Review: Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

Hi everyone! I hope if you celebrated July 4th this week, you had a great one honoring our freedom. Today I wanted to share a review with you of Hot Dog Girl, which I read last month as one of my “pride reads.” Really, I don’t mind picking up books in this subgenre any time of the year of course, but I was especially glad to have an excuse to pick this one up because the cover and the synopsis also called to me. Just on the cover alone, there is predominantly purple (my favorite color and I keep saying we need more purple covers in the world!), the shadow of a theme park (which I always associate with summer), a cute guy in swim trunks (yeah, I dig man buns–don’t judge me!), and a girl in a hot dog costume! So I’m swooning, reminiscing, and giggling all at the same time on a single cover. I don’t know that any cover has done that for me! Now let’s get to the review.

35843729._sy475_Title: Hot Dog Girl
Author: Jennifer Dugan
Page Count: 320
Release Date: April 30, 2019
Publisher: Putnam

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SYNOPSIS (a la Goodreads): 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.

rainbowcakeMY REVIEW: 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 problem. At that point, she just came off whiny and annoying. However, it does all come to a big all happy ending.

To be honest, there are a few happy endings in a few ways for several characters and that’s really what makes this book. I really felt this book read great. I didn’t have any problems with the pacing, with any of the characters or anything like that.This was a great summer (or anytime) read, great lgbtqia+ rep, really strong all around!

Book Soundtrack: Sunflower – Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse by Post Malone. Swae Lee

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