I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley, but it does not in any way affect my review. Thank you, NetGalley!
Oh, Tweet Cute. I have mixed feelings about you.
Okay, on one hand, this novel really was cute, from the small interactions that built into a friendship and then eventually into a romantic relationship to the mouth-watering descriptions of all the food. Seriously, I was SO hungry reading this book.
I think one thing that happened a lot in this novel that I’m not a fan of in romances is the characters’ analyses of their feelings with every interaction with each other. For example, after Jack and Pepper have had about two conversations (within the novel at least), Jack describes the physical symptoms he feels when Pepper bumps into, and gets flustered around, another guy. To the reader, Jack is clearly feeling jealous. But why this early into the story? Stuff like that detracts from the slow-burn feel that I prefer in my love stories.
Also, I found that approximately 65% of this novel was tell rather than show. The concept of this is lovely, but I wish the execution had been stronger.
A lot of teens (and people in general) should be able to relate to the feeling of being pressured from multiple sides to do multiple things, but I think that hit a bit too close to home for me right now. I read to escape reality for the most part, but reading this reminded me of all my commitments instead of giving me a chance to relax from them, so I felt stressed while reading this.