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Teen readers will relate to the smart, strong-willed protagonist, Kate….Jordan's thoughtfully rendered characterizations and explanations for Kate's behavior are refreshingly authentic. This novel has the makings of a YA classic, and every YA collection should have a copy. Readers will hope for a sequel. (Vanessa J. Irvin Morris, Drexel University, Philadelphia for Library Journal)

Dream Jordan's Hot Girl is a fantastic first novel…the content reflects the struggles and choices facing a young girl wanting to belong with her peers and also within a family. My students have showered accolades on Hot Girl. (Amy Cheney for School Library Journal)

Characterizations are strong, and voices realistic….Jordan sends a message about doing the right thing…The outcome of Kate's story is positive, and those looking for soft street-lit titles will find the book appealing. (Emily Anne Valente, New York Public Library for SCHOOL School Library Journal)

Librarians will be pleased with an urban fiction offering that does not drag its characters through melodramatic depravity but instead shows teens how it is possible to consciously choose the direction of one's life. (Diane Colson, VOYA)

With authentic dialogue and honest situations, [Hot Girl] will resonate with teens…Many readers will unconsciously absorb some of Kate's grit, determination, and hope by the end of this realistic novel. (Frances Bradburn, Booklistonline)

Readers will fall in love with Jordan's triumphant heroine as she navigates the foster care system with wisdom, wit, endurance and hope...a refreshing and touching read. (Kalisha Buckhanon, Alex awardwinning author of Upstate and Conception)

Hot Girl is a must read... Kate is a young girl struggling to stay positive in the midst of the notorious foster care system. Her wit and perception as she narrates this tale will make readers laugh, cry and cheer her on. This is a no-holds-barred, tell-it-like-it-is tale that every young person can learn from. Dream Jordan has burst on the scene in a big way! (Tracy Brown, Essence bestselling author of White Lines)

About the Author

Dream Jordan is a native of Brooklyn, New York. She graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a bachelor of arts in creative writing. In her spare time, she visits schools to give talks promoting self-awareness and the value of education.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 - 16 years
  • Grade Level: 9 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312382847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312382841
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,037,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By I Teach NYC on December 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
"Teacher, why can't we read books like this in school!!??" She flashes a copy of HOT GIRL, by Dream Jordan in my face. She explains that HOT GIRL is the story of Kate, an urban teenage girl, who starts messing up in school, at home and with boys because she starts following a girl who only values boys and "bling" (money). But she starts to follow her own mind and does the right thing.
After reading my student's copy of the book, I found her review to be quite accurate. I also found the story of Kate to be engaging and well written. I purchased some additional copies and HOT GIRL has spread like wild fire among the students at my urban High School in NYC.
HOT GIRL meets the NYS ELA Core Curriculum Standards 2&4: Independent Reading and Partner Reading. HOT GIRL appeals to both strong and shy readers alike. It's refreshing to hear the dialogue generated by this book.
Having universal appeal, HOT GIRL is a very real and timely coming of age story.
I Teach NYC
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SAH on June 17, 2011
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Dream Jordan's "Hot Girl," is a work of art that packs a punch and is sure to enlighten young adults everywhere - even the most reluctant reader.

Kate, the witty-smart-quick-on-her-feet protagonist had me literally laughing from the onset. She jumps off the page and reels readers into her not-so-storybook life. Teenagers, especially girls who've known the foster care system, will have an instant connection to Kate and feed off of her humor, strength and perseverance.

With decorum, the author illustrates authentic temptation, longing and struggle that many teenagers face. Jordon cleverly teaches young adults a lesson without beating them over the head with a brick. Set in urban Brooklyn, "Hot Girl" is an effective cautionary tale void of the obscenity often found in young adult literature.

Jordon brilliantly grips and showcases reality with sensitivity, style and class. It's a must read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Burchett VINE VOICE on April 10, 2009
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Kate (aka Diamond) grew up in the foster care system. Her parents gave her up when she was one year old and she was moved from one place to the next - not treated right in most of them, ran away from some. She went from an innocent little girl who just wanted to be loved to a girl full of so much anger she joined a gang to a level-headed young lady, still a bit angry but keeping that anger under control whenever possible so she could get through her days with no drama. Her new attitude was thanks to Felicia. Felicia was Kate's math tutor at first and because Felicia saw the good in her and helped her to see her potential, they became best friends.
It was summertime, Felicia wasn't around and Kate was really missing her. Then here comes Naleejah. Kate wasn't looking to replace Felicia as her best friend - no one else could possibly do that; they were way too close. But it was good to have someone else to do things with while Felicia was away.
Kate was a friend to Naleejah, fighting her battles and whatnot, but Naleejah had no clue how to be a friend to Kate. This promiscuous girl had her eyes on Charles, a guy Kate had known since grade school and started crushing on in eighth grade. Naleejah also wasn't the best person for Kate to be around if she wanted to stay focused on becoming a better person. Naleejah did help Kate change her outer appearance from tomboy to "hot girl" but other than that she was not a good influence.
Kate did have good foster parents who truly cared about her, but with all she'd been through in her young life it took her a while to figure that out; she had trust issues. She was also blessed to have her social worker, Tisha, on her side. Like Felicia, Tisha encouraged Kate to want more out of life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Little Willow on August 20, 2009
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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 in turn thank Doret for recommending this book to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra J. on August 6, 2009
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"Hot Girl" by Dream Jordan is one of the best young adult novels of 2009. The story centers around Kate, a rebellious foster child who has been bounced from home to home during the course of her young life. Although Kate yearns for a safe, secure family setting she is constantly sabotaging her current foster situation with foster parents Lynn and Ted. When Kate's best friend Felecia heads to South Africa for a youth trip over the summer, Kate finds herself without a best friend to occupy her time. When Kate meets new girl Naleejah, she finds herself inhabiting a new world of older boys, hanging out at parties, getting into fights with girls, getting a perm without permission and stealing from a store. While Kate yearns to get the attention of her crush, Charles, she is forced to realize that Charles may be looking for a more intense relationship than she is willing to give. As Kate becomes more embroiled in Naleejah's world she begins to realize that Naleejah's problems and lies could drag her down.

Hot Girl is a fantastic book. The dialogue was so authentic that it seemed to come straight from a teen's lips. The emotions of foster child Kate are so raw and real that it makes the reader root for Kate's happy ending. I loved this book from beginning to end and I would highly recommend it to readers both young and old.
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