Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
I received a copy of Hot Dog Girl for review from the publisher.
Do you love fun, quirky, hilarious contemporaries? Then this is the book for you.
Meet Elouise (or Lou). She’s 16 and working at Magic Castle, the amusement park in her small town for the summer. On the first day, she finds out she’s been assigned the role of dancing hot dog. Again. Not exactly the ideal start to the best summer of her life—the one before senior year.
Seeley, her best friend, is the carousel operator. Seeley’s heart is a little bruised because her ex-girlfriend is working at the park too. Lou obviously gets the bright idea to set her up. Seeley’s not exactly keen, but she’s used to Lou’s scheming ways.
Which is why she’s not surprised when Lou has a “plan” to snag Nick, the diving pirate. You see, Lou has had a crush on Nick since the summer before, but she’s always been too nervous and too down on herself to do anything about it.
Now that it’s summer again and they are all working at Magic Castle, Lou thinks this is the perfect time to implement her get-Nick scheme. The only things in her way are Nick’s girlfriend Jessa, Seeley’s reluctance, and her own crippling self-doubt! #Relatable
Oh, and Mr. P, the park’s owner, has announced that Magic Castle will be closing at the end of the summer—for good. Magic Castle is Lou’s favourite place. She’s not going to give it up without a fight! So, you can go ahead and add another scheme to Lou’s list.
I gotta say, Hot Dog Girl is a total delight. Lou is hilarious, self-conscious, a little oblivious and it’s relatable as hell. And she’s bi! I love bi main characters! And her best friend Seeley is a lesbian! Yay! And neither of those things are like the central part of story. I mean they’re part of it and they are important, but this isn’t a “gaystory.” It’s a story. It’s about coming of age, about first loves, about the microcosm of life that is summer vacation… And the main characters happen to be girls that like girls.
I had so much fun reading this I didn’t want to put it down. I wanted to know what sort of shenanigans Lou was going to get herself into next and how she’s get herself out of it. She never let me down.
This book is the perfect spring/summer read. Highly recommend!
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Beth is the founder and editor of Fuelled by Fiction. She is a twenty-something east coast Canadian girl who loves writing about books and feminism.