The Summer of Jordi Perez - Amy Spalding | Book Review & Giveaway

Pages: 284
Publication: Sky Pony Press (available in Canada through Thomas Allen & Son)
Release date: April 3, 2018
How I got the copy: Thomas Allen & Son
Rating: 3/5

The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the best burger in Los Angeles) right from the start is cute! The vibe is cute, it's easy to read and the story's intriguing with quite likable characters. It follows seventeen year-old fashion-obsessed, fat and gay, Abby Ives. We follow Abby's summer with a part-time internship at her favourite local boutique and as she lands her first girlfriend.

As cute as this book is I have some issues with it. I found the book lacked balance from Abby's friendships, relationship, family, internship, to even the best burger aspect. I was left wanting more information about all of these things. While Abby focuses on her girlfriend we lose all eyes, information, exsistance from her friends and the best burger. When Abby focuses on the burgers with her new friend Jax we lose all aspects from her other friends and girlfriend, etc. I honestly don't even think there was enough burgers in the entire book for "(and the best burger in Los Angeles)" to be included in the title.

I also didn't feel there was much character development. Abby doesn't really change throughout the book. For the most part, Abby is the same but with more insight about what she needs to work on, which she already had in mind at the beginning of the book anyway. I cheered for Abby and as fun, loud and extroverted as she is I don't really understand the entire deilmma that she faces and why she refuses to include personal pictures on her blog. It seems the entire opposite of what someone would do with a semi successful blog? A really successful blog? I'm not sure, it's not really mentioned how popular Abby's blog is. It can be a career, which Abby knows because of her mother but she's still holding back and I think her being insecure is just convienent for her character. I know everyone is insecure but she could have been such a kick-ass character with all the confidence and have the internship she wanted and landed the girl but still feel like her best friends sidekick instead.

I know I'm going on and on about everything that I had issues with but I swear it's still a cute book.

I really enjoyed all the non-traditional careers incorporated. It's a great representation of new types of career paths, there are so many within this book, there are bloggers, aspiring photographer, app developer, and designer. I love Abby's relationship with her father. He's very supportive about her choices, about who she is and shows her he's there for her when she might need him and he's sort of like a buffer between the family to keep the peace.

I also enjoyed reading about Abby who's not the stereotypical lesbian. She's fashionable, loves dresses, patterns and colours and along with the queer relationship thats sole conflict was not coming out to the family. We have two characters who are in high school and out to their familys who, for the most part, are all supportive. And there's a Mexican character/family!

I think this is a cute book but it lacks substance. If you want a cute, fluffy book about a colourful, fun and loud queer girl going through her first job and relationship I say pick this up.

*A copy of this book was provided to me by Thomas Allen & Son in exchange for an honest review*

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?

My favourite burger:

My current favourite burger in Toronto is Doomies! Doomies is a vegan restaurant that serves comfort food staples, beers, wines and cocktails. There are amazingly delicious options at Doomies but the one dish I can't pass ordering no matter how many times I go is the vegan Big Mac. Honestly, from what I can remember it tastes pretty spot on to the murderous real thing and the best part is that everything at Doomies is made with no animals harmed in the making. Okay. Okay. The vibe at Doomies is super chill but it's a pretty small space. It tends to get busy during peak hours like after work and weekends... so pretty much always. Anyway, I love Doomie's Big Mac burger (as many others) and I think everyone should try it, vegan or not. The vegan Big Mac is large! You'll definetly leave satisfied.

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1. 1 hardcover copy of The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding
2. 1 pack of FujiFilm Instax Mini Film
3. 1 $5 gift card for Five Guys (Canada)

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About Amy Spalding: 
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.


  1. Aww, I am sad you didn't enjoy this book as much as I did but I am glad you liked it overall! I do agree that we definitely needed more burgers included in the book. Honestly, I wouldn't have minded a recipe here or there, HA!

    Also, holy shit, that Vegan Big Mac looks ginormous and I want it in my belly right this very second. Out of curiosity, is their burger based on substitutes or beans/vegetable?

    Thanks for sharing, Alexa!!! :)

    1. That's so true! A recipe of Amy's fav food would have been great. There was so much talk about food in the book though... just not really burgers.

      Isn't it!!! It's so good, I always crave it. I'm pretty sure it's based on substitutes. It's not a patty with mashed beans and veggies if that's what you're wondering. It's amazing, if you get a chance I definitely recommend trying it. Doomies also has a HUGE chimichanga that I want to try but I never want to stray from this burger LOL!


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