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Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan; Narrated by Brittany Pressley
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers / Listening Library
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
This summer Lou Parker is determined to catch the eye and fancy of her long-time crush, Nick, as they both work at Magic Castle Playland amusement park. Hoping to get the role of princess, she gets assigned to be costumed hot dog for the year, and the odds don’t seem to be in her favor. Plus, now the park might be closing, and Lou’s best friend, Seely, isn’t very supportive of her scheme to get Nick to notice her.
Brittany Pressley’s narration brings the wit and character in this rom-com farcical to life. Listeners will cringe with Elouise’s sometimes humiliating and messy moments. The narration enhances Dugan’s well-crafted dialogue, and the production utilizes sound effects when characters are texting, to great effect.
Give this to fans of rom-coms like Jenny Han’s, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Becky Albertalli’s, Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda. This is a good edition for LGBTQ collections for its ability to sidestep the stereotypes of bisexual characters being overly sexual. Listeners that enjoy the witty banter of shows like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Juno, and Gilmore Girls will appreciate the flow of this.
–Christie Kimsey and Danielle Jones