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

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The Summer of Jordi Perez is a lighthearted book about Abby, a queer girl who falls in love for the first time. Meanwhile, she navigates friend drama and finds the best burger in Los Angeles. If you love books about romance and accepting who you are, you'll enjoy this book.

— Annie P., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board member

Today I finished The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles). First, I have to say, I LOVED this book. I absolutely adored Abby, who was such a complete character, with a perfect amount of insecurities and worries. Even though we don’t have a whole lot in common (I cannot put a cute outfit together to save my life), I could really identify with her as a queer girl. Because there are almost NO books about queer girls, reading this one felt so, so, so good. I loved all of the relationships in the book, and thought that there was a really good balance between romance and other things. I thought that Abby’s relationship with her mom was really well written and well developed. It also offered a touch of humor in the form of Jax and the search for LA’s best burger. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes cute romance, books with LGBTQ characters, or just wants a fun happy read. 

— Nava K., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board member


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781510727663
ISBN-10: 1510727663
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Pages: 284
Language: English