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

Thanks to Sky Pony Press for the review copy of this title – all opinions are my own.

Review and photo by Kate Olson ~ @theloudlibrarylady on Instagram

The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding
(Sky Pony Press ~ April 3, 2018)

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 and learning to let the world see who you really are. I adored the fashion/store/internship aspect and the social media storyline was spot on.

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I am struggling to find the words to say how exactly how much I love this book, but maybe it would help to tell you that THIS was the book I needed 20 years ago when I was 17. A book that told me it was okay to love my body just the way it was and that the future is SO bright. A book about a HAPPY fat girl who dressed in her own distinctive style simply because it made her feel the most comfortable with who she is. A girl who ATE FOOD and LIKED IT. A girl whose friends never once cut her down, and a girl who never once in the whole book tried losing weight.

As a librarian, I am in love with the romantic relationship because the girls aren’t coming out and there is absolutely no drama about their sexual status. They are just both girls who love girls and everyone in the book is totally fine with it. Well, except one person, but she’s just clueless and comes around!

This book is a required purchase for every library serving teens and highly recommended for any reader on earth.

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