BookDragon Books for the Diverse Reader

The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding [in Library Journal]

Without glossing over more difficult subjects – fat shaming, homophobia, parental (non)acceptance, matters of consent – Amy Spalding’s (The New Guy [and Other Senior Distractions]) latest is a charming contemporary love story, complete with blogs, social media, rating apps, and more.

For the summer before senior year, pink-haired, vivacious 17-year-old Abby gets her dream internship working at Lemonberry, that rare clothing boutique that caters to all sizes. She’s co-interning with Jordi, a photographer who’s got a bit of a “fiery” reputation. Their styles couldn’t be more different, but then opposites do attract. Since a teen can’t survive on love alone, Abby’s also busy sampling L.A.’s best burgers with new friend-by-extension Jax, who’s Abby’s best friend’s boyfriend’s best friend (got that?). The toothsome tastings – research for Jax’s father’s developing food app – become a welcome reprieve from Abby’s food-famous mother’s “Eat Healthy with Norah!” menus at home.

Cassandra Morris’s youthfully emotive, excitably involved narration transforms what could have been on-the-page clunkers (Spalding’s occasionally overreactive dialog and sometimes meandering plotting) into effervescent fun.

Verdict: With audio as the improved option, libraries will want to provide easy access.

Review: “Audio,” Library Journal, November 1, 2018

Readers: Young Adult

Published: 2018


No Comment

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.