The Summer of Jordi Perez – By Amy Spalding


Goodreads Synopsis: 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)?

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I had not heard very much about this book before reading it, but I saw it at my library and knew I had to read it because it looked super cute!

And I was right, The Summer of Jordi Perez is a super cute story featuring gay girls, fashion, fat positive representation and food! From the first chapter I got a really good sense of who the main character was. I really liked Abby a lot because I related to her quiet nature and her struggles with self-love.

I also really liked the other characters in the story. Jordi is really great and I loved all of her interactions with her family. I also really liked that she was a photographer, all of her ideas sounded really cool!

Plot-wise this story is fairly predictable, but not in a bad way. Like I mentioned earlier, this book is mostly focused on the cute factor. It’s a romance and that’s about it. But I really liked the story right up until the end.  Then I really disliked the way that Jordi and Abby break up. I tried  my best to understand Abby’s point of view on what happened, but I just couldn’t and thought she was being completely unfair. And if she overreacted that much about what Jordi did (which was actually the most amazing thing) maybe Jordi was better off dating someone else…

I’m not sure, but it made me really mad and lowered my rating of the book by an entire star. Still I did enjoy reading this story, and I think you all might as well. In the end I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads.

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