Review of Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan (hardcover)



Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

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.

Jennifer Dugan’s sparkling debut coming-of-age queer romance stars a princess, a pirate, a hot dog, and a carousel operator who find love–and themselves–in unexpected people and unforgettable places.




Hot Dog Girl is a book I meant to read last year, but never got to.  I needed something a bit light, so this seemed like a good time.  This book was pretty cute.


If I’m being honest, Lou annoyed me a lot.  There were times that she made me laugh, but I kind of wanted to smack her, too.  Lou’s crush on Nick was almost more of an obsession.  Nick had a girlfriend, but Lou was hoping to break them up.  She was sure Nick was flirting with her.  After some embarrassing moments in front of him at the park, Lou comes up with a plan.  She found out that Nick’s girlfriend might be cheating on him.  He seemed a bit jealous of Lou’s best friend, Seeley, so Lou wanted to fake date her and see what happened.


While this was going on, Lou was also determined to save the park.  She assumed it was closing because of money, so she wanted to find ways to help out.  Her heart was good, but it was also super selfish.  She didn’t ask the owner why before telling everyone that it won’t close.  The park is where her parents had their first date.  It was also the place Lou’s dad took her when her mom left and never came back.  She was emotionally attached to it.


Lou and Seeley have been best friends for a long time.  Seeley only dates girls, but Lou has dated both girls and boys.  Seeley recently had her heart broken and Lou tried to set her up with someone at the park.  This was before the fake dating scheme.  I adored Seeley.  She had fun hair colors, was an artist, and was just all around nice.  She put up with a lot from Lou at times, but they were always best friends.  They fought, but always made up.  But Lou has finally pushed Seeley a bit too far.


I really ended up liking Nick which surprised me.  The other person I have to mention is Lou’s dad.  Holy crap, he was a great parent.  He stepped up when Lou’s mom left him and he did everything he could to have a close and open relationship with his daughter.


I ended up giving this book 4 stars.  It was cute, but there were some parts that kind of annoyed me.  I did enjoy the writing and will definitely pick up Jennifer Dugan’s second book this year.


Have you read Hot Dog Girl?





Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

12 thoughts on “Review of Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan (hardcover)”

  1. You mentioned Lou getting to be sort of irritating at times, and that was exactly the worry I had every time I saw this book in the past months. I think I might still go for it, but definitely have to be in the right mood to pick it up.

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  2. Lou is the exact reason why I stopped reading this one. It was one of the books I was looking forward to, I love books about theme parks and people working there, but Lou, Oh LORD Lou. She was so irritating and I hated how she tried breaking Nick and his girlfriend up and then decided fake dating was the way to go. 😦
    Wonderful review, happy to see you enjoyed it. 🙂

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