AMY SPALDING reads from her new young adult novel THE SUMMER OF JORDI PEREZ

The Summer of Jordi Perez: And the Best Burger in Los Angeles (Sky Pony Press)

A hilarious, nuanced LGBTQ+ young adult novel about a teen trying to make waves in the fashion industry by running a plus-size fashion blog and rocking her dream internship—until she falls for her competition, Jordi.

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 lacrosse-playing 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?

Praise for The Summer of Jordi Perez

“This book is the queer, fat girl rom-com of my dreams! Plus-size fashion, a fat girl falling in love, nuanced friendships, and cheeseburgers! Did I mention cheeseburgers?”—Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’

“Funny, full of heart, and refreshingly free of a weight-loss arc.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This is a book you don’t want to miss a word of. Abby’s first-person narrative is full of wry observations and laugh-out- loud moments. . . . The Summer of Jordi Perez is a treat with a heroine who’s not easily forgotten.”—Foreword Reviews

“Amy Spalding is the funniest YA contemporary writer out there.”—Hey YA Book Riot Podcast

“A confectionary delight. . . This is the happy queer-girl romance I’ve been longing for since I knew enough to long for happy queer-girl romance.”—Robin Talley, New York Times bestselling author of Lies We Tell Ourselves

“Sweet and delightful.”—School Library Journal

“You'll want to go shopping with Abby. You'll obsessively need to sample every cheeseburger in town. You might even plan a foodie-fashion- fun times vacation in L.A. But most importantly, you'll fall in love with The Summer of Jordi Perez. Just like I did.”—Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten and I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl

“Finally able to appreciate her talents, [Abby] discovers support and care rather than criticism. Shopping, humor, and summer romance add to the appeal of the story.”—VOYA

Amy Spalding has a BA in advertising and marketing communications from Webster University, and an MA 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.

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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