I, Abby Ives, am falling in love at seventeen and without any of my apparent flaws fixed. I’m just me, and this is still happening.by Amy Spalding
Title:The Summer of Jordi Perez
Subtitle: And the best burger in Los Ángeles
Author: Amy Spalding
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Length: 284 pages
Rating: 5/5 ★★★★★
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’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’s also unwittingly become friends with Jax, a lacrosse-playing bro-type who wants her help finding the best burger in L.A.; she’s struggling to prove to her mother—the city’s celebrity health nut—that she’s perfectly content with who she is; and she’s desperately trying to remain behind the scenes and off-camera where she feels she belongs, when she hangs out with Jordi, who documents her entire life in photographs.
Though crazy, summer’s been fun, and just as Abby starts to feel like she’s no longer the sidekick in her own life anymore, Jordi’s photography surprisingly puts her in the spotlight for the first time, and it feels more 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?
Rep: Fat lesbian MC, wlw latina love interest
I read this book because it was recommended to me through this fantastic quiz about which summer contemporary you should read next made by Laura @Green Tea and Paperbacks. And let me tell you all something: IT WAS SO RIGHT
I didn’t even know I needed a book like this until I started it. It’s a book about a special summer, where Abby, our fat lesbian protagonist, gets the internship of her dreams in a boutique and also falls in love. It’s that and so much more.
Abby learns to not judge a books by its cover and befriends a Bro who ends up being a great friend, as they try every burger in LA in their quest to find The Best (TM)
It’s also about trying things out of your comfort zone because there’s so much good stuff out there that you don’t know yet. About standing up for yourself and letting others help you when you need a different perspective.
It’s fun and light without being predictable or boring.
It’s just the perfect summer book
and I’m in the middle of winter
First thing firsts: I love her. She is so possitive and invested in fashion and feels so hard. She is quite intense, both her clothing and personality match perfectly: colorful and fun, can’t be ignored. I really liked seeing a fat main chaarcter whose story didn’t center on body disphoria or trying to be thin until she realises she was perfect all along. Her story is about falling in love, navigating her first relationship, and getting one foot in on the world of fashion. Ultimately this book is about Abby being happy and having one amazing summer before she needs to adult in real life. I loved her and her internal monologue was on point.
She is artistic and sweet and has communication issues. It happens. I really liked her, still, because she was passionate and loving. Sure, she fucked up but it was out of love and she tried everything she could to make things right again.
She is a Good Friend. Sure, she wasn’t really supportive of Abby’s relationship at first, but she did think Jordi was a criminal, so I get it, she was just trying to protect her. Everywhere else she was great, hyping her best friend so she’d go to cool parties and flaunt her style, talking to her to try and convince her to post photos… She’s a gem. Sure, she spent a lot of time with her boyfriend but that’s to be expected from a 17 yearold and she still tried to include her friends into her new circles.
He was my favorite character. Typical bro dude who is actually a good guy and cares for his friends. Who saw the fashionable pink-haired fat girl and thought I need her to be my friend and also he said this gem:
“We’re like, friends-in-law,” he says with a grin. “The couple’s two best friends.”
How can anyone not love him??
This poor woman was going through a divorce and invited two young girls to work for her in the summer, is anyone else not surprised she ended up adopting both of them? I loved how she was kind of the “cool aunt” and cared for them in her own way. Sure, her life was a mess and she forgot things easily but she still tried to help whereever she could and to boost Abby and Jordi’s summer experience.
She wasn’t there much but she was a key character on Abby’s development. She wasn’t there in the beginning, when Abby was figuring out how to “adult” and starting a relationship but she was there when things started to fall apart, when Abby needed that bit of normalcy, that comfort from her big sister. She was there for Abby when she needed it, even though she was going through some things herself. I loved her because she is the perfect representation of a big sister.
Rachel was my whole world. It’s weird to realize it’s okay that she isn’t anymore.
I really enjoyed the writing style, it actually felt like reading the mind of a teenager. The author managed expressions and timing perfectly. Nothing felt rushed either, the progression of the plot maintained a good pace all throughout.
The easy way of falling in love, almost like she didn’t realise it. She noticed how hot Jordi was but didn’t notice how hard she was crushing until she was way too deep. It was sweet.
Abby’s issues with coffee were hilarious and I felt like watching a kid. She tries to be “professional” or what she thought was professional and she was adorably bad at it.
The body positivity was amazing. Abby is fat and she doesn’t have a problem with it, however it does affect how she feels about others looking at her. I feel like the journey she went through with the issue of the photos was necessary (although Jordi should have talked to her and they could have done it gradually or something)
Abby’s relationship with her parents was also interesting. Her dad tried to be out of the way but was still trying to help, giving advice when asked and acting as a buffer. Her mother was another thing entirely. You can tell that she loves her daughter but she is also brainwashed by society into thinking skinny=healthy fat=sick, and projected that into Abby. She wanted Abby’s life to be easier but instead of trying to support her daughter she suggested dieting… Thankfully she does try to get better and unlearn all the bullshit we are told is true about women’s bodies.
[Fat]’s not an insult, just a thing. A thing I am.
The fashion love! Not gonna lie, I’m shit at fashion, I love seeing people well dressed and all that but, me? putting more than the minimum amount of effort into clothes? Sadly, not happening. However, as I read this book I could help but wish I knew more about it. Abby sees fashion as a way to control what others see when they look at you, who they think you are. She talks about clothes in a way that make you feel like you can do anything if you have the right outfit. And I loved it
When you’re making your way through the world in a look you feel confident about, everything feels easier.
There wasn’t much
this is a 5 star review after all
At the beginning it made me a bit uncomfortable how Abby talked about falling in love, more specifically about how she talked of not falling in love.
Oh my god, maybe my epic love story is with clothes and fashion and that’s why I’m doomed to never kiss a real person. No, that can’t actually be a thing.
YES you can actually be in love with fashion and not want romantic love. It’s not crazy or impossible. Again, this isn’t some horrible thing but maybe avoid saying how doomed you are if you don’t find romantic love.
(Also at the beginning) It bothered me that she “spaced out” during something as important as meeting her new boss. She was like I didn’t hear anything she just said and my heart was breaking for how irresponsible that was. Though she is a teenager and that happens, it was just uncomfortable. You can show us her thinking process without having her completely dissociate during important times (
I’ve got enough of that in real life and it’s not “quirky”)
cute underwear provides loads of confidence and should never be underestimated regardless of the situation.
If Jordi had wanted to burn down a building, I believe that structure should have rightfully gone down in flames.
True love is justifying arson without needing an explanation
I feel sorry for the soup because it’s come to represent all my current hopes and dreams, and that’s a lot for soup to live up to.
maybe I was in love with how clothes made me feel. I was designing how other people saw me, and that felt powerful.
No one’s only their happy side, even if that’s all we show the world whenever we can help it.
“Abbs, I’m a feminist,” he says. “I’m equally scared of all feelings.”