The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

by Amy Spalding

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Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives. While her friends and sister have plunged headfirst into the world of dating and romances, Abby’s been happy to focus on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a great internship at her favorite boutique, she’s thrilled to take the first step toward her dream career. Then she falls for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. Hard. And now she’s competing against the girl she’s kissing to win the coveted paid job at the end of the internship.

But really, nothing this summer is going as planned. She also unwittingly becomes friends with Jax, a lacrosseplaying bro-type who wants her help finding the best burger in Los Angeles, and she’s struggling to prove to her mother—the city’s celebrity health nut—that she’s perfectly content with who she is.

Just as Abby starts to feel like she’s no longer the sidekick in her own life, Jordi’s photography surprisingly puts her in the spotlight. Instead of feeling like she’s landed a starring role, Abby feels betrayed. Can Abby find a way to reconcile her positive yet private sense of self with the image others have of her?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510727670
Publisher: Sky Pony
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 391,994
File size: 470 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Amy Spalding has a B.A. in advertising and marketing communications from Webster University, and an M.A. in media studies from the New School. Amy studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. By day, she manages the digital media team for an indie film advertising agency. By later day and night, Amy writes, performs, and pets as many cats as she can. She grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles.

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The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was perfect. It had was a romance that just happened to be about LGBT folks instead of a LGBT romance. It wasn't about her being a lesbian it was just about the relationship and that great to read. It never felt forced and it handled the plus size part with ease and accuracy. I loved it.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
I have to say I was a little put off and was hesitant to read this one based on the title. But when I read the synopsis and saw the cover I was ALL IN. (Call me shallow if you want, I don't care lol) But I was really surprised at how much I liked this! The summer is here and Abby has finally scored her dream internship at a local boutique that she adores. This is where she learns of her unexpected competition: Jordi Perez. She is surprised to fall for her, knowing that they would have to compete to land the paid job at the end of the summer. This summer also involves a new friend Jax and the best burgers in LA. If that doesn't sound like the best summer, I'm not sure what does! The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was the MC. Although I loved her for the most part, she talked ALOT. lol I know that's stupid because its a contemp book, but she kept cutting people off and that kind of thing annoys me in real life. People do that to me all the time and it make me want to scream. But otherwise I really liked her and I really respected her actions and the way she felt about people and the way she treated her friends. I also really loved that she felt so real. I could identify with her questioning of her friends and some of their motives. It's something that I struggle with even still. Then there was Jordi. I LOVED her. I loved how she was the exact opposite of Abby and she still complimented her in the best way possible. They were so cute together and I loved all their swoony moments together I also loved the setting. My favorite contemporary romances are those that happen in the sun, on the beach, and have the cutest couples. This book had all of the above. I have to say I could easily picture myself on the beach with them as their friend, visiting diners and eating burgers with them. As the audio, it was super easy to get swept up in the beauty of LA and Cassandra Morris' voice. As for the plot, it was quick moving which made for a quick read. I was able to listen to it in two sittings which I really enjoyed. There were a few instances where it was a bit drawn out it seemed like, but for the most part, the writing and the humor was enough for me to overlook it. This book was nothing like I expected, but it was so good. It just goes to show you, never judge a book by its title lol I'm glad I didn't write out the book over something so trivial.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super cute and refreshing! Listening to Abby's internal conversations were relatable and silly. I could not put this book down! Was a great pride month book!!"
kiki85 More than 1 year ago
This book was so fun. I wish there had been something like this when I was a teen and am so glad it exists now.
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
“Fashion can be art. And art doesn’t have to be big. It can be just for you.” I have mixed feeling about this. While I LOVED the friendships in the story (Jax and Abby were amazing), the diverse rep with a plus sizes lesbian MC in Abby, a Latina love interest in Jordi, and a black woman in Maliah (Abby’s best friend) and the showcase of fashion and creativity, I kinda lost the spark I had for the relationship after the big conflict point. The Summer of Jordi Perez follows Abby, a plus sized fashion blogger, and Jordi, a photographer, who are both interning at a local boutique and the immediately have some fantastic chemistry that pulled me in. They spend time with each other, encourage each other, and are all around adorable. But the conflict in the story that temporarily drives them apart really made me not like Jordi anymore, and I thought Abby deserved better. The ending felt a little rushed and underwhelming and the book ended on a lower note. I did really appreciate seeing Abby as a proud fat girl who loves who she is and wants other fat girls and guys to love themselves too. And while she is a little flakey and absent minded, she is so charming and relatable. While I liked the end of the book less than I expected, I still had a really fun time with this overall.