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Hot Girl by Dream Jordan

Hot Girl

by Dream Jordan

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Plenty of the "usual" street lit stuff (name brands, hairstyles, fancy cars), but main character Kate has more depth and self knowledge than many of her counterparts. At 14, she's already made lots of bad choices and is learning what she wants and how she wants to get it - her own way. She's still influenced by her peers, but is careful not to give in to peer pressure. A smart teen who makes mistakes and makes her way in the world. ( )
  ErlangerFactionless | Mar 31, 2014 |
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I couldn't really get into this book. Tried a couple times but didn't get past the first chapter. ( )
  razzbelly | Oct 22, 2009 |
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Kate is fourteen and has grown up in the foster care system in New York. She's finally living in an environment that is pretty stable, as far as foster care goes. She lives with Lynn and Ted and she actually has her own room. That's never happened before. So why would she want to ruin such a good thing?

It's the summer and her best friend, Felicia, has gone on a two-month trip to South Africa. Kate had the chance to go with her, but when she found out some girls that were giving her trouble in the past were also going on the trip, Kate pulled herself out. She's regretting her decision, because she's stuck in the city with no one to hang with.

Kate is hanging out at a basketball court watching her homeboy, Charles, play ball with his buddies. While she's sitting in the bleachers, a fly girl (a very hip, together gal) strolls into the stands and sits down with her. The girl starts chatting up Kate and sounding very cool and grown up. This is how Naleejah enters Kate's life and changes her summer. Though the changes might not all be for the better.

Naleejah has the hottest clothes, knows how to dress and look perfect, and, most importantly to Kate, how to get the guys. Kate's never had a boyfriend and doesn't have the funds to plan her own make-over. But with Naleejah's know-how and help, soon Kate transforms into a hot girl. Kate loves how fly she looks now, but her foster parents are concerned that she's dealing drugs.

As the summer simmers by, Kate has to evaluate her friendship with Naleejah. Kate is starting to realize that she's always following Naleejah's plans and never getting the respect she deserves from the friendship. She misses her friend Felicia terribly, and her situation in her foster home is tenuous at best.

When she finally starts getting the attention from Charles she's always craved (since second grade), Kate makes some hard decisions that she will have to live with for the rest of her life.

HOT GIRL is a story of a strong girl stuck in a situation that's far from her control. She doesn't have to let the foster care system turn her into a girl of the streets if she chooses to make the right decisions. Ms. Jordan's novel is a blunt and straightforward look at the hard life faced by inner city children stuck in the system. It's not an easy portrait, but Kate is a strong role model for any girl in a similar situation. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 11, 2009 |
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It's good read to get a feel of how others live and what they go through but very predictable. If I was parent leting my my teenage child read this I wouldn't go by the rating I would at least wait until she was 15 to read this book and talk about some of the topics that were diccussed in the book. A book that is very appealing to teens. ( )
  DreamerGrl | Jul 26, 2009 |
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Kate's best friend is away from the summer. She meets another girl at a basketball game, and they become friends. But this girl is into living hard and fast - and Kate's foster parents aren't going to put up with that. ( )
  lilibrarian | Jul 22, 2009 |
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It’s summertime in Bed-Stuy “Do or Die” Brooklyn, and Kate is feeling down in the dumps. Not only is she tired of her raggedy, tomboy image, but she’s also missing her best friend, Felicia, who’s away for the summer. Lonely and not exactly getting along with her new foster mother, Lynn, Kate so badly wants to be out and about, twirling pretty, and partying---and maybe catching the attention of her longtime crush, Charles.

Opportunity knocks one hot summer day when fly-girl Naleejah struts her stuff straight up to Kate and takes a seat. Full of smiles, Naleejah tells Kate that she remembers her from school, but Kate can’t remember ever having such a fabulous chick trying to befriend her. Kate’s suspicion turns to trust once Naleejah gives her a much-needed makeover.

Now a brand-new Kate suddenly has the attention of her dream boy. But is Naleejah checking for him, too? Against Kate’s better judgment, she ignores the warning signs, and continues to let Naleejah lead her down a treacherous path. Soon, what seems like a fun and exciting summer ends up being a harsh reality check. Now Kate must decide how to get back on the right track . . . or is it already too late?

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:21 -0400)

Kate, a fourteen-year-old Brooklyn girl and former gang member, risks losing her first good foster family when she adopts the risqué ways of her flirtatious new friend, Naleejah.

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