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Hot Dog Girl

Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
4 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A fresh and funny contemporary YA rom-com about teens working as costumed characters in a local amusement part.

"I'm wrecked with love for this funny, joyful, bighearted book." (Becky Albertalli, best-selling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda)

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.

"Both classic and new, hysterical and heartfelt, and packed with all the awesomeness and awkwardness of first love, first job, and the painful thrill of growing up." (Mackenzi Lee, best-selling author of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue)

©2019 Jennifer Dugan (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

Hot Dog Girl is a treat of a book packed with scheming, queer romance, and amusement park food. This laugh-out-loud debut made me hungry and stole my heart.” (Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone)

"As hilarious as the title suggests, Jennifer Dugan’s Hot Dog Girl is a novel full of nostalgia, warmth, and heart. Pick this one up for a charming, entertaining read." (Paste Magazine) 

"Relatable and funny, Dugan’s character dialogue and voice capture the awkward/messy/magical summer and keep both the characters and plot real and winning throughout this amusement park ride." (Publishers Weekly

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  • sarah marrie
  • 05-18-19

Perfect read for summer

It’s just a fun read for the majority of this book. It has a load of cute moments sprinkled throughout the book; it’s a perfect read fir summer. Also, Britney Presley does a great job at narrator and is really well suited ti the story too