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4.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,211 ratings  ·  51 reviews
It's summertime in Bed-Stuy "Do or Die" Brooklyn, and Kate is feeling down in the dumps. Not only is she tired of her raggedy, tomboy image, but she's also missing her best friend, Felicia, who's away for the summer. Lonely and not exactly getting along with her new foster mother, Lynn, Kate so badly wants to be out and about, twirling pretty, and partying---and maybe ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Sydney Ford It starts with an introduction of the protagonist (Kate) and tells some of her life story that continues to develop over the course of the book.

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Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally, I thought that "Hot Girl", by Dream Jordan, was going to be more about a girl that thought she was the best at everything. I was wrong and this book caught my attention in the very first few pages and I could not stop reading this book.
In the beginning of the story, Kate is unhappy and feels lonely, but as the book progresses her character begins to develop because of all the moments that she spends with her foster mother Lynn and Charles, the boy she likes. This help her realize
Lauryn Thomas
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jordan's purpose in writing her book, Hot Girl, is to show young girls that you should be yourself and not let anyone try to change you. The problems you face only make you stronger. People can overcome anything if you put your mind to it. It also teaches us to be careful of who we put our trust into, because not everyone is loyal. People will sometimes try to influence you in the wrong way and it gets you into trouble. But it helps readers understand that someone shouldn't change themselves for ...more
Apr 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-goodness
Meet Kate, a girl who's a lot harder than her super vanilla name suggests. She's already been in and out of a gang, plus a couple foster homes, by the time the story starts. But she's trying to stay on track. The problem is, her brainy best friend is in South Africa for the summer, so she doesn't have any trustworthy people to hang with.

So she ends up hanging with Naleejah. Naleejah has Gucci bags, great hair, and lots of guys. Interestingly, Kate's not impressed by that. She spends most of the
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
I wasn't impressed-- I actually expected some sex and a little more pimping-- instead it's actually a mild-mannered story of a girl, Kate (who would loved to be called Diamond around her way) who has been bounced from foster to foster family and now must deal with her best friend's absence when she becomes friends with a new girl Najeelah who turns Kate back into the girl she doesn't want to become. But, Kate gets a grip sooner than later and finds herself again-- knowing that she's not sleeping ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Kate is fourteen and has grown up in the foster care system in New York. She's finally living in an environment that is pretty stable, as far as foster care goes. She lives with Lynn and Ted and she actually has her own room. That's never happened before. So why would she want to ruin such a good thing?

It's the summer and her best friend, Felicia, has gone on a two-month trip to South Africa. Kate had the chance to go with her, but when she found out some
3.5 Stars. The book was a good read. It teaches that you need to be yourself and believe in yourself. Looking at someone on the outside, they may look like that have it all together but there are a few pieces missing. I would definitely recommend this to younger girls.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is really good. When you read it you feel like Kate is talking to you. She tells you her emotions and how she thinks. She struggles with self-love because shes tired of her tom-boy image and everyone seeing her that way especially her crush. While she struggles with her insecurities she has a crush on her homeboy but so does the pretty girl she hates. ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
It was good, but took me a while to read because I would get kind of bored of it.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This small novel written for teenagers will change how you pick your friends.The story is mainly about a girl named Kate and how she spent a summer learning many lessons. Kate was no ordinary girl. She was very smart but that summer she really wasnt using her brain. Naleeja came and erupted Kates world, but their friendship couldnt last. Naleeja or should I say Bertha, was too different and didnt know how to be a friend. Charles, on the other hand was Kates long time crush. She trusted him but ...more
Sep 12, 2008 rated it liked it
HOT GIRL by Dream Jordan
Publication Date: November 13, 2008
Category: Contemporary
Age Recommendation: Grade 9+
Publisher St. Martins Griffin
Reviewed by: JAGLVR
Rating: 4 stars

Kate is fourteen and has grown up in the foster care system in New York. Shes finally living in an environment that is pretty stable, as far as foster care goes. She lives with Lynn and Ted and she actually has her own room. Thats never happened before. So why would she want to ruin such a good thing?

Its the summer and her
Katrina Burchett
Kate (aka Diamond) grew up in the foster care system. Her parents gave her up when she was one year old and she was moved from one place to the next not treated right in most of them, ran away from some. She went from an innocent little girl who just wanted to be loved to a girl full of so much anger she joined a gang to a level-headed young lady, still a bit angry but keeping that anger under control whenever possible so she could get through her days with no drama. Her new attitude was thanks ...more
Kate is not your average girl from Bed-Stuy. Well, maybe she is, but her past may be decorated a bit more colorfully than most. She is starting on her 14th summer all alone, with a new foster family, a burning crush on her homeboy Charles, and without the guidance of her best friend Felicia who is spending her summer in Africa. Kate is all set to hold things down solo and slowly press up on Charles when in steps Naleejah, a fly girl from around the way who is all about the fast cars, fast boys, ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: st-martins-press
Hot Girl was a fast and easy read with terrific dialogue. The story was about the main protagonist Kate who grows up in the foster care system. She is in a new home and not faring well with her new foster care mother. Her friend Felicia leaves her behind to go to Africa for the summer, which Kate would have been a part of had she not gotten into some beef with the other girls who were going.

Bored and with nothing to do, she wanders off to watch her homeboy Charles play at a basketball game, and
Bianca Ambrosio
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hot Girl is a fast read and an entertaining novel. I could not put it down and personally, found the main protagonist to be relatable. It is a simple, and to the point book. Some of the authors messages may be too overt, making one feel as if moral lessons are slapped over the head, but I believe that was the intention of the novel, to educate and warn girls about issues concerning teen-pregnancy, drug use, STDs, stealing, and toxic relationships. The novel had great dialogue, although sometimes ...more
Nov 16, 2008 rated it really liked it

Kate, a foster child, has always felt alone and joined a gang to fit in. From fighting, drinking and drugs, Kate meets Felicia, and wants to alter her lack of and begins to work harder in school and takes an interest in living instead of going along with the flow of things. Felicia's away and Kate finds herself alone yet again. While her foster mother makes an effort to bridge the gap between them, Kate has already decided that she's not trying to get too wrapped up.

Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
This book fits the category of what my students call "drama" books, which is probably the most requested kind of book in my library. By "drama" they usually mean books featuring African-American characters with a contemporary, urban sensibility. I read Hot Girl out of a sense of professional obligation to know what my students are reading, but I found myself really enjoying it. I found the main character very believable and actually felt that reading her first person perspective gave me some ...more
Jul 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
"I liked this book. It is the story of Kate and how she has been bounced from foster home to foster home and her life has not been too good. She finally finds a social worker who believes in her, a great friend, a not so great friend and family that might actually want to keep her. As she explores who she is, her new boundaries, friendships and possible romances, she discovers that her beauty is not tied to what she wears or how hot she could be. Her personal worth is not tied to what she has or ...more
This scintillating novel is a must read! I finished it in a day. I believe it is definitely intended for a teen audience but I loved every second of it. The witty and laugh out loud narration by Kate was my favorite part of all. If I ever write a book I always say it would be in this particular manner that this author so eloquently portrayed. Kate learns so many lessons that anyone reading this book would be forced to acknowledge and hopefully learn from. The one thing that comes to mind while ...more
Feb 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
I am going to read this book based on an article in SLJ titled "Quick Picks That Work With Teens" by Amy Cheney 2/18/2009. Girls pick this book based on the cover, so I am going to read it and let you know what I think. I really enjoyed this book and so with African American teens. Kate is a foster child and has alot of issues. She is with a foster family and she keeps wondering when they are getting rid of her, her best friend, Felicia, is away for the summer, and Kate is so lonely. She meets ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
this was not disappointing at all. i could relate tot he main character so much. even though i was never adopted, i know the anger, the hurt, the abandondment, the fights, and such. i know how it feels to be thicker than the most of the girls my age and feeling all alone. i know how it feels to have a shady friends and two faced ones too. i know how it fels to be in love with someone and they just don't give a fuck. i had a few Charles in my day and still kind of mourning one of them now with ...more
Dec 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Although I really enjoyed this book, I was expecting it to be a bit more of a 'street lit' book than it actually was. Although the main character was tough and made some bad choices, she was ultimately a good kid...I knew throughout the book that she would make the right choice because her inner dialogue was pointing that way. I think I would have liked the book a bit better if I didn't know if she was going to make the right choices. Overall though, a great book for high school girls looking ...more
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Plenty of the "usual" street lit stuff (name brands, hairstyles, fancy cars), but main character Kate has more depth and self knowledge than many of her counterparts. At 14, she's already made lots of bad choices and is learning what she wants and how she wants to get it - her own way. She's still influenced by her peers, but is careful not to give in to peer pressure. A smart teen who makes mistakes and makes her way in the world.
Lavina Bell
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
I kept hoping for more. But the "good girl" with a past and a ton of insecurities should appeal to a lot of my readers. And the character generally ends up making good decisions. The complete lack of obscenities and Kate's drive to avoid temptation and do the right thing keep the book school appropriate. But there are some racy scenes which gave me pause. And moments when a curse word would have felt more authentic than some of the artificial phrases that replaced them.
Carly Emerson
I think this book was cool. I feel bad for kate going from house to house all her life,i'm glad that in the end she ended up staying with ted & lynn. I would be so pissed if my bestfriend was gone for the WHOLE summer, so she goes n hangs with naleejah, a bad choice yeah she gave her some new clothes and did her hair but she was a BAD friend in the end. Charles and kate would've been cute cause she liked him so much but he was a big player.
Dec 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Kate being a teenage girl in fostercare with her bestfriend gone for the summer and no one to hang out with. Kate end up meeting a so called fly girl, that was no good for her. In the begining Kate was turning into a follower then she realize she has come to far to mess up what she has going with her current foster family. Kate also realize you can't trust everyone.
Apr 30, 2009 rated it liked it
This book is basically about a girl that is being hopped from foster home to foster home. So she dosen't reallyhave place where she belongs but to hang out with boys. So when she meet this girl who helps her change her apperance. But with this change to her apperance other things in her life start to change as well that she doesn't like.
Feb 06, 2014 rated it liked it
At first I was taken aback by the harsh language and sexual activity in this book, but as we hear the story of Kate, a product of the foster system, it all falls in place. Kate is trying to find her way in a new foster family, while her best friend is out of town for the summer. The new friend she spends time with is up to no good. We see Kate as a strong character and a good YA role model.
Reajanique Ridgeway
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May 11, 2011 added it
I liked this book. I think it was interesting because it was about a girl named Kate and she lives in the hood and doesn't have the money to buy designer clothes. Then she meets a girl named Naleejah and gives her a makeover.
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