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Hot Dog Girl: 08/31/20

Hot Dog Girl

Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan is set during the last summer season of the Magic Castle Playland. Elouise (Lou) Parker has been hired again to be the hot dog girl. She's gone into the job with enthusiasm and optimism, but is devastated when the closure is announced at the welcome dinner.

Lou decides to use her last summer at Playland to save the amusement park. She has a handful of different schemes but the one that takes off is a bake sale. Who knew the diving prince could bake from scratch?

Hot Dog Girl reminds me of a blend of Amagi Brilliant Park (minus the fantasy elements) and Chicken Girl by Heather Smith (2019). Unlike the anime, there's no saving Magic Castle Playland and there's every reason not to save it.

I found it an enjoyable, quick read. Along with the scheming, there's also romance — best friends to lovers. That plot is similar to Leah on the Offbeat (2018) with less melodrama.

Four stars

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