Hot Dog Girl
Elouise (Lou) Parker is determined to have the absolute best, most impossibly epic summer of her life. There are just a few things standing in her way: * She's landed a job at Magic Castle Playland . . . as a giant dancing hot dog. * Her crush, the dreamy Diving Pirate Nick, already has a girlfriend, who is literally the Princess of the park. But Lou's never liked anyone, guy or otherwise, this much before, and now she wants a chance at her own happily ever after. * Her best friend, Seeley, the carousel operator, who's always been up for anything, suddenly isn't when it comes to Lou's quest to set her up with the perfect girl or Lou's scheme to get close to Nick. * And it turns out that this will be their last summer at Magic Castle Playland--ever--unless she can find a way to stop it from closing.Jennifer Dugan's sparkling debut coming-of-age queer romance stars a princess, a pirate, a hot dog, and a carousel operator who find love--and themselves--in unexpected people and unforgettable places.

Hot Dog Girl Details

TitleHot Dog Girl
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 30th, 2019
PublisherPutnam
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance

Hot Dog Girl Review

  • شيماء ✨
    January 1, 1970
    UPDATE: I just won my first ever giveaway for a signed ARC of this book and I would just like to thank the universe for finally giving me a break and letting me have nice things!!I don’t even have to personally have read this book, I just already know that factually I will relate to anyone standing alone in a crowd wearing a hot dog suit and looking like they wish they could free themselves from the shackles of their flesh prisons and transcend the physical world by astral projection
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  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. This looks like a really fun and fluffy YA summer romance, but believe me when I tell you that it’s more of a soap opera… at an amusement park.Don’t get me wrong, I thought it was entertaining and I would definitely recommend it to those who enjoy dramatic characters and scenarios as well as reading about different relationships blossoming and dying. Just be aware that it’s not exactly a ha-ha book. The heroine is engaging and sarcastic and super straight-forward so I was bound to enj 3.5 stars. This looks like a really fun and fluffy YA summer romance, but believe me when I tell you that it’s more of a soap opera… at an amusement park.Don’t get me wrong, I thought it was entertaining and I would definitely recommend it to those who enjoy dramatic characters and scenarios as well as reading about different relationships blossoming and dying. Just be aware that it’s not exactly a ha-ha book. The heroine is engaging and sarcastic and super straight-forward so I was bound to enjoy her thoughts and super awkward moments, but I can one hundred percent see why she would drive other readers crazy.The storyline revolves around the fact that the Magic Castle Playland is closing at the end of the summer, so the heroine has taken upon herself the responsibility of saving the park and is trying to recruit others to her mission.But really it’s a character-driven story. Lou has a crush on Nick who has a princess for a girlfriend who may or may not have a secret that Lou may or may not try to figure out while being told by her best friend she should stay out of it but is there something more going on with Seeley herself? There is a lot going on, which makes this a fast-paced and entertaining story. Of course, Lou’s straight-forwardness causes conflict and will irk many, but I personally found this to be a worthwhile read and I’m glad to see one more LGBTQIA+ book on the shelves hihi :)Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • Dahlia
    January 1, 1970
    Reading this just made me so happy for everyone who's been dying for more excellent f/f YA romcoms. THIS WAS SO CUTE AND I ADORED IT.
  • Mackenzi
    January 1, 1970
    Totes adorbs.
  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    Crap crap crap crap. <-- what was running through my head the further into this I got as I realized this book was not working for me or what I thought it would beI wanted to love this. From the moment I saw the title and the cover, I wanted to love this so much. It seemed quirky and fun and cute and I wanted it in my face so I could make heart-eyes at it forever. But.Other than having a bisexual main character, there was.. like.. nothing else I liked? I loathed the myriad of stupid scheming L Crap crap crap crap. <-- what was running through my head the further into this I got as I realized this book was not working for me or what I thought it would beI wanted to love this. From the moment I saw the title and the cover, I wanted to love this so much. It seemed quirky and fun and cute and I wanted it in my face so I could make heart-eyes at it forever. But.Other than having a bisexual main character, there was.. like.. nothing else I liked? I loathed the myriad of stupid scheming Lou concocted, all of which she roped in or forced her BFF to carry out, I hated the underhanded and really icky ulterior motives in the whole romantic plot that drove the majority of the story, and overall I just found pretty much all the people in the friend group really unlikeable. Or at least not people I could root for. Only the oblivious crush and Lou's best friend came out ontop, really. And by that I mean they were characters I could care about if not for their association with other, multiple, nonsense people. And had I been them, I would've washed my hands of all of it and everyone. Brutal.Dugan's debut has some good representation and what should have been a fun setting.. but unfortunately I was left feeling pretty letdown by everything that, well, went down.** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    *heavy breathing* Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch
  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsI CALLED IT FROM THE BEGINNING JUST LETTING YOU KNOWalso I got a bit teary in the climax brb
  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    I never knew a book with a girl dressed as a hotdog on the cover would be something I needed in my life. Alas, I do NEED THIS. Look how beautiful it is; with the pink and purple and the hotdog.Delicious.
  • Lillian Clark
    January 1, 1970
    I am in LOVE!I was incredibly lucky to get to read an early copy of Jennifer Dugan's HOT DOG GIRL, and seriously, I just finished and my cheeks hurt from smiling. Elouise, in all her hot-dog-suited glory, is a fantastically complex character, stumbling through the high hopes, confused crushes, and ill-advised schemes of what she intends to be The Best Summer Ever with a gracelessness that's utterly endearing because it's also incredibly real. Dugan captures the intense/awkward/enthusiastic/messy I am in LOVE!I was incredibly lucky to get to read an early copy of Jennifer Dugan's HOT DOG GIRL, and seriously, I just finished and my cheeks hurt from smiling. Elouise, in all her hot-dog-suited glory, is a fantastically complex character, stumbling through the high hopes, confused crushes, and ill-advised schemes of what she intends to be The Best Summer Ever with a gracelessness that's utterly endearing because it's also incredibly real. Dugan captures the intense/awkward/enthusiastic/messy trip that is being a teen and serves it up in HOT DOG GIRL as the perfect summer (or any time) treat!
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  • Marisa
    January 1, 1970
    There is so much I love about HOT DOG GIRL -- I never wanted to put it down, and when I had to I couldn't wait to pick it back up. Elouise's voice jumps off the page, I want Seeley to be my best friend, and the relationship between Lou & her dad meant so much to me. HOT DOG GIRL delivers the perfect combination of humor & heart and is basically the f/f romcom of my dreams -- this one should be on everyone's 2019 TBR!!
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    gender-muddled Clueless hell yeah
  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    Voicey, original, and filled with humor and heart, this is a fantastic debut. I was lucky to be an early reader on this novel. Bi girls, cute diving pirate boys, princesses, and a summer amusement park never fail to entertain. Highly recommended!
  • Kelly Coon
    January 1, 1970
    Oh gosh, will a girl in a hot dog suit grab your heart and stomp on it. This is a lovely rom-com that is light and undeniably fun, but simmering under the surface is Lou's incredible ache that comes out in her ill-timed and poorly managed hi-jinks. I was enraged by her cluelessness, filled with motherly love about the missing woman in her life, and wiping tears from my eyes when she mucks everything all up time and again because she's hiding the one thing from herself she really needs. READ IT a Oh gosh, will a girl in a hot dog suit grab your heart and stomp on it. This is a lovely rom-com that is light and undeniably fun, but simmering under the surface is Lou's incredible ache that comes out in her ill-timed and poorly managed hi-jinks. I was enraged by her cluelessness, filled with motherly love about the missing woman in her life, and wiping tears from my eyes when she mucks everything all up time and again because she's hiding the one thing from herself she really needs. READ IT and recommend it to all your teenage friends!! I loved it!
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  • Hayley
    January 1, 1970
    (OMG, I just won a signed ARC on twitter. I may explode.)1. Thank you so much to Jennifer Dugan for the signed ARC! 2. This was the cutest book to involve a girl in a hot dog suit ever. 3. Everything was adorable and lovely and Nick was great and Seeley was the best and Elouise was so darn wonderful. I LOVE EVERYONE IN THIS BAR.And yes, I am 100% going to reread this very soon. 5 stars, 10/10 would recommend, heart eyes forever.
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  • Ivy
    January 1, 1970
    "guy or otherwise"otherwiseOTHERwiseevery queer kid's heart rate goes from one to gay
  • Sue (BeautyBookCorner)
    January 1, 1970
    Our main character Elouise was kind of a hot mess but she is also so sweet and funny. I loved following these characters as they get sucked into her schemes. As far as the romance, it was pretty clear early on who was endgame. But the whole process of getting there was just so cute! I was smiling throughout the book. Elouise and Seely are BFF goals, Nick is adorkable, and the run-down amusement park was the perfect setting. This is such a feel-good story about first love, friendship, and growing Our main character Elouise was kind of a hot mess but she is also so sweet and funny. I loved following these characters as they get sucked into her schemes. As far as the romance, it was pretty clear early on who was endgame. But the whole process of getting there was just so cute! I was smiling throughout the book. Elouise and Seely are BFF goals, Nick is adorkable, and the run-down amusement park was the perfect setting. This is such a feel-good story about first love, friendship, and growing up. I highly recommend! I knew I wanted to read this as soon as I saw the cover, because if there is anyone who would be chosen to wear the hot dog costume, it would probably be me. No, seriously. I actually walked into a Little Caesar’s to ask of they were hiring for their costume position in high school. I wore a giant banana costume around school for various fundraising events. Good times. If this book reminded me of anything, it’s that there are those who play the princess or prince, and then there are others like Elouise and I who are hot dogs. And that’s okay, because we’re pretty damn good hot dogs. ** Thank you to Edelweiss+ and G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers for giving me a digital ARC for review. **
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  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    This was the adorakable squishy read I needed.::heart eye emoji::
  • Jaye Berry
    January 1, 1970
    This book is like if you dropped a hot dog on the ground and let it get stepped on for three days before you picked it back up and then ate it.Hot Dog Girl is the story of Elouise (Lou) who is determined to have the best summer of her life. That is before she is assigned to be the dancing hot dog (again) at the local amusement park she loves, and finds out the park will close at the end of the summer. Lou has a big crush on the park's pirate diver Nick, so when she hatches a scheme to get closer This book is like if you dropped a hot dog on the ground and let it get stepped on for three days before you picked it back up and then ate it.Hot Dog Girl is the story of Elouise (Lou) who is determined to have the best summer of her life. That is before she is assigned to be the dancing hot dog (again) at the local amusement park she loves, and finds out the park will close at the end of the summer. Lou has a big crush on the park's pirate diver Nick, so when she hatches a scheme to get closer to him, her best friend Seely can't help but go along. Even though Nick is dating the park's princess, Lou feels something between them and can't let it go.Oh boy, where do I even begin? The writing in this book was just plain bad. It was so cringy and it tries so hard to be snarky and funny but just ends up being more cringy instead of even quirky. If Lou's actions weren't awful enough, her bitchy thoughts about everyone else (especially about Jessa, the girl her crush is dating) were worse. Lou is terrible. While the thought of queer rep was nice, it was handled so badly, and it took so long to even happen.Lou has a big crush on some cute boy at the park. What does she do? Pretends to date her female best friend and hang out with him and his girlfriend to make him jealous?? Even characters IN this book have no idea how that would even work. Lou makes constant assumptions even though she knows nothing about Jessa, and every single thought was just rude. Lou even gets MAD at Jessa for rightfully being upset about the whole situation. This is 2019, I thought we were done writing books with pointless girl hate? (view spoiler)[Of course she is the pure nice girl because Jessa was cheating on Nick the whole time anyway but lol okay. Lou is still a super asshole for everything. (hide spoiler)]Everything she does to get to Nick was super rude, and none of this scheme was cute. Lou is so amazingly dumb too. Gee I wonder why her best friend would be mad at her! Could she possibly have a crush? Could she just be mad that fake dating someone just to break up another couple and get with the boy is awful? Who knows! Lou even blows up at her super nice and chill dad for no reason. Even when she is trying to save the park from closing, it's still all about her. She has issues and I hate her.This book had such a cute premise, and it had so much promise but nothing in here worked out and that's a shame.
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  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    I told myself I was going to stop adding things to my TBR but all these cute lgbtq+ contemporaries are coming along and they look too good and it’s like chocolate when you tell yourself to stop but you just keep eating
  • Clephiro (The Book Coven)
    January 1, 1970
    This has to be one of the most disappointing books I've read this year. I've had Hot Dog Girl on my radar for months. It seems like the perfect package: cute contemporary romance, beautiful cover and a f/f relationship. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a mess.This is a debut novel, so I was a bit forgiving about the writing, but it does read as a younger book. The writing, sentence structure, and vocabulary are simplistic. You'll fly through this book, which is good because at a certain point it jus This has to be one of the most disappointing books I've read this year. I've had Hot Dog Girl on my radar for months. It seems like the perfect package: cute contemporary romance, beautiful cover and a f/f relationship. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a mess.This is a debut novel, so I was a bit forgiving about the writing, but it does read as a younger book. The writing, sentence structure, and vocabulary are simplistic. You'll fly through this book, which is good because at a certain point it just became painful to read this book. The reason? The characters.I hated all the characters, Lou especially. I couldn't even root for any of them, because they were just horrible people. Lou is constantly going off on people for absolutely no reason. The only thing I found myself liking about her was the fact that she was bisexual. Her interactions with people, especially her friends and her father, are painful to read.The setting was cute, and the overall plot was such a good set-up for an adorable romcom. It's a shame the execution was so messy.
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  • mahana ❀
    January 1, 1970
    ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The cheesy, loosely based on Clueless, f/f rom-com I never knew I always wanted. Review to come!
  • McKinlay Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a copy of this book from the publisher, this does not affect my review.*Okay, I ADORED this! To start, Elouise was a bit of a disaster, but she's also bisexual so what do we really expect from her?!?! She turns it around though. I absolutely fell in love with Seeley and Nick too. And Elouise's dad?! Omg he rivals the dad from The Way You Make Me Feel as best fictional dad, like for real! I honestly think you're better off going into this book not knowing a lot. But it might contain m *I received a copy of this book from the publisher, this does not affect my review.*Okay, I ADORED this! To start, Elouise was a bit of a disaster, but she's also bisexual so what do we really expect from her?!?! She turns it around though. I absolutely fell in love with Seeley and Nick too. And Elouise's dad?! Omg he rivals the dad from The Way You Make Me Feel as best fictional dad, like for real! I honestly think you're better off going into this book not knowing a lot. But it might contain my new favorite couple of all time. It's funny, it's warm-hearted, and it almost made me cry. Also, if you feel like you're not enjoying Elouise, let's remember that women are allowed to be flawed, okay? Okay.
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  • Jenni Frencham
    January 1, 1970
    "Oh noes, I have to dress up as a hot dog all summer long.""Wow that one guy is so gorgeous.""But I'm a hot dog!""Hot guy alert.""Hot dog!""Guy"There are probably readers for this book, but I found the story to be too choppy and I didn't sympathize with the main character (or know much about her, other than HOT DOG).
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  • Emily (emilykatereads)
    January 1, 1970
    adding this to my tbr solely for the ridiculous title i love it (i mean it's also queer so there's that)
  • Emily Knosher
    January 1, 1970
    This book deserves 5 stars purely because it made me happy. I loved the characters and all of their dynamics and the story and everything else about this book.
  • Sophie Gonzales
    January 1, 1970
    This book! Funny, sweet, fun, (set in a THEME PARK, hi, the best setting ever). I dare you to read this without cracking up laughing every couple of pages. This is one of the voiciest books I've read in recent years! Lou is hilarious, and charismatic, and totally relatable. Is she manipulative? Yup! And I kind of love that about her? It's so real. Why should it only be the pure, selfless, thoughtful, wise people who get their own stories? In Hot Dog girl Lou gets to be a little messy, get in ove This book! Funny, sweet, fun, (set in a THEME PARK, hi, the best setting ever). I dare you to read this without cracking up laughing every couple of pages. This is one of the voiciest books I've read in recent years! Lou is hilarious, and charismatic, and totally relatable. Is she manipulative? Yup! And I kind of love that about her? It's so real. Why should it only be the pure, selfless, thoughtful, wise people who get their own stories? In Hot Dog girl Lou gets to be a little messy, get in over her head, make mistakes, learn from them, try to fix things and make them worse instead, and you'll have the best time following her as she tries to dig herself out of a pit with a shovel. I love her because when I was a teenager, I did ridiculous things when I was in love sometimes too. Plus, can we all cheer for a healthy love interest who cares about the MC, doesn't play games and wouldn't hurt them? This is the kind of rep we need! Not only that, but the secondary characters are fantastic. Every one has a distinct personality, and motivation, and you'll find yourself even adoring the 'villains'. This is a book where the good guys do some bad things for good reasons, and the bad guys do bad things for reasons you do really understand, and everyone is just trying their HARDEST and I love them all SO MUCH. You need this on your tbr, the end. Also, the author has a very cute lizard for a pet, and all proceeds from this book go towards lizard costumes**Unconfirmed, but probable
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  • Silvia
    January 1, 1970
    3.5Tropes: fake dating, best friends to loversRep: Bi mc, Lesbian side character
  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    Meh. The last thing I wanted to read was another book about a girl pining for a boy who has a gf....
  • Yvonne Olson
    January 1, 1970
    I'm very disappointed in this book.The setting, the premise, the costumes, they all had such good things going for them.On top of that, LGBTQIA+ characters are prevalent and I am HERE. FOR. IT.But, most of the plot the protagonist is a whiny, manipulative person who doesn't care for anyone else's feelings and does whatever she wants.She meddles in relationships, she says a lot of backhanded comments to her father and her best friend, and she cares little for what anyone else thinks about her.I w I'm very disappointed in this book.The setting, the premise, the costumes, they all had such good things going for them.On top of that, LGBTQIA+ characters are prevalent and I am HERE. FOR. IT.But, most of the plot the protagonist is a whiny, manipulative person who doesn't care for anyone else's feelings and does whatever she wants.She meddles in relationships, she says a lot of backhanded comments to her father and her best friend, and she cares little for what anyone else thinks about her.I was disappointed by the ending because, after that whole plot, I would have just walked out of her life. No matter what she does to fix things, I don't think she deserved any of the good that comes.Maybe that's just me, but I cannot stand manipulation... and she manipulates everyone.
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    Elouise and her best friend Seeley work at the local amusement park. Lou is a giant dancing hot dog in the food court and Seeley runs the carousel. Nick, Lou's crush, is a diving pirate, while his girlfriend Jessa is the princess. Lou, always the schemer, has two plans this summer: get Nick to fall in love with her by pretending to date Seeley (Seeley is a lesbian and Lou is bi) and raise enough money so that Mr. P doesn't have to shut down the Magic Castle Playland. Lo and behold, neither plan Elouise and her best friend Seeley work at the local amusement park. Lou is a giant dancing hot dog in the food court and Seeley runs the carousel. Nick, Lou's crush, is a diving pirate, while his girlfriend Jessa is the princess. Lou, always the schemer, has two plans this summer: get Nick to fall in love with her by pretending to date Seeley (Seeley is a lesbian and Lou is bi) and raise enough money so that Mr. P doesn't have to shut down the Magic Castle Playland. Lo and behold, neither plan goes accordingly, but Lou ends up with a happy ending anyways. I recently read Kelly Jensen's "Do Teens Get Pushed Out of YA Books When It's Called a Genre?" article (https://bookriot.com/2019/03/29/ya-is...), which posits that because of the popularity of YA with adults, writers of YA are writing more for that audience than for teens. Or, conversely, they are writing for adults but their publisher makes them lower the age(s) of their protagonist slightly so as to be able to market it as YA, garnering higher popularity. But Hot Dog Girl does a really good job of being YA for teens. Lou is definitely a teenager, makes teenager-y mistakes, and has drama like so many high schoolers.
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