YA Pick of the Week: The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding
Of all of the teen books that are coming out this year, The Summer of Jordi Perez is definitely one of the cutest. Abby is a fashion-obsessed teen who scores a summer internship at her favorite clothing boutique--and falls head over heels in love with her fellow intern Jordi (Perez). The book talks about some serious things: body issues, how to navigate a first relationship, balancing dating and being professional but it also is really gentle in its treatment of all of these issues.
It's sometimes hard to find an lgbtq+ teen romance that doesn't have coming out anxiety at its epicenter, but this one is much more concerned with navigating other insecurities and life stuff, which often feels like a relief. It is a fun, soft summer read that never quite answers the question of what might be the best burger in Los Angeles--but it does provide plenty of other things to think about.