Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
Hot Dog Girl was not a book I’d ever heard of until Scribd.
But I really like finding books that way. While I know books, authors and franchises need publicity to survive, I love coming across new or old but much loved stories that have seemed to pass the radar.
I’d see Hot Dog Girl be mentioned once by a friend in a tweet, but that was it.
But then I saw it on Scribd and saw it was only seven hours long and thought, sure! Why not?
So firstly, Hot Dog Girl is the sweetest. Like, candy floss at a fun fair sweet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s real in parts too. But there are a lot of things that are so sweet that you have to have the benefit of the doubt.
I think the worst part for me is that I wasn’t a big fan of protagonist, Elouise. True, like most characters she develops and overcomes the things that are holding her back or not making her a great person. But the story had a lot of lying, faking and manipulating situations so that another character would fall in love with her.
It’s childish, but I guess also funny sometimes, but it meant the side stories that I found more interesting weren’t written well enough, and sometimes didn’t come up until much later. I always forget myself when I’m reading teen fiction that what I may deem as immature is actually realistically enjoyable for a teen audience. After all, they are the target demographic for teen fiction, believe it or not.
However, I did still really enjoy this book. It was sweet, funny, and a fun thing to listen to walking to and from work. I reckon if I’d read it, I might have struggled.