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Hot Girl: A Novel Paperback – November 11, 2008
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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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Bored and with nothing to do, she wanders off to watch her homeboy Charles play at a basketball game, and that's where she meets Naleejah for the first time. Little does Kate know her life was about to change, and not in a good way. Naleejah exemplified everything you don't want in a friend.
The theme throughout this book is about choices, and how choices influence and affect your life for better or worse. Dream Jordan weaves in topics, such as the importance of education, and practicing safe sex.
Overall, Dream Jordan wrote a relevant book that I believe should be on the required reading list of every Junior High School, foster care system and juvenile detention center across the country.
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. She looked out for Kate and always had her best interests in mind.
This was a good book; a real page turner! Although things that Kate went through as a foster child saddened me, I enjoyed reading her story and the way she told it was so entertaining. I liked the way she talked. I liked that she had a whole lot of common sense. I liked how she was trying so hard to do the right thing. True, she made bad choices sometimes, couldn't quite resist temptation, but she learned from her mistakes. I liked the way she spoke up for herself, and I loved her spunk!
Hot Girl is very well-written. The whole story flowed so nicely and the characters and situations are believable. There were parts that made me laugh and I always appreciate a good laugh. I highly recommend Dream Jordan's debut novel.
Parents: There's very little profanity in this book, however, there are sexual situations; nothing too graphic, though.
I was immediately interested in all of the characters. The main character, Kate, a foster child, shows us a realistic view of the temptations that many teenagers contend with - drugs, sex, dishonesty, etc. We see a teenager who, in spite of her own often unstable and forlorn existence, manages to see the wisdom in both avoiding peer pressure and staying committed to the things in her life that will lead to her ultimate independence and success. This is a great example for all teenagers.
Through Kate, I felt what it is like to be a foster child - the loneliness, the instability, the fear, the pain, the need to love and feel loved, to know that there are people you can trust...
I found Hot Girl to be very insightful and enjoyable.