Title: The Summer of Jordi Perez (And The Best Burger in Los Angeles)
Author: Amy Spalding
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: April 3, 2018
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 has stayed focused on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a prized internship at her favorite local boutique, she’s thrilled to take her first step into her dream career. She doesn’t expect to fall for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. Abby knows it’s a big no-no to fall for a colleague. She also knows that Jordi documents her whole life in photographs, while Abby would prefer to stay behind the scenes.
Then again, nothing is going as expected this summer. She’s competing against the girl she’s kissing to win a paid job at the boutique. She’s somehow managed to befriend Jax, a lacrosse-playing bro type who needs help in a project that involves eating burgers across L.A.’s eastside. Suddenly, she doesn’t feel like a sidekick. Is it possible Abby’s finally in her own story?
But when Jordi’s photography puts Abby in the spotlight, it feels like a betrayal, rather than a starring role. Can Abby find a way to reconcile her positive yet private sense of self with the image that other people have of her?
Is this just Abby’s summer of fashion? Or will it truly be The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)?
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!
My Favourite Burger:
My favourite burger is from The Works in Toronto. They have many different combinations of toppings to choose from. I like the one called Malibu Meltdown on a turkey burger. It has brie, havarti, and gouda, an onion ring and Beech house sauce (which is kind of like a ranch/mayo). It is AMAZING! Now I’m hungry just thinking about it…
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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