Happy Friday and welcome back to my regularly scheduled weekly book review! I’m bringing this back with one of my FAVORITE new books, so be prepared for lots of exclamation points and excitement (although you really should expect that any time you visit Kait Plus Books, so…), plus a surprise giveaway!!! Today’s post is all about…Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
Published by Putnam on April 30, 2019
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQIA+
Format: Audiobook, eBook, Hardcover
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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.
My Favorite Part
You guys, this book was SO CUTE!!! The thing that gets me sometimes with contemporaries is that they just don’t feel real? But this was SO GROUNDED while also being THE CUTEST BOOK EVER omg!!! And the setting!!! I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that takes place at an amusement park before, but I absolutely LOVED that aspect of it so I’m definitely going to look for more! Oh! And when I was reading the acknowledgements (please validate me and tell me I’m not the only one who reads these) I loved all the Teen Wolf references! It made me miss the height of that fandom on tumblr, which few things do anymore, so go Hot Dog Girl! AND AND AND I listened to this on audiobook, and the narration was just *insert chef kiss here* PERFECT! So in honor of that, I’m hosting a giveaway! See the Giveaway section below for more details!
My Least Favorite Part
I am 150% in love with all the pairings at the end, but at the beginning of the story, I was shipping some different things… (See spoilers section for more info!) Also, if cheating is something that’s going to upset you at all, this probably isn’t the book for you. 🙁
Summing it Up with a GIF
Judging a Book by its Cover
CAN YOU SEE HOW ADORABLE THIS COVER IS???? I would say it’s perfect, but honestly I’m a little in love with how it looks on my instagram so it’s… almost perfect. 9.99/10 stars!!!
If You Liked…
Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (and basically all of Becky Albertalli’s books, honestly), for all the happy queer romcom-ness of it all…
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, because of the romcom cheesiness and lovey dovey smile inducing ships…
Faking It, because of the fake dating and queer romcoms and do you see a theme here…
Then you will LOVE Hot Dog Girl!
I really thought View Spoiler »Lou was going to end up with Jessa?! « Hide SpoilerLike I thought all the View Spoiler »ugh I hate her stuff was just a crush « Hide Spoiler and then I was so wrong, but I was so happy I was wrong??? Because View Spoiler »Seeley was even better « Hide Spoileromg heart eyes forever!!!!
Today’s discussion is all about romcoms! My favorites are always the ones that give me a little time before the couple gets together so that I actually want them to be together by the time it happens. Also, as you may have noticed by my If You Like section, apparently I’m a fan of fake dating! So what are your favorite romcoms and romcom tropes? Do you like fake dating and slow burns (like me) or are you an insta love lover? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous week!
About the Author
Jennifer Dugan is an avid YA and comic writer that strives to create the stories that she wishes she had growing up. Her debut novel Hot Dog Girl was released April 30, 2019 from Penguin/Putnam
She is based out of upstate New York, where she lives with her family and a murderous cat that she adores.
Jennifer Dugan is represented by Brooks Sherman at Janklow & Nesbit, with film rights being handled by Mary Pender-Coplan at United Talent Agency.
Hot Dog Girl was a wonderful book all around, but Brittany Pressley’s narration made the audiobook a complete masterpiece. So today you can enter to win an Audible copy of Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan, narrated by Brittany Pressley! Good luck!
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