“But sometimes even shouting into a void feels better than just staring into it.”
Rating: 2/5 stars
Release Date: January 21, 2020
Thank you Wednesday Books for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for a honest review!
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.
This was just…really bland for a story that’s legitimately based off of food. It’s like salt and pepper seasoning only and let’s call it a day, which is an absolute crime. I almost feel a little scammed because there are so many raving reviews over on Goodreads and the majority of my friends that received an ARC also loved this. But if we’re being real, 90% of the time I spent reading this I was utterly bored and rolling my eyes. The premise of the story is really cute, the execution of the story is super cheesy – no pun intended.
We’re just going to power through what I didn’t like and then move on to what I did enjoy. My main issue with this is that the synopsis was honestly super misleading for me, so let’s break down why. The whole bit about “all’s fair in love and cheese” and them not knowing who is on the other end of their Twitter accounts is really a small part of their story that resolves quickly. Pepper and Jack realize pretty early on it’s the two of them behind the Twitter accounts and then make a pact to continue their “twitter war” without getting mad at each other. Strike one. The bigger part of the story is that Jack develops an app that allows students to talk to one another anonymously and obviously Pepper and Jack are talking to each other on there too without knowing, because why wouldn’t they? *insert eyeroll* If you’re expecting some big rivalry type of story, this is NOT it.
Next up is the “all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected”. Strike two. I’m still waiting for all the feels, because I didn’t even get one. If you’re expecting any type of romance it won’t come until you’re about 80% into the book, so don’t hold your breath. This is totally more of a friends-to-lovers romance, which I’m totally fine with, but you know, I want a little bit of feeling with it. Not something so bland that it nearly bores me to tears. And then to make matters worse the author just throws in this STUPIDEST reason for why this whole Twitter war started in the first place. Strike three. The amount of times I rolled my eyes throughout this was concerning. Oh, and their couple name is Pepperjack, so strike four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, and ten.
Now for what I liked about this story. I will admit that I did like that there was more going on in Pepper and Jack’s lives than just their Twitter beef. Thank God for that. They each had some issues with their parents or siblings that they work on resolving throughout the story and if it wasn’t for that I absolutely would have DNF’ed this. I also enjoyed a part of the story that included Pepper and another girl from school who were in more of a rivalry than the entire premise of this story. As the story progressed they realized their rivalry was based off of a misunderstanding and spent the rest of the story helping and uplifting one another. Otherwise, the rest was just a no from me.
All in all, if you’re looking for a super over the top cheesy romance with a HEA then this will probably do an okay job of holding you over. But for me unfortunately, it was a major letdown.
Until next time,