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Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)
Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) | Amy Spalding
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 LA; 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?
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Fun romance that has more going on than the characters sexuality. It took a minute to get going, but then I really got into it. #booked2020 #setinhollywood also for #bbrc- counting for #snowedin #yeahbaby because even though I *could* go out today, I really didn‘t want too - too cold!! Also #readmyowndamnbooks

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! 📚♥️👊🏻 1mo
Cinfhen Yay!!!! So, where‘s the best burger??? 1mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @Cinfhen read and find out! 🤣🤪😂 1mo
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BookishGirl06
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#rainbow #colormepretty rainbow for pride and it even has a rainbow spine

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JadeS
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It took a good few chapters for me to really get hooked on this one, but what really did it was the characters. The gay stars of the novel are gay, but they each have important things about them and are more than just their sexualities. A sweet romantic story whose shining stars are the well-developed characters you cannot help but fall in love with.

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BookishGirl06
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I just finished this and it was so cute. ❤️. I loved the romance so much. Very light and fluffy and a pretty good pick if you‘re looking for something fun for pride 🌈 month to read.

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BookishGirl06
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Um ofc boys have feelings too 🤣. Maybe they hide it better than girls do, but they‘re humans too. Not all men are heartless bastards XD

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jamie_in_the_library
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I was a little worried with all the hype, but this was a definite winner for me. As someone who was put on their first diet as an 11 year old I could definitely relate to the skewed self-image, but also my little gay heart was just full of love for Abby and Jordi.

Plus it really made me interested in examining my own personal style.

#pride #pridemonth #gayaf #queer

MrBook Nice review! 😻😻😻 8mo
jamie_in_the_library @MrBook Thanks! 🌈❤️ 8mo
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BookishGirl06
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1. The summer of Jordi Perez (and the best burger in Los Angeles)
2. I was born for this by Alice oseman
3. No plans except going to work
#weekendreads

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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So cute! 17-year-old Abby is doing a summer fashion internship with the hopes of landing a job in the fall, but things get a bit complicated when she starts crushing on fellow intern Jordi. Recommended this to a coworker who loves#LGBTQ #YA and she started the audiobook at work; ended up racing her to the finish so this review is two #picks in one!

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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I feel like I'm breaking some sort of rule drinking and reading #YA at the same time 😸
#bookandbubbles

vumblereads 😂 nobody would‘ve known, it looks like lemonade to me 10mo
WhatWouldJaneDo @vumblereads it's pineapple/apple hard cider lol. My mom was a real hawkeye so even if it does look like lemonade I never would've gotten away with this in highschool! 10mo
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writerlibrarian
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I went with the #closetome literally. This cover is quite a close up still quite lovely. #anglophileapril
@Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi

Reviewsbylola I like that, great choice! 11mo
Mdargusch Nice cover too! 11mo
emilyhaldi Love all of the different takes on this prompt 🤗 11mo
Cinfhen And I noticed “best burgers in LA” 🍔🍟😋 11mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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This is a very cute but sometimes boring story with a strong distinct character voice. It's mostly a lesbian romance but also a coming of age (although refreshingly NOT a coming out). The best parts are the protagonist Abby dealing with fatphobia, internalized and from her mom. But I wasn't satisfied with the resolution of that thread or of the other plotlines, which didn't have enough narrative tension to begin with or ended anti-climactically.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian But cute baby dykes?! And a fat teen lesbian!#QueerBooks #YA #LGBTQBooks #GayYA 12mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Girl, her summer outfit is a white tank top and green army cargo shorts! Of course she's a baby dyke like you! #QueerBooks #GayYA #LGBTQBooks

jamie_in_the_library Omg I am cackling over here 😂😂😂 so true..... 8mo
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nikirtehsuxlol
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The book started off promising, but I found the main conflict to be something hard to care about bc it‘s just a high schooler kind of overreacting about something. But it‘s not bad! You got a plus-size lesbian main character so that‘s fun.

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nikirtehsuxlol
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I‘m really loving this narrator! I had given up on YA bc I read a lot of duds, but I‘ve recently picked up some quality reads! #audiobook #youngadult #lgbqt

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Anita
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So. Good.

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AbigailM2187
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"I like how I look, usually, but people—especially people on the internet—can be so mean when you‘re fat. As if fat makes you stupid or dirty or irresponsible. As if fat makes you anything other than … fat."
Why is this book so relatable??? ?❤️

Stephanie.Severing You‘re beautiful! :) 14mo
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Bkwrm7
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Here's what I used all those hoopla credits for earlier this week. I have one more day of work - it's a biggie - the STEAM Fair I've been working on for months at my Library is finally happening! Then it's time for a week of vacation. I've already read Black Sheep (which was a reread anyway, but I needed a comfort read) and just started Here to Stay. Any recs on what I should pick after that?

gradcat Just a guess...”Murder Trending?” (edited) 1y
rachelsbrittain I loved Here to Stay and The Summer of Jordi Perez! 1y
Kelly Hey I'm on vacation next week too. Coffee date? Trip to a bookstore somewhere? 1y
Bkwrm7 @kelly That sounds delightful, but we're going to Florida so unless that is where you are also vacationing I will have to take a raincheck. If you have time when I get back though let's pick another time! 1y
Kelly Tragically I am not 😂. But for sure let's plan when you get back! Enjoy your trip. 1y
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Eme

“It‘s strange how in just a couple months, one person can become so much of your world. Which means when your world‘s been expanded, when that person‘s gone, it feels like mass extinction.”

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Kaylamburson
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I learned about this book from this week‘s Book Riot podcast with @Liberty and I immediately downloaded it from the library.

This is an adorable LGBTQ romance. I liked that there was a strong theme of friendship. It was a nice change that a male and female could be just friends without it turning into a romance. There was also a theme of accepting yourself and your family just how they are.

An easy summer read as summer comes to a close.

corycatelyn I can't wait to read this...its up next 🤗 1y
Kaylamburson I hope you love it! Cute and made me laugh out loud a few times. @corycatelyn 1y
corycatelyn My favorite kind of books...my family thinks I'm crazy 😂 1y
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Kaylamburson When you‘re chuckling into a book? Haha. I do it all the time. People on the subway always think I‘m crazy haha. @corycatelyn 1y
corycatelyn Lol that would be interesting...I'm sure the fellow book lovers on the train get it 😊 1y
Kaylamburson Haha for sure! Love the fellow book lovers! @corycatelyn 1y
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bibliocurl
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🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🍔🍔🍔❤️

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Mem_ugh
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Abby Ives is a fashion obsessed blogger who scores her dream internship at an incredible clothing store, unbeknownst to her she‘ll be sharing the coveted position with Jordi Perez, an amazing photographer.

So cute, couldn‘t put it down! All the stars ⭐️ #24in48 I won‘t make it the full 24 but if I can hit 20 I‘ll be happy.

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indubitablyzara
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#24in48 is starting in a few hours, and I can't wait! I have plenty of library books to keep me going, and some e-books checked out as well....plus some books I own and haven't read yet. And some I'm in the middle of, etc. etc. 😜 I don't find a formal TBR that helpful, but I like to have lots of options!

Sace I can't wait either! 2y
2BR02B I really want to do a formal TBR because I deeply enjoy checking items off lists, but I'm way too much of a mood reader. Instead I just have a long list of reading ideas. 2y
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Librariana
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#TFW your library decides to purchase materials you originally requested as interlibrary loans and add them to the collection! Yaaaassss, yes, yes!! 😊👍💜📚

#diversereads #ownvoices #poetry #queerya #weneeddiversebooks

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Rudis
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What a cute novel! I loved it; the romance, the friendship, and the fashion. It was a perfect summery read.

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Broke_Girl_Reads
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🍔 fun and fluffy summer read
🍔 Adorable f/f romance
🍔 MC also develops a sweet new friendship
🍔 Focus on self love/body positivity

If I have one nit to pick, it‘s that Jordi and Abby seem completely disconnected from any larger queer community. I find that a little harder to believe in the age of the internet, but I‘m sure it‘s true for many high schoolers. #queerbooks

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KatyAliceReads
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Of course I‘m not actually reading outside... it‘s a thousand degrees out there (97 degrees but at that point who‘s really counting). But I I AM reading these books while sitting in my house drinking peppermint lemonade and listening to nature sounds...

ephemeralwaltz 😍😍 2y
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pocketmermaid
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This adorable, fun YA lesbian rom-com is your perfect summer read AND it‘s a kindle daily deal! Snap it up now for $1.99! ❤️🌈 #kindledailydeal #kindledeals #kindlereads #ebookdeal #lgbtreads #queerreads #YAbooks #yareviews #lesbianreads #summerreading

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writerlibrarian
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This is a really adorable, cute and rainbow colored soap bubble on a sunny summer's day. There is some angst, this is YA after all, both Abby and Jordi grow up all the while falling in love for the first time. I liked the techno, geek, art, fashion angles, kudos to the power of a 1000 to the competence and smart of all characters: Abby, Jordi, the friends, siblings and parents. This hit my competence button so hard. #ya #lgbt

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bloodychamber
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So far this is adorable!

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writerlibrarian
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Abby's heart definitely went boom when she saw Jordi standing there. A very good summer, first love, YA novel.
Another of my precious Beatles vinyl. This one was a gift from my uncle, I was 12 at most. My love of Beatles' 🎶 is long standing.
#heyjune
@Cinfhen @GypsyKat

Cinfhen Your vinyls are amazing 💕 2y
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writerlibrarian
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Intense work week supervising reno project at one of the libraries. 6 am on the job with the contractors. I'll eventually catch up on the two missed days of #heyjune

New book, light but smart YA summer book. So far really good. #ya #lgbtfiction
Abby is a blogger, close enough to a paperback writer 😁 paired with a stylish pic of George.
@Cinfhen @GypsyKat

Cinfhen Very stylish 😍 2y
Broke_Girl_Reads I just started this one last night! Totally hitting the spot for a light summer read 2y
rubyslippersreads George! ❤️ 2y
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Shadowfat
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This book was only $1.99 for the kindle today. I hadn't heard of it before but the bright colors and plot summary drew me in 😀

Victoriahoperose I did the same thing. Same reason. And the ratings were good! I hope it‘s as good as it looks! 2y
Shadowfat Same here @Victoriahoperose , I think it'll at least be a good summer read! 2y
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abbylibrarian
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Kicking off Summer with a great summer book! #yalit #glbt #summerreading

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WanderingBookaneer
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Mehso-so

Cute, if a bit vapid. I was not a fan of the narrator. ⭐️⭐️

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AshleyKorinE
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This is the best book right now. Abby is fat and struggles with that but she loves fashion and she has friends that support her. She‘s a lesbian who feels like she‘ll never fall in love but meets Jordi. This is such a high school rom com that John Hughes couldn‘t do any better. I love all the relationships, I love how real the feelings were written, I love how imperfect everybody was, and I love the ending. This book just made me so happy.

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rachelsbrittain
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Some January favorites 📚❤

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rachelsbrittain
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This was such a cute YA love story with fashion, burgers, body-positivity, and girls falling in love with girls! If you enjoyed The Upside of Unrequited this is definitely going to be one for you.

Full review: rachelbrittain.com/book-review-the-summer-of-jordi-perez/

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rachelsbrittain
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Finally got signed up on edel (which, side note, is not as intuitive as I would've hoped) because obviously I need more advanced review copies in my life. The Summer of Jordi Perez is my first edel arc, and it's looking to be a really cute, fat-positive, queer girl romance so obviously I'm here for that!

(My sister's response to my excitement about getting more arcs was basically "Yeah, because you really need more books" but I DO ?)

LauraBeth Of course you DO! We understand! 😀 2y
rachelsbrittain @LauraBeth one of the best things about litsy is that everyone here has a book problem so there's no judgement 😂 2y
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