The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles), by Amy Spalding
From my Kirkus column about The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles), by Amy Spalding:
Spalding’s character work here is tip-top—all of the characters, from Abby down to the third-tier characters who have fewer than five lines—are three-dimensional people who have specific and nuanced relationships with one another. It’s telling that I loved Abby’s burgeoning friendship with Jax the Lacrosse Bro just as much as I loved the romance between Abby and Jordi … and it’s indicative of the aforementioned skillful character work and the organic nature of Spalding’s storytelling that I only just now realized that Jax is the Sassy Best Friend of Abby’s story.
More fashion: The Fashion Committee, by Susan Juby