Author: Lord, Emma
When Pepper's employer, Big League Burger, steals the famous grilled cheese recipe from Jack's family deli (his grandma's recipe), he begins a Twitter war against the burger joint, whose Twitter account is secretly run by Pepper. In real life Pepper and Jack begin to fall for each other, paving the way for some unexpected awkwardness.
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Interest Level: UG
Reading Level: 6.30
Points: 15.0 Quiz: 510434
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Booklist - 11/01/2019 Pepper just wants to get through her senior year of high school, but her mother insists she puts her powers of GIFing to use for their family burger chain’s Twitter account. Jack knows he could do more for his family’s diner on social media, if only his dad would let him. But when the two get locked into a genuine Twitter war over their respective restaurants’ grilled-cheese recipes, things get complicated on- and off-line. This is a unique take on the YA rom-com trope that the person of your dreams is right in front of you. While describing reaction GIFs doesn’t always work on the page, debut author Lord has found a way to weave web culture into the lives of her protagonists in a way that feels natural, and the possibility for crossed signals and mistakes going viral consistently ups the tension. This plugged-in romance will likely be seen as a precursor to the way teen love stories will be told for years to come. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 12/01/2019 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.—Erin Holt, Williamson County Public Library, Franklin, TN - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.