Book Review

REVIEW: Hot Dog Girl

July 15, 2019

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.

Hot Dog Girl Synopsis
Hot Dog Girl front cover

This book… Hot Dog Girl was definitely one of my most anticipated books of the year. This book is everything I wanted in 1995. Sadly it’s 2019 and I expect more from my queer fiction.

First of all, this book is nothing like what I expected from reading the back cover. It started off so good, then very quickly I got fed up with Lou’s manipulative self-centred antics. Literally, for almost the entire book Lou only thinks of herself and how to get what she wants.

Oblivious to the hurricane of torment and pain she seems to be Lou blunders on through this novel. She hurts her father, her love interest, her boss, but most of all Seeley. The end of this novel seems obvious to everyone but Lou, and is a bisexual/lesbian trope I’m fed up with.

This book isn’t awful but besides out bisexual MC, Lesbian best friend and another lesbian character used purely as a plot device, there is no other representation. Everyone else it hetero and white and boring.

If this were 1995 I would have eagerly given this book 5 stars due to sheer desperation. But it’s not 1995.

I give this Hot Dog Girl 2 out of 5 stars.

Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan was released 30th of April 2019 by Penguin Teen publishing. You can purchase it from Amazon, Book Depository, Mighty Ape, Whitcoulls or wherever you purchase books!

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