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Hot Dog Girl

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  6,255 ratings  ·  1,340 reviews
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,
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Putnam
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Jennifer Dugan Great question! I love that picture so much but it did not inspire the book. I actually first saw it when an agent I was querying sent it to me and sa…moreGreat question! I love that picture so much but it did not inspire the book. I actually first saw it when an agent I was querying sent it to me and said my project reminded her of it. (Hope that doesn't disappoint you!)(less)
Ruby I checked the back of the book and it says the cover was illustrated by Jeff Östberg in 2019.

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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I love love loved the setting of this book, but the plot/characters really needed work. I felt like this book played into the stereotype that bisexual women only date girls to get the attention of guys and I was just.. not about it. Plus on top of that, this was my second book of the month that revolved really heavily around cheating and I'm pretty over it tbh. BLAH.

If you want to hear Kassie and I talk more in detail about this, the Sassy Book Club live-show will be tonight (Fri 5/24) on my cha
Trina (Between Chapters)
F/F FAKE DATING! Great summer vibes!

I was a little irritated with Eloise constantly drooling over a guy who already had a girlfriend, but that was really just the catalyst for the main events in this book. The friendship, fake dating, moral struggles, and amusement park setting were all things I really loved.

This does include f/f fake dating to catch the interest of a straight guy, but I really liked that it's addressed as soon as it's brought up. The idea of Nick only being into her because of
h o l l i s
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 be

I 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
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
actual rating: 2.5 stars

No one talk to me. No one touch me. I'm frustrated and disappointed.


This one has to be the worst tho. There are exactly two things i liked about Hot Dog Girl:
1/ Lou's dad
2/ the last couple chapters when everything FINALLY fell into place.

The rest? Nope. Eloise was infuriating, she kept using her best friend not even looking back enough to consider her feelings, she wanted to break up a couple just because she want
C.G. Drews
This book is about hot dogs and hot messes. Half the time it was like reading a trainwreck (Lou) hurtling towards a bridge (every idea Lou ever has) with the brakes cut (Seeley stressfully watching her go). But I enjoyed some good ol' teen angst and I think there's a place for books full of chaotic bad decisions, especially if you look to the root of why it's happening. I definitely get why this book isn't for everyone though because Lou does a lot of toxic things and while she has a character a ...more
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. ...more
Ness (Vynexa)
I will be keeping this review non-spoiler due to my rant review for this book being full of spoilers

Elouise has a crush on Nick. Nick has a girlfriend who is a princess while Elouise is a hot dog.
Elouise makes some stupid decisions, takes best friend Seeley down with her.
Elouise is frustrating.

What we were sold in the synopsis is not what we were given in this novel. By the summary, I thought that this was going to be a story about a girl who was finding herself. But that’s not what it turned
may ➹
sometimes you have to read books you know you’ll hate because they’ll be quick reads for your goodreads challenge...... and sometimes your plan completely backfires and it takes you a week to read it (and you hated it)
Jaye Berry
Mar 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
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
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.

Kylie Amber
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read
This book was a very sweet read.
Def had its problematic points though.
Vicky Again
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
4 stars


also I got a bit teary in the climax brb
Despite this quirky title and odd little cover, I am so glad I picked up this book! I don't always go for books within the trope of girl-crushing-on-boy-who-already-has-girlfriend, but if there ever was a case of an author handling it very well, this is the prime example. In the beginning of the book, Elouise (Lou) did get just a bit obnoxious with her obsessive escapades (nee 'hero complex') to save the park when everyone else thought it was none of her business and no one else considered it a ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
wow😌 .. loved the ending .. great book
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What always kept me from buying and reading this book were the bad reviews on goodreads. Luckily someone recommended it to me and I listened to them, because I loved this SO much.
This is the sweet, funny, awkward and totally adorable f/f YA romcom we all knew we needed... and now we finally have it! 😂
I laughed so much, couldn't put the book down and rooted for the romance!

Lou tries very hard to make this last summer the best summer possible. Yet she ends up as the Hot Dog at Playland, the amuse
Such a cute sweet queer rom com! Bisexual Elouise lives in a small town that revolves around an old nostalgic amusement where all the teens have summer jobs. Teens include her crush Nick, her lesbian BFF Seeley, and Jessa the park princess / Nick's gf. Elouise is trying one last time to get Nick's attention and to save the park when she learns it's being closed. Including fake dating Seeley. You all know what fake dating leads to... (although actually I feel like Dugan could have leaned into the ...more
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtq, 2020
Our main protagonist Elouise is super problematic - this girl is not quirky she’s meddlesome and so wrapped up in herself.

The actual romance in this book was in the last two chapters - it was cute but Seeley deserved way better.

Elouise and Jessa were equally annoying characters who the author tried to pit one against the other but both were shit.
Danika at The Lesbrary
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute! Fake dating, love pentagon. A perfect summer read. Lou can be a little frustrating, but that's always what's charming about her. There is some angst, but mostly this is a quick and engrossing read. I was counting down to the time I could get back to reading it. ...more
Laura (bbliophile)
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
I LOOOOOOVED the romance in this but I didn't really like the main character much ...more
francis moore
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: came-soon-18-20
Full review:


“I know I don’t have the face of a woman who walks into an office and demands answers - I have the face of a girl trying to be too many things at once.”

Hot Dog Girl was bright and refreshing, not a perfect novel but pretty darn close to one. Jennifer Dugan is practically a master of character voice and emotion, creating unique teens that still did fairly relatable things. Every aspect of every romance was handled with care and made sense
Kelly Hager
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will admit freely that I bought this book because Becky Albertalli blurbed it. (She says it's "funny, joyful, bighearted.") I'm so glad I saw her praise because I love this book SO MUCH.

I also come from a small town, although our amusement park was in the beach city half an hour away. This book was full of summer nostalgia for me (I didn't work there, but I spent a lot of time there over the summers growing up). Even beyond that, I loved Seeley and Elouise so much. Their friendship is actual p
A funny, sweet, and surprisingly touching romance

Elouise Parker (known as Lou) wants to have an amazing summer before her senior year of high school. She's ready to work at Magic Castle, her beloved amusement park, with all her friends. But then Lou is assigned as the giant hot dog at Magic Castle--again. Her crush, Nick, works at Magic Castle too (as a diving pirate), but he's dating the girl who plays the Princess. (Seriously.) And Lou's best friend, Seeley, doesn't seem too thrilled about try
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dissapointing, dnf, 2-star
okay, so, I’m going to go ahead and DNF this one. I really, really don’t even know why I read this, so this review will be short and overall pretty meaningless, but I wanted to write this anyways, just because.

basically it’s a book about a girl named Lou who works at an amusement park she’s loved since childhood. unfortunately, she gets cast to play a giant hot dog while everyone else gets to be a princess or something way cooler than being a giant hot dog. and her crush nick is a diving pirate
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!! ...more
Zoë ☆
May 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
This was supposed to be cute, but instead most of it was jus cringy and uncomfortable to read 😢 I really disliked that the main character just went against everything and everybody 🙄

I’m glad I read Verona Comics first, because I loved that one!! But this one... nah I wouldn’t bother unfortunately 🙈
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
There were things I L O V E D about this book and things that made me roll my eyes and groan and scoff. Overall I landed on a three because I did think the majority of the characters and the story were cute. I can't wait to discuss this one for SassyBookClub on Chelsea's channel (chelseadolling reads) on May 24th at 7pm PST! ...more
Jessica ☢ Spartan Ranger
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: standalone, 2019
Hot Dog Girl
J. Dugan, 2019

Everybody seems to think the summer after your senior year is the stuff of legends. That it’s two months of pure teenage bliss or something. It’s almost as if there’s this big conspiracy surrounding it, like, sure, kid, throw your cap in the air, cue up that hit pop song you will definitely hate by fall, and then you, too, will be guaranteed the most epic summer of your life. I mean, we all know that’s now hot it actually goes down, right?

After a long time
Sue (BeautyBookCorner)
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
This was an adorable fake-dating f/f YA rom com. Lou is an utterly frustrating main character who does a lot of dumb things, but it's so teen, so real, and it's so hard not to root for her. I'm also all about "teens attempting to save a thing they love from their childhood" tropes and this one, with the to-close amusement park in their small town, is a great one.

Bonus to Lou for being vegetarian, for seeing a trip to Target a big deal (she's rural!), and for the sweet relationship between her an
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this!

This was such a fun contemporary romance. I am generally not a fan of contemporary romance but this is an LGBTQ romance which I am always in search for. This had some pretty great bisexual representation with our MC, Eloise, who I came to adore.

Eloise was not without flaws, but she learns and grows throughout the story. The reader gets a good look into this small town where everyone knows each other. Cute & romantic faux pas occur, that had me literally *squeeing* (see GIF i
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Jennifer Dugan is a writer, geek, and romantic who writes the kinds of stories she wishes she had growing up. In addition to being a young adult novelist, she is also the writer/creator of two indie comics. She lives in New York with her family, dogs, and an evil cat that is no doubt planning to take over the world.

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