*An Advanced Reader Copy of this book was provided to me by Wednesday books in exchange for an honest review.*
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Pages: 320 pages
Rating: 5 stars
“And I’m about as Type B as they come. I have no interest in arguing, or confrontation in general. Give me the wrong scoop of ice cream? I’ll eat it. Sneak into my room and cut the sleeves off my red sweater for your Spider Man costume? Shit happens.”
When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it’s mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie…although ever since the B.E.I. (Big Embarrassing Incident) with Leo, things have been awkward on that front.
But she didn’t know she’s a younger sister.
When the DNA service reveals Abby has a secret sister, shimmery-haired Instagram star Savannah Tully, it’s hard to believe they’re from the same planet, never mind the same parents—especially considering Savannah, queen of green smoothies, is only a year and a half older than Abby herself.
The logical course of action? Meet up at summer camp (obviously) and figure out why Abby’s parents gave Savvy up for adoption. But there are complications: Savvy is a rigid rule-follower and total narc. Leo is the camp’s co-chef, putting Abby’s growing feelings for him on blast. And her parents have a secret that threatens to unravel everything.
But part of life is showing up, leaning in, and learning to fit all your awkward pieces together. Because sometimes, the hardest things can also be the best ones.
“He loved a good adventure, was every bit as impulsive, had embarrassing stories that rival mine. I could tell him the truthiest truths of me, the good the bad and the “I’m pretty sure I threw away my retainer and it’s somewhere in sixty bags of garbage behind the school gym” levels of ugly, without ever getting the sense that I was disappointing him.”
I read Tweet Cute by Emma Lord around this time last year and loved it. So when I received this ARC I was fairly certain that this was going to be a 5 star read for me and it did not disappoint. I am so thankful to Wednesday Books for sending me this one; I received the approval through Netgalley originally and was so so excited and then about had a heart attack when a physical book showed up on my doorstep.
This book has a little bit of everything; sibling dynamic, friendships, parent and child dynamics, old school campy vibes, romance, loss of a loved one, grief, anxiety, conflict avoidance, photography, culinary, arts, coffee… literally almost anything you could ask for in a book this one has.
This books is a roller coaster ride, it makes you feel every emotion possible while also being funny and relevant and raw. I haven’t read a book that brought me to tears several times in years. This book has so much heart and emotion and just hits you right in the feels.
I felt so seen reading this book. I identified so much with the main character Abbey. While she is definitely more of a Dare Devil then I am, her tendency to avoid conflict at all costs really hit home.
I loved the character development in this book and the fact that a good portion of it takes place at a summer camp. This also reminded me so much of The Parent Trap which I found so fun and unique.
My favorite thing about Tweet Cute was how relatable and current it was and Emma continued that trend in her 2nd book. I think at this point it is safe to say that I will pick up any book she writes.
This was absolutely another home run by Emma Lord and I cannot wait to see what else she has in store for us in the future.