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Hot Girl [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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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?

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Diane Colson
Fourteen-year-old Kate knows all about tough times. Abandoned by her parents, she has been bouncing around foster homes all her life. As Kate is watching her crush, Charles, play basketball, she is intrusively befriended by Naleejah, a flashy dresser with "a fierce sexy strut." Kate's true best friend, Felicia, is traveling in South Africa for the summer, so Naleejah's shallow company feels better than nothing. Najeelah straightens Kate's hair and gives her cute clothes, but she also draws Kate into fights and the local dope scene. Kate has worked hard to gain distance from her own troubled past, mainly because Felicia has called out Kate's intelligence and challenged her to become more than a cheap gangster. But with Felicia so far away, Kate finds it nearly impossible to avoid disaster, with girlfriend Najeelah playing the chief instigator. Although Kate's story comes across in the same gritty vein as other African American urban novels, it is very much a character study. Using street dialect, Jordan explores Kate's inner struggles to control frustration and rage while maintaining a positive vision for the future. Readers will cheer as Kate realizes that the much-cherished Charles is really a hapless player and that Najeelah is not only self-centered but also deeply troubled. 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. Reviewer: Diane Colson
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Gr 8-10

Tired of bouncing from foster family to foster family, Kate, 14, is trying to make it in her new placement in Bed-Sty, Brooklyn. She's finally getting good grades and has a great friend in good-girl Felicia. When Felicia goes away for the summer, fly-girl Naleejah befriends Kate, winning her over by giving her a makeover and teaching her how to grab the attention of her longtime crush. But when Kate lies and goes to a house party on Long Island, she risks her newfound stability. Characterizations are strong, and voices realistic. There are some sexual situations and drug use, but Kate seems to have her head on straight. Through her, Jordan sends a message about doing the right thing, which sometimes seems a bit preachy. 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

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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 award-winning 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

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429948043
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/11/2008
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 395,106
  • Age range: 11 - 16 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet 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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  • Posted January 11, 2011

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    A Real Page Turner!!!!!

    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. 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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

    "Hot Girl" Tingles with Power & Promise!

    "Hot Girl," is a beautifully written, engaging and priceless gem by author Dream Jordan which I happened upon that provoked and rendered me both helpless and empowered all at the same time. I was elatedly empowered by the God-given hope, talent and power that resides in all of us that's so colorfully depicted and developed in the resonating determination of the main character "Kate," yet I was held captive and emotionally frustrated by the stark reality of the "circumstances," powerfully addressed in this book that young people of all ethnic backgrounds, especially those in foster care have to endure and negotiate.

    Unfortunately, thousands of potential drama-inclined readers will deprive themselves of "Hot Girl," simply because this well-crafted, structured, socially relevant and feverish work is easily "mis-diagnosed," as the typical urban teen dilemma fiction piece when in fact, it is a poignant, coming-of-age, self-actualizing, personal challenge-to- triumph story indicative of all races that draws attention to the intricacies and fragility of making new and sustaining genuine friendships. Exposed even more, "Hot Girl," potently sheds light on the implicit social disgrace and insecurities that foster care children (and adults) grapple with and experience on a daily basis.

    Both men and women audacious enough to step out of their banal reading comfort zone to imbibe and enjoy "Hot Girl," will come away celebrating "Kate," and identifying with all of the book's characters to feel both enlightened and undeniably optimistic. "Hot Girl," tingles with power and promise and I'm now fondly anticipating my next "Dream!"

    Great "NJ Transit or NYC subway" ride home read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 1, 2013

    To hottyhey sexy

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    i love this

    i love this book.

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  • Posted December 12, 2010

    change is everything

    changes the way you look, act , and also talk to make yourself a better person for others

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    Enjoyable

    Easy read, I like that Kate could stay down and not compromise her integrity.

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  • Posted August 27, 2009

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    HOT GIRL.....?HOT READ!!!!!

    GREAT BOOK .....YOU WOULD NOT PUT IT DOWN....MOST OF THE BOOKS I READ AND WROTE A REVIEW FOR.. MOSTLY SAID "CANT PUT IT DOWM", BUT THATS HOW GOOD THEY ARE... THE STORYLINE IS SO RELATIABLE AND YOU AGREE WITH THE MAIN CHARACTER....YOU WOULD SOMEWHAT RELATE TO THE OTHER CHACATERS... UHM..MAYBE... BUT THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES!

    -PEACE//

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  • Posted December 21, 2008

    NYC Teens Love Hot Girl!!

    ¿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.<BR/>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. <BR/>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. <BR/>Having universal appeal, Hot Girl is a very real and timely coming of age story.<BR/>I Teach NYC

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  • Posted November 20, 2008

    Perfect Book For Teens!

    Hot Girl by Dream Jordan<BR/><BR/>As soon as I opened the box and saw the cover of Dream Jordan 's book I knew it was going to be a hit with my youth. Then I read the back and I was sure of it. Reading the book was simply confirmation. My readers for the most part are NOT readers, and don't read as long as they have ANYthing else to do, so a book has to catch their attention from the beginning with the cover and live up to the cover with the content. Dream's book has it all and I can't keep it on the shelf! My youth are struggling with the many issues raised in the book: true friendship, materialism, being parented by foster parents, doing the right thing, issues with sexuality and boundaries. It's a terrific book for girls AND boys. ~ Amy Cheney, Librarian, Juvenile Hall; 2009 Chair Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers<BR/><BR/><BR/>"Hot Girl is a very fast going book that keep up with me and is a perfect book for teen. The cover is very sexy and eye catching." ~Tony<BR/><BR/>"I liked that Kate was smart enough to leave the friend she thought she had and return to the friend she knew she had. I like the half face on the cover because it shows a girl who was beautiful in her own way." Khalilah<BR/><BR/>"I liked the way the book was formated. even the ending was great. the character was so cool and did what she had to do. " Laura

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2008

    Impressive Debut

    Hot Girl is about a young girl who makes a bad choice in friendship. This novel shows what can happen when you let the wrong person in your life. It was so refreshing to read. Kate is a funny and witty character. You will fall in love with Kate and will be rooting for her all the way!

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

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    Irreplaceable

    Kate, a foster child, has always felt alone and joined a gang to fit in. From fighting, drinking and drugs, Kate meets Felicia, and wants to alter her lack of and begins to work harder in school and takes an interest in living instead of going along with the flow of things. Felicia's away and Kate finds herself alone yet again. While her foster mother makes an effort to bridge the gap between them, Kate has already decided that she's not trying to get too wrapped up. <BR/><BR/>Watching Charles ball, her boy friend that she wishes was her boyfriend, Kate meets Naleejah. While Kate has gradually made changes she finds herself back making terrible choices and desperate to be accepted. When she finally sees Naleejah for the fake two dollar bill she really is, is it too late to right the wrongs? <BR/><BR/>"Hot Girl" is a good read, but I think that Dream Jordan could've provided readers with more details and made the book that much more. <BR/><BR/>Reviewed by: Lauren <BR/>OOSA's Teen Reviewer

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  • Posted November 16, 2008

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    It was good

    This book wasnt OMG! but the it was a good fun quick read. the main character learned alot about herself in the book and i also learned something too.

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  • Posted November 13, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

    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? <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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.

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  • Posted November 7, 2008

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    Significant Read for All Ages

    I was lucky to win a free copy of "Hot Girl". I didn't realize it was Teen Fiction until I retrieved it from the mailbox. However, I wasn't dissatisfied. <BR/><BR/>Kate, a former ¿bad¿ girl, has been in foster care for as long as she can remember. She¿s finally living with a respectable foster family and excelling in school. <BR/><BR/>At a local basketball game, she meets the glitzy, Naleejah. Soon after, she volunteers to ¿upgrade¿ the homely Kate, into a bona fide ¿hottie¿. Willing to risk backlash from her foster mother, Kate is eager to rid herself of her plain Jane persona, hoping to catch the eye of Charles, her childhood crush. <BR/><BR/>All of the characters in ¿Hot Girl¿ are significant and beneficial to the storyline. Particularly, Kate¿s best friend, Felicia who immediately recognizes that Kate is special. Upon introduction, Felicia is accommodating and encouraging. Much to the dismay of Kate. <BR/><BR/>Lastly, Kate¿s tale demonstrates that willpower, perseverance as well as surrounding yourself with positive individuals are essential to attaining success.

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