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.
Rating and Review
As I have mentioned many a times, the book has been on my TBR ever since it released because I was intrigued by the premise of the story / plot and curious to know how it would pan out.
I am glad I read the book because it was an enjoyable endeavour for me. I got my hands on an e-copy and an audio-copy in the library and borrowed them both because while I have enjoyed the audiobook experience, some narrators have totally botched things up as well.
For this one, the female narrator (did not get to the male narrator part) did not work for me. It felt as if she was trying very hard. So there is that.
Now to my thoughts on the book. Pepper and Jack had been acquaintances for years at the start of the book and their friendship and the subsequent romantic relationship felt too sudden. Sometimes, forced as well.
The grilled cheese, which is the bone of contention and the major plot device, seemed too stretched for my liking. There were time when I kept muttering ‘enough of it already!’
The characters seemed to have dual personality going on for them because there were very distinct differences in the way the background was provided and the way the characters were portrayed going forth in the story.
For example, Pepper is described as give no quarter nerd who cannot slack in her studies. That is the kind of effort she puts in and all of a sudden, her grades are going down and that is not impacting her psyche. That does not make sense.
Likewise, Jack is supposedly a class clown with not even one serious bone in his body and then all of a sudden he is intelligence extraordinaire. That does not make sense because the groundwork is not there.
If the childishness in the children was not enough, Pepper’s mom revenge agenda starts against a man she once knew (one can easily say that that acquaintance / relationship happened lifetimes ago)! A revenge that completely had her daughter’s life derailed!
Despite having said and experienced the above, the story kept me entertained and there were some aww moments in it as well. A making of a sweet romance.
In conclusion, I’ll say that it is good for a one time read.