Tweet Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick
Posted by Caitie F on February 2, 2011
Title: Tweet Heart
Author: Elizabeth Rudnick
Paperback: 264 pages
Year Published: 2010
Summary (from back cover):
Claire can’t believe it when her dream guy starts following her on Twitter. She thought he would never notice 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 is falling for someone else– the last person she would have expected…
The structure of the book was different – everything was either twitter, blogs, or email. It was a little strange, but only took about 20 pages to get used to. If you aren’t on twitter, it might take longer to follow.
The story was cute, very very predictable, but cute. It is marketed to YA, but this could easily be a crossover to middle grade. There wasn’t anything in it, one reference to kissing a boyfriend, but that was it. I think it is the kind of story that teens would really enjoy reading. Claire is a little oblivious, but she is still lovable, as are all the main characters.
It is also great for geeks – there are so many Star Wars/star Trek/Battlestar references and that made it so much more fun to read!
My biggest grip, and why this is not rated higher is that I don’t think the structure really worked. There were so many times that I didn’t understand why they were direct messaging or even @ tweeting each other. I don’t know anyone that has conversations via direct message if it is something they want private, they would text instead and it wasn’t like these teens didn’t have phones. I think it would have worked much better if texting had happened or actually conversations. There were some things that really would have been friends talking and not just tweeting their news.
It was really cute and fun to read a book in such a different style!