THE SUMMER OF JORDI PEREZ (AND THE BEST BURGER IN LOS ANGELES) by Amy Spalding
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THE SUMMER OF JORDI PEREZ (AND THE BEST BURGER IN LOS ANGELES)

Age Range: 14 - 17
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Working at her favorite boutique and falling in love, a girl enjoys a lush Los Angeles summer—until things become complicated.

Pink-haired Abby Ives, age 17, has landed an internship at Lemonberry, a small store that includes plus-sizes in its snazzy, creative clothing designs. Abby runs her own plus-size fashion blog and is serious about a career in the industry, but her personal life is in less good shape: She’s never kissed a girl and worries she never will. Along comes Jordi Perez, photographer and unexpected co-intern at Lemonberry, who falls hard for Abby’s adorably awkward, chatty, gorgeous self. Their blissfully heady romance is a balm to Abby’s insecurities about being fat. Her mom, a food blogger who substitutes mashed cauliflower for hamburger buns and nutritional yeast for cheese, believes she needs to lose weight if she wants to lead a happy life and be pretty—but Abby has already achieved both. Yet issues of privacy and consent (photographic, not sexual) threaten this love story. Title notwithstanding, a subplot involving a food app and a hamburger quest offers little to chew on, but fans of colorful fashion and romance will be well-satisfied. Abby is white; Jordi is Mexican-American.

Funny, full of heart, and refreshingly free of a weight-loss arc. (Fiction. 14-17)

Pub Date: April 3rd, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-51072-766-3
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2018




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