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The Summer of Jordi Pérez (And the Best Burger in Los Ángeles)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  3,688 ratings  ·  906 reviews
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 b ...more
Hardcover, 284 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Sky Pony Press
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
This is honestly all I’ve ever wanted in a f/f romance, I feel so fulfilled and happy and overwhelmed right now.

Update 5/21/18

I feel like every year I spend as a reader and a reviewer for queer books, I am constantly hearing the desperate call for f/f rom coms. Personally, as a lady who happens to love ladies, I am also one of those people seeking out stories like this. I want simple stories about girls falling in love, with all the shenanigans and cuteness t
Cristina Monica
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
*happy dance*

This is definitely a feel-good book. While there is serious conflict towards the end, it remains a story full of good humour, positive romance and blossoming friendships. Side bar: I recommend only reading the first two paragraphs of the blurb seeing that the third contains spoilers. I’m shocked this was overlooked.

Abby is a funny, fat and pink-haired gay girl who loves fashion so much she landed an internship at her favourite store. She has never been with a girl before so she has
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was cute, but waaay too angsty for me. I’m bummed because I wanted a great new novel to obsess over about a girl who is a lesbian (yaaaas) and fat (YAAAASSSSS) but I couldn’t get over how childish everyone was acting. It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever read, but I definitely think I went in with my expectations too high. Womp 😞
Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword
2.5 “Too youngish for me” Stars
“I’ve just realized that I’m probably doomed at love. Because I’m pretty sure I’m not the heroine. I don’t even think I’m in my own story.”


I picked this up with very high expectations. The story had so many elements that I had been wanting in my books for so long. Abby is a fat, lesbian, fashionable and our main character. She enters to do a summer internship a clothing boutique and falls in love with her classmate Jordi Perez, who i
mindful.librarian ☀️
Thanks to the publisher for the review copy of this title!

PEOPLE. This book is YA absolute perfection. PERFECTION. I am ALWAYS up for a whip-smart romantic comedy, but this one blew that description out of the park. It is about a queer, body positive, social media savvy teen (Abby) in her very first relationship, but it's also about so much more. It's about friendship and business and family dynamics and standing up to the pressure of parents. It's about loving carbs and walks, and about love an
Fafa's Book Corner
Mini review:


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
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review

Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders

CW: Fatphobia (challenged), multi-gendered attraction erasure in the narrative

If you’ve seen my most anticipated releases of 2018 post then you saw that this book was one of them, it just sounded so cute and fluffy and like a very fast read, plus it has fat rep AND and f/f romance. So it’s only normal that I went RUNNING to Edelweiss when i heard that it
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you like Becky Albertalli's books, you need to read The Summer of Jordi Perez. It's the same kind of happy queer book, with a similar sense of humor and characters who are just as charmingly messy and trying to figure things out, but in my opinion it's even better, as it's ownvoices and isn't obsessed with pop culture references.

My pre-review of this book was "help I can't stop smiling my face is stuck", and it is true - every time I think of this book, especially of certain scenes, I smile.
Jasmine Guillory
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is fun, heartwarming, warm, and super fashionable. And it will make you crave burgers! It is the perfect book if you need to put a smile on your face.
Ann Elise Monte
Twitter is screaming about this book, so when I saw that it was on Edelweiss, I immediately got over my total confusion with how the damn website works to snap it up.

Just kidding. I still don't understand Edelweiss. I just made it bend to my will long enough to grab this.

See this review on my blog.

Details at a glance:

Genre: YA Contemporary

Format: e-ARC

Pairings: F/F

Sexual content: None

Rep: Fat lesbian MC, Mexican-American LI black supporting character

Ownvoices: Yes for fat rep, unknown for queer
This book was so CUTE! It wasn't super memorable, and it wasn't super unique, but it was hella fun, and the romance was adorable!

Short List of Thoughts:

- Abby was great! She didn't exactly stand out to me, but I liked her. She felt real. She had passions and hobbies and insecurities. She liked fashion and had bright pink hair and spent her spare time on social media (relatable haha). She was a compelling MC and I was rooting for her.

- Jordi was awesome! From the very first time she came in
This is a very cute but sometimes boring story with a strong distinct character voice. It's mostly a lesbian romance but also a coming of age (although refreshingly NOT a coming out). The best parts are the protagonist Abby dealing with fatphobia, internalized and from her mom. But I wasn't satisfied with the resolution of that thread or of the other plotlines, which didn't have enough narrative tension to begin with or ended anti-climactically.

But cute baby dykes! And a fat teen lesbian!
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a cute, sweet, light f/f YA romance, and I 100% valued it for that. It was the perfect companion for a night when I was too sick to sleep, and I in no way intend that as criticism. It’s the kind of light lesbian teen romance I would have loved to read as a teen, and that I’m still delighted to find now. I mean, for this to be my ideal book, it would need to have, say, dragons in it also, but this is still pretty great. And it’s so FLUFFY, which is exactly what I want from f/f. I’ve done ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
2 generous stars

I really wanted to love this. It had awesome elements- a fat fashionista lesbian who is interning at her favorite boutique & ends up falling in love with the other intern & classmate Jordi. While our MC Abby is the store blogger, Jordi is the photographer & her rival. The beginning was rocky but still enjoyable, so I set aside my doubts. But in the end this just wasn't the book for me. Abby is 17, yet her inner dialogue sounds very immature & honestly a bit unrealistic at times.
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Well, this was exactly the adorable f/f summer romance I needed to read! The Summer of Jordi Perez follows our protagonist, Abby, during the summer before her senior year of high school as she works to balance her internship at her favorite fashion designer, new and old friendships, and falling in love for the first t
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Halfway through reading this I texted Sonni like, "I think this book was written specifically for me." Fat lead? Gay romance? Jock bro BFF? Seriously, this was wonderful.

I really related to Abby's struggles to accept herself and to understand the way other people feel about her. In that vein, this book comes with a content warning for body issues. Abby's relationship with her mother was particularly fraught in the way that relationships with moms and teenage girls can be. I liked that even thoug
Jen (Pop! Goes The Reader)
The Summer Of Jordi Perez is, without a doubt, one of my favourite books written for this or any other age group or genre. I was lucky enough to first read an early draft of this novel in June 2015 and I've lost track of how many times I've re-read it since. Diverse, inclusive, empowering, body positive and all around wonderful, I have no words to describe how deeply I love this novel.

(Full review to come closer to publication.)
totally adorable!!! absolutely lived up to all the hype i created for myself (i'm just crazy about that title)! i had to force myself to read it more slowly so i could savor it. super cute, SUPER gay, super fun! fashion + food + friends!!
maegan ✷
You may also find this review on my blog here.

I received an e-ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

If we’re all standing out, aren’t we all just…blending in?

FIRST OF ALL. It made me incredibly anxious to know that I’ve still got a pending e-ARC (an ARC whose book is already out, no less!), so here’s my official “I’m sorry” to Edelweiss and the publisher for only reviewing this now. Please don’t hate me, ILY guys.

Second of all, The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger
Simant ♥ Flipping Through the Pages
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA contemporary fan

This was a feel-good book by all means. It was cute and healthy. Healthy in terms that I have read a happy book like this, after so much time, in which there is no big problem as such. When I first saw the cover of the book, I knew that I would love this book. Isn’t the cover makes you more hungry? And the girl with pink hairs? It definitely is a feel-good cover 🙂

Abby is a blogger in this story. How cool is that? She runs a fashion blog called +size reco
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dnf @ 39%

Yikes. I honestly thought this would be a new favourite read for me, but a lot of the discussions in this made me feel invalidated and unappreciated as someone who experiences attraction to multiple genders. The main character, Abby, has the "you can either be gay or straight" mentality and constantly suggests that the girl she likes "can't possibly like girls" because she's dating a boy. It's brought up so many times throughout the novel that I couldn't ignore it anymore. In addition,
Sophie Brookover
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
What a sweet, substantive delight! As an LA-loving East Coaster, I reveled in the details about Abby’s connections to her neighborhood. Her somewhat fraught bestfriendship with Maliah was very well-drawn and the unexpected breeziness & closeness of her new friendship with Jax was so nice to see on the page. A dude! Being a solid bro for a woman! I bestow upon Jax the CK Dexter Haven Award for Unexpected Depth. And the romance itself! A flirty, uncertain, lightly lusty series of firsts, including ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an ambitious YA romance that takes on a lot and pulls a lot of it off. I don't think it manages it's central theme very well, though, and that's too bad. But the rest mostly works and some of it is outstanding.

The best part of this is the friendships. Abby's girlfriends are awesome, and layered, but the real stand-out is her newly-established friend-in-law thing with Jax. I loved his pursuit of her friendship and I particularly liked that there was nothing romantic or sexual about it. An
Kayla Cagan
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the most joyful, laugh out loud novels I've read in a long time. The story is smooth without feeling contrived, romantic without being sappy, and has a pitch-perfect pace without feeling rushed. I loved each of the characters, who were fully realized and developed. And honestly, one of my favorite characters was the one I suspected I would like the least - Jax. But he surprised and delighted me when he could have been another stereotype. Read it and you'll see. :) I won't drop spoilers he ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Ah, first love! I felt so lucky to be able to accompany Abby on her path to romance, because it was one adorable and fun trip.

Abby was a really interesting and vibrant character. She was quite charming, and had this magnetic persona. However, because of her mother, her lack of a love life, and the general distaste directed towards "bigger" girls, Abby was unable to recognize how wonderful she was, even when everyone was telling her so.

Abby's world was pretty fun to be in too. The whole fashion b
Lea (drumsofautumn)
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The Summer of Jordi Perez was just absolutely adorable and such an enjoyable, quick read.

First I definitely wanna mention the representation. Abby, the main character, is fat and gay. I though both of these things were represented fantastically.
There's a great mix of Abby being super body positive but at the same time still struggling with general confidence and how other people judge her. There's some fatphobia coming from her mum but it definitely gets challenged. In genera
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in LA) is another fun story from Amy Spalding full of all the wit and charm that I love about her work. This is the story of Abby a pink haired, fashion obsessed, plus size, lesbian on her journey to becoming the hero of her own story. This is a huge summer for Abby. She has an internship at her favorite store which is perfect for her because she loves fashion. She also meets Jordi Perez and gets an almost immediate crush on her. Things are looking ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it

You can find this and many more reviews on my blog Marianna's Corner!


Where do I begin??? I LOVED The Summer of Jordi Perez. It has everything I like in a YA Contemporary:

-It is SO heart warming. I felt like butterflies were running wild in my stomach throughout the book.
-It has amazing friendships. I loved Abby’s relationship with both her girlfriends and with Jax. I honestly never see female/male FRIENDSHIPS portrayed at all, let alone portrayed so good.
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“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
Trigger warnings: fatphobia (challenged), homophobia (challenged).

Really, this is more of a 3 or a 3.5 star book, but it was so stinking cute that I bumped it up. I loved the fact that it's not a "queer girl gets crush and then spends hundreds of pages trying to work out if her crush likes girls or not" story where they get together right at the end. I liked the friendship between Abby and Jax and their burger quest, because there definitely need to be more platonic male/female friendships in fi
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Amy Spalding grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles. She has a B.A. in Advertising & 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 wri

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