Thursday, June 27, 2019

Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan - OPTIONAL

Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan, 309 pages.  Putnam (Penguin), 2019.  $18

Language: R (72 swears, 8 “f”); Mature Content: PG (teen drinking); Violence: G



Eloise is excited for her summer job at the local Magical Castle Playland, but not so thrilled when she finds out that her job – again – is to be wear the Hot Dog costume and hang out near the refreshments stand. She is still pining over diving pirate Nick, with his perfect princess girlfriend Jessa.  And her best friend, Seeley is miffed with Eloise for setting Seeley on a bad date with Angie. To make it worse, Mr. P. has announced that this is the last season for the park – he is shutting it down and selling the land. Now Eloise is desperate to raise $2 million to keep the park over AND find a way to catch Nick.  So what if her Nick idea is to pretend to date Seeley in order to make him jealous?

I love that even though the central romance is with an unexpected couple, it really at heart is just a cute mistaken motives, light romance.  Normal!  But silly, because Eloise is slightly neurotic, but with a good heart.

Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS

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