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Hot Girl by Dream Jordan

August 20th, 2009 (04:09 pm)
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Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: NCIS score music

Fourteen-year-old Kate, a foster kid living in Brooklyn, is fairly bored and lonely this summer because her best friend is far away, on a trip in South Africa. Kate makes a new friend named Najeelah, a girl who dresses to impress and has boyfriends galore. When Kate gets a makeover and new-old (hand-me-down) wardrobe from Najeelah, she gets a total confidence boost - enough to start flirting with her crush and long-time friend Charles. But when Najeelah's risky behavior puts Kate in some tricky situations, Kate must decide whether her new friend is worth the risk.

Kate is world-weary due to her early-in-life parental abandonment and subsequent bouncing from foster home to foster home. The damage she has done to herself and others (such as her time in a gang) is revealed in flashbacks here and there when she considers where she's been - and where she's going. Her recent efforts to become a better student have also made her a better person. Her best friend Felicia and her social worker Tisha are very supportive, and her current foster parents are good people - even if Kate doesn't always see eye-to-eye with her foster mom.

Kate's summer story is a very good one, and I recommend it, especially to those who read this month's readergirlz selection, Kendra by Coe Booth. I thank Doret for recommending this book to me.


Posted by: thehappynappybookseller.blogspot.com (thehappynappybookseller.blogspot.com)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)

Little Willow, happy to hear you enjoyed Hot Girl. I found Hot Girl serious at times but it still had some very funny moments. The author found a great balance. I read this and Kendra back to back and I couldn't help but think Kate and Kendra would get along nicely.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)

It was so good!

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