All-American Girl by Meg Cabot

All-American Girl by Meg CabotAll-American Girl (All-American Girl #1) by Meg Cabot
Published: HarperTrophy (2003), Paperback, 398pg
Source: Bought
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance


Top Ten Reasons Samantha Madison is in Deep Trouble
10. Her big sister is the most popular girl in school
9. Her little sister is a certified genius
8. She's in love with her big sister's boyfriend
7. She got caught selling celebrity portraits in school
6. And now she's being forced to take art classes
5. She's just saved the president of the United States from an assassination attempt
4. So the whole world thinks she is a hero
3. Even though Sam knows she is far, far from being a hero
2. And now she's been appointed teen ambassador to the UN
And the number-one reason Sam's life is over?
1. The president's son just might be in love with her



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.

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?

Read: February 2009

Other reviews: Bookworm Burrow | semper me invenio | Reading Is Sexy

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