Friday, 13 August 2010
Review: Tweet Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick
Released: June 29th, 2010
Grade rating: B-
Claire is a #hopelessromantic. Lottie is determined to set up her BFF with Mr. Perfect. Will wants his #secretcrush to finally notice him. Bennett is a man with a plan. Claire can’t believe it when her dream guy starts following her on Twitter. She never thought he noticed her, and suddenly he seems to understand her better than almost anyone. But the Twitterverse can be a confusing place, especially when friends act differently online than they do in person. Things get even more complicated when Claire realizes she’s falling for someone else, the last person she ever would have expected….
Tweet Heart is the first book I've read that was comprised of only tweets, blog entries and emails. It was a quick, fun contemporary read, but it's one of those that hasn't really stuck in my head. I did enjoy the banter between the 4 friends, as well as all the pop culture references Rudnick included in the dialogue (big up to Dollhouse!), though the format didn't work as well as I thought it would.
The characters -- Claire, Lottie, Bennett and Will -- were all pretty realistic examples of today's teenagers, especially in an internet environment. Will is the romantic trying to get Claire to notice him, while Lottie is the confident best friend. Bennett stood out for me, as he's a bit of a geek at heart, and constantly talks about TV shows and films. If he was really on Twitter, I'd definitely follow him. Claire is the main protagonist and, unusually for me, she was my least favourite. I found her irritating for a good section of the book, not to mention melodramatic.
The plot itself was like something from a teen movie, in the sense that you just know something is going to go wrong in an epic way. The whole time I was thinking "No, Will, don't do it" to myself, though of course he didn't listen to me. It was a classic case of acting before thinking, though his intentions were in the right place. Readers who don't actively use Twitter might have a hard time getting used to the unconventional narrative, but those who are Twitter addicts like me will have no problem at all. Tweet Heart is perfect for a relaxing read, and I'm definitely interested in checking out future books written in a similar format.