Monday, December 31, 2018
The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding
In thinking about this post I was going to say that I enjoyed this book immensely but that there is nothing groundbreaking in terms of rom-com. Then I shook myself back to reality with a reminder that the main character is a fat, queer girl who gets to have a romance that is not all about either of them struggling to come out so it IS pretty groundbreaking after all! Now, Abby does have to do a bit of coming to terms with who she is as a fat girl, but I can love that too because no matter how body pos you are, you still live in society. There are a few things I would've liked to be a little different - more resolution in the mother/daughter relationship, more time with her best friend, and a stronger focus on the new friendship with Jax because the "Best Burger" stuff doesn't seem like enough of the plot to warrant it's own title shout out - but, hey, I'm not gonna let that bring me down. Because the rest of the book is just good with fun characters who love and support each other. It is exactly what I wanted it to be both in terms of a fat character and a not-straight teen. It ended my year of reading on a high note!