Hot Girl

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?

Reviews from

Write a review (you'll need to sign in to your Goodreads account or sign up) (showing 1-10 of 47)
By Xemilyx (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · April 27, 2010
Meet Kate, a girl who's a lot harder than her super vanilla name suggests. She's already been in and out of a gang, plus a couple foster homes, by the time the story starts. But she's trying to stay on track. The problem is, her brainy best friend is in South Africa for the summer, so she doesn't... ...more
By Alicia · ★★☆☆☆ · September 06, 2010
I wasn't impressed-- I actually expected some sex and a little more pimping-- instead it's actually a mild-mannered story of a girl, Kate (who would loved to be called Diamond around her way) who has been bounced from foster to foster family and now must deal with her best friend's absence when s... ...more
By Madyorie (Salem, MA) · ★★★★★ · September 16, 2014
Originally, I thought that "Hot Girl", by Dream Jordan, was going to be more about a girl that thought she was the best at everything. I was wrong and this book caught my attention in the very first few pages and I could not stop reading this book.
In the beginning of the story, Kate is unhappy... ...more
By Regina (Oak Park, IL) · ★★★★★ · October 27, 2011
Kate is not your average girl from Bed-Stuy. Well, maybe she is, but her past may be decorated a bit more colorfully than most. She is starting on her 14th summer all alone, with a new foster family, a burning crush on her homeboy Charles, and without the guidance of her best friend Felicia who i... ...more
By OOSA (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · November 16, 2008

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'... ...more
By Jennifer (Bloomington, IL) · ★★★☆☆ · November 13, 2012
Reviewed by Jaglvr for

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... ...more
By Brandy (Milwaukee, WI) · ★★★★★ · January 08, 2013
This small novel written for teenagers will change how you pick your friends.The story is mainly about a girl named Kate and how she spent a summer learning many lessons. Kate was no ordinary girl. She was very smart but that summer she really wasn’t using her brain. Naleeja came and erupted Kat... ...more
By Val (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · September 14, 2008
HOT GIRL by Dream Jordan
Publication Date: November 13, 2008
Category: Contemporary
Age Recommendation: Grade 9+
Publisher St. Martin’s Griffin
Reviewed by: JAGLVR
Rating: 4 stars

Kate is fourteen and has grown up in the foster care system in New York. She’s finally living in an environment that is pre... ...more
By Lauryn (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · November 04, 2013
Jordan's purpose in writing her book, Hot Girl, is to show young girls that you should be yourself and not let anyone try to change you. The problems you face only make you stronger. People can overcome anything if you put your mind to it. It also teaches us to be careful of who we put our trust... ...more
By Christy (Newbury Park, CA) · ★★★★☆ · July 03, 2010
"I liked this book. It is the story of Kate and how she has been bounced from foster home to foster home and her life has not been too good. She finally finds a social worker who believes in her, a great friend, a not so great friend and family that might actually want to keep her. As she explore... ...more