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Hot Dog Girl

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  3,700 ratings  ·  872 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,
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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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…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)
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
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
Kylie Amber
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-read
This book was a very sweet read.
Def had its problematic points though.
Ness (Vynexa)
May 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
Jaye Berry
Mar 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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)
Vicky Who Reads
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist
4 stars


also I got a bit teary in the climax brb
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow .. loved the ending .. great book ...more
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.


Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, I thought the story was adorable and cute, I really want to reread this book at some point and this book is one of my new favorite books.
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
I thought this was adorable, with best friends-lovers f/f romance,,,,MY DREAM TROPE!

But the plot was empty + the characters didn’t have depth :( I was so bored and trying not to be.
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
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: coming-soon-19
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
Laura (bbliophile)
I LOOOOOOVED the romance in this but I didn't really like the main character much
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!
Danika at The Lesbrary
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.
Kelly Hager
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Lea (drumsofautumn)
I liked this a whole lot but holy cow, it was EXHAUSTING to read from the main character's perspective. She was definitely consciously written to be an unlikeable character and I liked the development but that didn't make it any less insufferable
Also I hope one day we can write and read any enjoy novels that are about f/f fake dating to get a guy's attention without feeding into stereotypes but uh.. we're just not there yet.
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
Sue (BeautyBookCorner)
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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