The Summer of Jordi Perez was everything you can ask from for a summer-y read. Romance, friendship, identity and just a little bit of food-fun, Jordi Perez was truly a package. Also Jordi Perez is the name of the love interest and she was delightful as well.
I always complain about this because I am a whiny baby but it is SO HARD to express feelings in a review for a book you really really enjoyed and Jordi Perez is SUCH A FUN READ. I’ve had a really rough month and a half and have read almost no books this month but Jordi Perez cheered me up when I needed it.
Summer is not going how Abby Ives had thought it would. It’s the summer before senior year and all Abby wants us to ace this internship and get the job in the fall so she can have it on her resume for college applications. Unfortunately, it turns out, she is going to have to share the internship this summer with Jordi Perez. And not only that, Abby is also going to have to share her best friend with her boyfriend because it turns out, they mostly only hang out together now.
I make it sound like this is the summer Abby learns to share things but THAT WASN’T THE POINT. The point is that Abby had a plan for the summer and things aren’t going according to that plan. Luckily, that isn’t entirely a bad thing because it forces Abby a little outside of her comfort zone. Over the summer, she makes new friends, meets the girl of her dreams and confronts some internalized stuff.
SO, ALL IN ALL, it is a pretty productive summer for Abby Ives. Plus she gets to eat her way through LA and decide on the best burger on town.
The Summer of Jordi Perez is sure to win over your heart and make you swoon a little. It is the summer read everyone needs to have on their TBRs and the summer read that should probably be turned into a movie. Basically, 10/10 would recommend.
Rashika’s Favorite Burger Place
I am vegetarian. This usually means that when I go to eat, I avoid burger places because they all have one vegetarian option and its usually something mushroom-y which isn’t my vibe. During BEA 2016 though, I discovered the best burger I would ever eat. I unfortunately do not have pictures of my meal because I gobbled it up, but… the internet has pictures.
The Falafel Burger at Umami Burger is the best I’ve ever had and probably the best I ever will. I’ve eaten my fair share of veggie burgers and nothing will ever live up to this. I will probably be craving a bite on my death bed.
About the Book
I received this book for free from Thomas Allen & Son in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding
Published by Sky Pony Press on April 3rd, 2018
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, YA
Source: Thomas Allen & Son
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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?
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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I cannot freaking wait to read this book! So refreshing!
Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight
Remember that time that every blogger in a 100 mile radius ate at Umami Burger because Rashika told us to? I do. The only thing that would have made it better is actual Rashika.
I took part of this blog tour too and I’m so happy to read that you’re vegetarian! I’m vegan! I’m not sure where you’re blogging from but I suggest an amazing (HUGE) vegan burger. I’m a big foodie and love discovering new vegan places. Anyway, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the book too!