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The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

Review

The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

THE SUMMER OF JORDI PEREZ by Amy Spalding was absolutely everything I needed in a book right now. It fits the perfect definition of “fun, summery read.” I felt happy pretty much the entire time I was reading this book because it is such a fun, fluffy story guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

The writing is very simplistic, which I think actually adds to the overall effect of a light fun book. In addition to simple writing style, the book is also quite short so if you’re in the need of a book that will be fun to fly through, this book is perfect for you.

"I would recommend THE SUMMER OF JORDI PEREZ to people looking for a fun, summery read, and also to people looking for a cute romance."

Abby is an awesome main character. She loves to write her fashion blog, which felt really cool to see in a main character because I also love to write my blog (book blog, not fashion, but hey, a blogger in a YA book!). It’s nice when main characters have hobbies or passions other than being a book lover, because while it’s likely that someone reading a book is a book lover, we also have so many other aspects about ourselves that we would like to see in characters we can relate to. Which brings me to Jordi, who is also an awesome character. Her passion is photography, and it’s so sweet to see Abby and Jordi supporting each other’s talents and dreams.

I truly found this romance to be “swoon-worthy.” From the way Abby and Jordi met to their budding romance, it all felt believable and adorable at the same time. They felt like they truly connected and had chemistry with each other while also being different and their own separate people. I also feel that both Abby and Jordi go through very well done character development even in such a short novel.

While most of the book is incredibly happy and light, there are a few difficult parts. They involve Abby’s mom, as she says a few things offensive to both Abby’s weight and sexuality. Abby’s mom goes through character development as well but the reason the things she says hurt so much is because people in real life act that way too, being subtly homophobic while convincing themselves that they’re “accepting.”

Finally, I loved the “best burger in Los Angeles” subplot. Abby and Jax’s friendship seemed unconventional at first, but as the book progressed it seemed like a perfect pairing. Their quest to find the best burger was a fun mini-adventure to read on the side of the main plot.

Overall, I would recommend THE SUMMER OF JORDI PEREZ to people looking for a fun, summery read, and also to people looking for a cute romance. This book completely melted my heart and I loved it.

Reviewed by Jessi H., Teen Board Member on April 26, 2018

The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)
by Amy Spalding