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 has stayed focused on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a prized internship at her favorite local boutique, she’s thrilled to take her first step into her dream career. She doesn’t expect to fall for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. Abby knows it’s a big no-no to fall for a colleague. She also knows that Jordi documents her whole life in photographs, while Abby would prefer to stay behind the scenes.
Then again, nothing is going as expected this summer. She’s competing against the girl she’s kissing to win a paid job at the boutique. She’s somehow managed to befriend Jax, a lacrosse-playing bro type who needs help in a project that involves eating burgers across L.A.’s eastside. Suddenly, she doesn’t feel like a sidekick. Is it possible Abby’s finally in her own story?
But when Jordi’s photography puts Abby in the spotlight, it feels 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?
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
If you’re looking for a cute summer contemporary then look further because The Summer of Jodi Perez is the book for you. Amazing Main character? Check. Adorable love interest that you wish was your own? Check. Awesome side characters that deserve their own book? Check. This book is everything you could possibly wish for in a contemporary so I highly recommend that you pick it up.
Books that contain sapphic characters are my raison d’etre. There are few key words that really get me excited about a book but if you tell me that your book features queer girls, I will pick it up and there’s a very high chance that I’ll love it. So I kind of knew that The Summer of Jodi Perez was going to be amazing but I’m glad my suspicions were confirmed.
I loved this book so much and I really cant think of a single thing that I didn’t like. It’s one of those books that you fly through and when you finish you just feel 1000x lighter. The romance was sooo swoonworthy and I loved seeing it play out. Jodi and Abby were such couple goals my god. Something I really appreciated was that the drama that was inevitably going to occur didn’t have anything to do with their job because that was a route that easily could have been taken but I really appreciated the conflict that presented itself instead. I also really appreciated the fact that Abby was fat and seeing how it had a part in the story. It was refreshing to not have a skinny Main character. YA really needs Mcs of all sizes.
I really loved the way that food played a role in the novel. Authors mentioning food in detail in books is my weak spot and I loved seeing Abby and Jax try to find the best burger in LA. Seeing their friendship evolve was wonderful. All the side characters that came up were really great and I really liked seeing both Jodi and Abby parent’s. The conflict that occurred between Abby and her mom was really interesting.The only thing that I would’ve liked more development was Abby’s best friend. I liked what I saw but I would’ve liked to see more.