Published by Sky Pony Press on April 3rd 2018
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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Well, this was exactly the adorable f/f summer romance I needed to read! The Summer of Jordi Perez follows our protagonist, Abby, during the summer before her senior year of high school as she works to balance her internship at her favorite fashion designer, new and old friendships, and falling in love for the first time.
First off, can I say how much this book means to me as a plus-size queer girl??? I got to read about a protagonist who looked like me and felt the same way about girls as me!!! I’ve seen these identities of mine represented well separately in many books, but never this intersection. I related SO SO much to Abby and her struggles with her body. Like Abby, yes, I truly do like myself and the way I look, but it’s what others might think that gets to me. Seeing a successful fashion blogger and intern struggling with the same things I deal with was really comforting and validating, and I felt better about myself as I read about Abby learning to fully embrace herself. Plus, while Abby is a lesbian and I identify as bisexual, I still thought the queer representation was done really well.
Speaking of which, Abby and Jordi’s relationship was so cute! I will honestly never tire of reading cute f/f romances that take place in the real world, because, like, we deserve to have those. While the two of them were pretty different as people, they complemented each other well and helped each other come into their own. Normally, I loathe the miscommunication trope, but I thought it worked really well in this story. I just love a good summer romance, tbh.
I also adored Abby’s group of friends. Maliah, Brooke, and Zoe reminded me lots of my friends in high school. Maggie, Abby and Jordi’s boss, also made me happy! I loved reading about their internship, honestly. Lemonberry is a store I could totally see myself shopping at if it existed. I also have a soft spot for Jax, who reminded me of so many of my unlikely friendships with guys now. The two of them were full of banter, but not in a romantic sense, which was fun to read. And, of course, all the food descriptions were delicious.
Overall, I think this is the perfect fluffy spring/summer read that’s not entirely mindless. It still includes important representation and makes you think, but the setting and the characters lend it a feel-good vibe. Highly recommend to any contemporary lover!
Have you read The Summer of Jordi Perez? If so, let’s discuss! If not, do you plan to pick up a copy?