One to Ten ; The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burgers in Los Angeles​)

So, because I love to read and I happened to recently finish this book, I decided to write a review on…

The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burgers in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding!

Which you already probably figured out since you read the title of this post…

So without further ado, let’s get a-rolling and review this book!!

On a scale from one to ten, I would rate The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burgers in Los Angeles) an…

★★★★★★★☆☆ • 8 out of 10

BECAUSE… 

It was a super cute romance novel (which I am a TOTAL sucker for) about an overweight, lesbian teenage girl in L.A. who loves to be inspired by, shop, and blog about fashion and is trying to beat the girl she falls for so she can get a job at a fashion boutique called Lemonberry while helping her newly-proclaimed BFF, Jax, eat and rate the best burgers in L.A. for a website.

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Not EVEN gonna lie, this book was absolutely adorable!

Love, friendship, fashion, and burgers; what else do you really need in life?

It had great characters, friendships, and relationships, and what was SO great about it was the style of writing was that it was so casual, almost like a story someone was telling you. Literally such! good! writing!

I’m telling you this right now, if you read this book, you will fall in love with Jax.

Not only is he adorably sassy and flirtatious, but he has a HUGE heart that people, including Abby, overlook due to his family’s success and his father’s attitude.

10/10 you will fall in love with him and aspire to find someone exactly like him!!

Also, he wants to spend the entire summer eating the best burgers in L.A. with someone he thinks is cool, and if you don’t think that’s the sweetest thing you’ve ever heard in you’re entire life, you’re lying.

“People get so worked up when I’m honest about not wanting the world to see me… Of course my girlfriend thinks I’m beautiful, of course Maliah thinks I look great when I spend so much effort on my looks, of course Jax thinks I’m {cute}. They have something invested in me while the world doesn’t. And it’s okay that the world doesn’t; I don’t need it to” (Spalding 203-204).

The whole story had me DYING to learn what happens next, and, not gonna lie, the love story between Abby and her boo had me close to tears.

SO! CUTE!

The ONLY thing I didn’t like about the story was towards the end when things started going downhill between the protagonist and the love interest:/

While I won’t spoil anything, it went from “I feel so violated, I’m never speaking to them again,” to everyone hanging together and the couple kissing again.

Like, it was SO SWEET, but I feel like part of the story was the main character, Abby, growing and kind of accepting herself enough to post more about her body and how confident she is in it, so when she got back together with her love interest, it kind of felt like we lost a little bit of that?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a SUCKER for sunshine and rainbows and a happily ever after between an adorable couple, but sometimes what we want and what we need are two TOTALLY different things.

Overall, it was a SUPER cute book and I would DEFINITELY recommend it to anyone looking for a modern day fairytale 🖤

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Unpopular Opinion ; Makeup and Beauty

Okay, so I’m not sure how everyone else feels about this, but I 100% support and believe that boys – whether they’re gay or not, or anything in between – can wear makeup!

I don’t know who created the “rule” that only girls can wear makeup, because James Charles wears that stuff literally 1000 times better than me, and he still gets hate for it!

Like, I’m sorry, but James literally looks better, and does his makeup better, than a LOT of people.

Don’t @ me; y’all know it’s true.

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from james’ new years post (on instagram) • 2019

How is he so pretty? Like, he’s actually GORGEOUS, and I feel like people totally put aside the fact that he’s

A) super good and talented at doing makeup (I mean, are we looking at the same picture here?)

B) breaking down gender barriers, which most people are advocating for

and

C) just doing something that he loves and expressing himself courageously, all because he’s not a girl.

And to me, that’s honestly SO sad and pathetic. He shouldn’t have to deal with hate and that kind of stuff because people are still living in, like, 1950.

This is 2019!!

The world has bigger problems than guys who wear makeup.

What really bothers me about makeup, though, is how people use SO MUCH because they think it’ll make them perfect or “cover their flaws”.

I’m NOT saying that that’s what everyone does; I know PERFECTLY well that some people, like James, wear makeup because they like it, not to be perfect or cover up what they don’t like about themselves.

I get that; sometimes it feels nice to just put on some makeup, look in the mirror, and say, “Dang, I look pretty good!!”

But I feel like some people do it to cover themselves up…

…which sucks!!

I don’t want people to EVER feel pressured by the media or by people they admire. I hate it because it happens to me sometimes, and I know that if I have felt that way before, some people may be struggling with the same thing.

What I think the media and people that know they have the spotlight (so basically any celebrity) should do is try to promote more of the “be comfortable in your own skin” message, because I know a lot of people, specifically teenagers, tend to struggle with accepting themselves for how they look.

At my school, we have advisories, and I hate it when I walk in the morning and someone is upset because they don’t feel like they look good in the shirt they picked or their hair makes their face look chubby or their mascara isn’t thick enough so their eyelashes still look small. The beauty standards HAVE to go!!

Not everyone is going to look the same, so promoting the idea that it’s considered “beautiful” is so annoying and unfair!!

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from maddie ziegler’s instagram • 2018
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from iman meskini’s instagram • 2018

These women are both ABSOLUTELY gorgeous, and they look nothing alike!

They’re both from different cultures, from different backgrounds, have different body shapes, and wear different clothes, but they’re both beautiful!

And I think that’s where a lot of teenagers – and people, in general – get it wrong; it’s so much more beautiful to be yourself, to show off who YOU are, not who you could be. 🖤