Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: April 3, 2018
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5
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)?
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.
- It has REPRESENTATION; Abby is a lesbian, she is fat and she is also a fashion blogger!!!!! I mean, just the premise of this set me on fire and the execution obliterated me. I’m ashes.
“So how’d you know you were gay?””How’d you know you weren’t? It was probably the same way.”
- It has the CUTEST ROMANCE OH MY GOD. Abby and Jordi are the purest, sweetest, most amazing and adorable couple ever. I love them and I love their story and they are the definition of soft.
I really liked the fact that the book discussed fatphobia in a very nice and responsible way, at least in my opinion. It is all about body positivity, and feeling confident in your body as well as yourself. On top of that Abby is a fashion blogger, and fashion is stereotypically an industry all about beauty standards and what not. So I liked that Abby, who stereotypically would be considered an “outsider” was so involved and so good at what she does.
“Being fat isn’t bad. Acting like fat’s an insult is, though.”
General Thoughts: The Summer of Jordi Perez is an adorable, heart warming, incredibly queer and fashion obsessed YA contemporary novel. It also involves burgers, just saying. I hiiighly recommend this book to EVERYONE.
I received this e-ARC via Edelweiss for review. All opinions are my own.