The Summer Of Jordi Perez (and The Best Burger In Los Angeles) by Amy SpaldingThe Summer Of Jordi Perez (and The Best Burger In Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding

The Summer Of Jordi Perez (and The Best Burger In Los Angeles)

byAmy Spalding

Hardcover | April 3, 2018

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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?
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...
Title:The Summer Of Jordi Perez (and The Best Burger In Los Angeles)Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:284 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.1 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.1 inPublished:April 3, 2018Publisher:Sky PonyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1510727663

ISBN - 13:9781510727663

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Summer Of Jordi Perez Fun and fluffy and romantic, with plenty for foodie and fashion fans, as well as some sweet, ultimately supportive friendships. Just all around enjoyable. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read An easy, romantic read, perfect for the summer. The story was cute but I found the main character a little annoying.
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun summer read! The Summer of Jordi Perez sounded like a fun romantic summer read which is exactly why I picked it up. It definitely did not disappoint in that department and it was just the perfect summer fluff I needed. Abby is the blogger behind +style and her dream is to be a fashion designer some day. The first step in her plan is to land the internship at a local boutique that she’s wanted. But what she didn’t expect is that she’d have to share her internship with Jordi Perez, a classmate she can’t help but fall for. As her best friend starts to drift away, she becomes friends with a total douchebro and helps him find out what the best burger in L.A. is, for his dad’s new app. It seems like Abby’s summer is set out to be The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the best burger in L.A). I loved the premise and the characters. A romance based in rivalry is one of my favourite tropes and I loved that not only was this novel a cute romance, it was about growing pains in friendships and sisterhood. It was also about family and body acceptance and it just all worked so well together. It was a short read that I think would definitely work for the summer, but also for any time of year because of its different elements. While I really liked the characters, premise and themes, I wasn’t too sold on the writing style. While it was first person POV, I felt like the writing read too much like a monologue sometimes that it didn’t feel like regular thoughts. Other than that, I really enjoyed The Summer of Jordi Perez and it definitely goes on my recommended list of summer reads.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved this adorable story. Abby is a great character. She was very colourful, literally. She wears tons of colours and patterns that I can only imagine. She knows she’s gay, but she has never had a girlfriend, so she’s still figuring out what that kind of relationship would be like. I liked the relationship between Abby and Jax. It demonstrates that a boy and girl can be friends without any romance. I also liked that Jax stopped hitting on Abby when he found out she was gay. He didn’t keep pushing her to do something she wasn’t comfortable doing. The food in this story sounded so good! Well, most of it did. The healthy stuff that Abby’s mom made for her website didn’t sound very appealing, but the burgers and Mexican food sounded delicious! This book will definitely make you hungry! I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A cute and fluffy summery book The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the best burger in Los Angeles) right from the start is so cute! The vibe is cute, it's easy to read and the story's intriguing with quite likable characters. It follows seventeen year-old fashion-obsessed, gay and fat, Abby Ives. We follow Abby's summer with a part-time internship at her favourite local boutique and as she lands her first girlfriend...
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mini review on GR! Mini review: DNF This book was recommended to me by dear GR friend Lola! Click on her name to read her review. I have read one of the author's previous book and I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately it just wasn't for me. This book was actually really cute! But somehow I found it cringey at the same time. I couldn't keep the smile off my face while reading. Yet there were so many things that Abby said and thought that really rubbed me the wrong way. It bothered me quite a bit so I simply DNFed it. Nonetheless I highly recommend it. I honestly think that a lot of people will connect with Abby.
Date published: 2018-04-22

Editorial Reviews

Named one of the Best YA Books of 2018 by Cosmopolitan "The summer's hottest queer teen romance." —Entertainment Weekly "This book is funny, empowering, and romantic, without downplaying the role of platonic friendships. And to the fat girls who are sidelined in almost every romantic comedy? It’s a love letter." —Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda "The Summer of Jordi Perez is a confectionary delight. From lovely romantic date nights to secret makeout sessions to utterly relatable friend drama, this is the happy queer-girl romance I've been longing for since I knew enough to long for happy queer-girl romance." —Robin Talley, New York Times bestselling author of Lies We Tell Ourselves "This book is the queer, fat girl rom-com of my dreams! Plus-size fashion, a fat girl falling in love, nuanced friendships, and cheeseburgers! Did I mention cheeseburgers?" —Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin' "You'll want to go shopping with Abby. You'll obsessively need to sample every cheeseburger in town. You might even plan a foodie-fashion-fun times vacation in L.A. But most importantly, you'll fall in love with The Summer of Jordi Perez. Just like I did." —Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten and I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl "Amy Spalding is the funniest YA contemporary writer out there." —Hey YA Book Riot Podcast [*] “Funny, full of heart, and refreshingly free of a weight-loss arc.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review “Abby’s journey is a vehicle for highlighting the dangers of negative self-perception in any relationship or endeavor. . . Finally able to appreciate her talents, she discovers support and care rather than criticism. Shopping, humor, and summer romance add to the appeal of the story.” —VOYA “Sweet and delightful.” —School Library Journal "A deceptively fun and breezy novel that gracefully delineates the difference between dreaming about a relationship and actually having one. . . . The story moves along effortlessly. This is a book you don’t want to miss a word of. . . . A treat with a heroine who’s not easily forgotten." —Foreword Reviews "It’s about the painful fizzy joy of a new crush, about the solidity and support we get from platonic friendships, about feeling lost when family dynamics change." —Leila Roy, feature for Kirkus Reviews "Spalding is back with another bubbly and fun-loving protagonist, similar to the leading ladies in her Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) (2015) and The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) (2016). Abby finds herself having a summer full of surprises when she starts dating Jordi Perez, her fellow intern at the summer job of her dreams, and helping her new friend Jax rate a bunch of burger joints in L.A. for his father’s soon-to-launch app. A plus-size fashion blogger, Abby proclaims to everyone that she is comfortable with her body, but doesn’t like to look at pictures of herself or post them online. As Jordi turns the camera on her, Abby slowly begins the journey to complete self-love that will lay the foundation for a deeper romantic love. Abby will connect with readers who appreciate the realistic and natural love story between the two girls, and with anyone who’s ever struggled to feel comfortable in his or her own skin." —Booklist "Full of fast-paced writing and just the right amount of romance, this is a happy read that will have you rooting for Abby as she comes to terms with what she wants and how best to get it. Plus, the wonderful queer fat girl rep will leave you with a big smile on your face and an urge to read more just like it." —The Mary Sue "The plot is as sweet as bubblegum, and probably the lightest, most enjoyable read you’ll have all summer. Don’t let the bright colors and stellar shopping fool you, this book carries themes like body positivity, following your dreams, and maintaining friendships too." —After "Abby’s rambling voice is honest, charming, and absorbing. In a story about staying true to one’s passions, Spalding (The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions)) presents an interesting look at first love, social media, and private and public personas." —Publisher's Weekly "Seventeen-year-old Abby Ives is also working after graduation, interning at a hip clothing boutique. Abby claims that she’s doomed to be 'the sassy best friend,' but readers will quickly see her star power. She’s bubbles on steroids dipped in Pop Rocks, perpetually chatty, dressed in candy colours and daydreaming. Amy Spalding’s The Summer of Jordi Perez bursts with love: for clothes, for burgers (Abby goes on a 'best burger' hunt with a new jock friend) and for Abby’s female colleague, Jordi. Abby loves her body too and is comfortable describing herself as fat, with the essential qualification, 'Being fat isn’t bad. Acting like fat’s an insult is, though.'" —Globe and Mail