Hot Dog Girl
By Jennifer Dugan
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2019. 311 pages. Young Adult
Elouise (Lou) Parker loves Magic Castle Playland. The small amusement park has played a major role in her childhood, so when she’s finally able to start working there as a teen, she’s disappointed to be assigned as the giant dancing hot dog. Still, she gets to ogle her guy crush, Diving Pirate Nick, though he already has a girlfriend, the Princess of the park. Soon she has a scheme to get Nick’s attention, but her best friend Seeley doesn’t quite seem on board like she usually is. Still, Lou is determined to have her summer of romance, though it won’t turn out the way she expects.
Lou is determined that everyone should have their happily ever after, but her one-track-mind seems oblivious to things that, as a reader, were quite obvious early on. It didn’t ruin the story for me, but it was a mildly irritating character flaw. While I found the story to be a cute fluffy romance, it also felt a bit like a soap opera.
I listened to the downloadable audiobook of this title and really enjoyed it. Sometimes text conversations can be difficult to follow at 2x speed audio, but it was actually enjoyable with little dings to signify new messages, and clear voice changes from the narrator. Very well done.