of this story is fun, sweet, and I loved every aspect of it. As a teen I loved You’ve Got Mail so this modern Young Adult version was just wonderful. I thought Pepper was a really great character overall with some really interesting perspectives and desires. It was nice that this book looked at the pressures put on teens and seniors in high school. I especially enjoyed the examination of what if I don’t want to go to university after high school.
Jack was such a well written male character. He genuinely seemed to care about the people around him continually. So often the male leads in these books can be secret trash fires but Jack is so sweet I want to wrap him up and make sure nothing ever bad happens to him. His twin Ethan is a good counterpoint to him and I really enjoyed the exploration of feeling like a lesser person against your identical twin.
I did, in the end, wish there was more diversity in the cast. We have Ethan who is gay, and one character with an Indian/Pakistani name. That is the extent of any real diversity shown, and it leaves some sections and conversations a bit flat. There is a great conversation between Pooja and Pepper about the stressors of being students in a competitive private school, and Pooja race is just left out of the conversation. It makes this character read as white despite her name. I just found it odd to set a novel in New York City and make it so homogeneous.
Overall though it was a fast-paced and sweet book, that really needs a recipe addendum, as I have a might need for some monster cake!