The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding (275 pages)
Overview: Abbey's summer has a lot of missions. She wants to rock her internship at a local boutique that features plus sized clothes and hopefully turn it into a part time job in the fall, she wants to have an epic summer with her best friend, and she wants to find the best burger in LA with her friend Jax. She never thought that the summer would also include falling for her coworker Jordi who she barely ever noticed at school, but, suddenly, Jordi Perez becomes her summer. Overall: 4.5
Characters: 4 Abbey is awesome. She's confident, bold, cute, and also honest. She runs a plus sized fashion blog and knows her stuff. She also talks a lot about loving her body, but having heard her mom talk about "if only she were skinnier" for so long, she has lingering doubts about if others could see her as beautiful as she is. Abbey's other problem is that she's obsessed with the idea that she's just the sidekick in someone else's movie to the point that she's ignoring how her own life is unfolding. Abbey has to learn that some concepts are only obstacles in her mind, but they're battles that we all fight.
The other characters in this book are so much fun as well. Jordi is an amazing artist and a great girlfriend, Jax is the goofy, fun friend that Abbey needs to balance her out, Maggie at the store makes a great mentor, and her relationship with her parents is so honest. Abbey has to learn how to deal with being on an entirely different wave-link than her mother.
Plot: 4 Spalding just writes a summer of fun. I loved the scenes of Jax and Abbey on the mission to find the best burger. The romance is fulfilling, the ups and downs of the friendships hit perfectly, and the relationship with her parents is developed perfectly. The pacing is on point, and it's so much fun.
Writing: 4 Spalding's writing is so easy to read. I love books that I can just devour in a day. She writes the perfect novel for people looking for a light, fun read that has weight to it as well. There definitely needs to be more of these type of books in YA. I also love how she takes on fashion and how it can be a comfort or it can be a real struggle based on your body and how comfortable you are with yours. This was the perfect read to jump to sunny LA while snow fell outside the window.
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