All-American Girl by Meg Cabot
Publication: HarperTeen (2003), Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages / ISBN 0064472779
Genre: Chick Lit, Teen
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First sentence: Okay, here are the top ten reasons why I can’t stand my sister Lucy: I get all her hand-me-downs, even her bras.
I’ve never read Meg Cabot before. I know, I know! I kinda remember reading part of The Princess Diaries, but I didn’t like it enough to continue and I never tried anything else. Until now, obviously.
Summary from Amazon:
While waiting for her ride home from an after-school art class, Samantha Madison, a sophomore at John Adams Preparatory School in Washington, DC, inadvertently saves the President’s life by jumping on the back of a would-be assassin. Suddenly, she is a celebrity, invited to the White House for dinner, named the teen ambassador to the U.N., and revered by her fellow classmates. Yet, even her new star status doesn’t allow her to get what she really wants-a date with her sister’s boyfriend, Jack. Hoping to make him jealous, she asks out the President’s son. The plan backfires, but Samantha discovers who she really is in the process.
I was pleasantly surprised with this book! Yeah, the situation is impossible but it’s fun, and cute, and it’s got some good thoughts hidden in amongst the silliness. Samantha unfortunately annoys me a little too much, but it’s more in a stupid-little-sister way than this-character-is-fake way. If that makes sense. I still rooted for her and David (the President’s son) to get together, and for Sam to change into a better, less irritating person. The other characters don’t really stand out as much, even Lucy and Jack, but honestly, when I was reading the book I didn’t really care.
The writing was good, for what the book was, and though some of the pop culture references are now horribly dated (poor Heath Ledger, for instance, makes a cameo as one character’s dream man) it still holds up pretty well. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a fluffy, quick read.
Apparently there’s a sequel; I’m not sure how it’d work, but I might check it out. The thing is, All-American Girl doesn’t really seem like it needs a sequel. Which book sequels do you think are unnecessary?