All-American Girl

All-American Girl

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by Meg Cabot, Ariadne Meyers

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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



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.


1. The president's son just might be in love with her.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Meg Cabot, bestselling author of The Princess Diaries, shoots off literary fireworks in this capital romance about an artistic alterna-girl, whose world is rocked when she saves the life of the U.S. president and gets chummy with his son.

Samantha Madison is an average, cool Washington, D.C., teen: She loves Gwen Stefani (who doesn't?), can draw like nobody's business, and enjoys being opposite to her sister's annoying ultra-social personality. When she ditches art class one day, however, she doesn't expect to be jumping on the back of a wannabe presidential assassin. Soon, the young hero is receiving worldwide acclaim for her bravery, having dinner with her family at the White House, and is even being named teen ambassador to the UN. As if this weren't enough, she and David, the president's son, strike up a friendship that everyone wants the dirt on, which starts to give her romantic "frisson" feelings. Unfortunately, Sam thinks her sister's boyfriend, Jack, is the true love of her life, and she makes a few wrong turns that could screw up what she's developing with David. Will she ever stop following what she knows and start following what she sees?

With a lively story line that will leave you dreaming about dates with American "royalty," All-American Girl is a fast-paced heartwarmer that will quickly zoom to No. 1 on fans' top ten lists. Sam's realistic language and emotions make her a well-developed and likable character, and the relationship between her and David -- although totally coincidental -- has enough unexpected surprises to keep readers glued. A teenage romance with Secret Service agents and presidential motorcades, this modern-day fairy tale is star-spangled fun. Shana Taylor

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Okay, here are the top ten reasons why I can't stand my sister Lucy:

10. I get all her hand-me-downs, even her bras.

9. When I refuse to wear her hand-me-downs, especially her bras, I get the big lecture about waste and the environment. Look, I am way concerned about the environment. But that does not mean I want to wear my sister's old bras. I told Mom I see no reason why I should even have to wear a bra, seeing as how it's not like I've got a lot to put in one, causing Lucy to remark that if I don't wear a bra now then if I ever do get anything up there, it will be all saggy like those tribal women we saw on the Discovery Channel.

8. This is another reason why I can't stand Lucy. Because she is always making these kind of remarks. What we should really do, if you ask me, is send Lucy's old bras to those tribal women.

7. Her conversations on the phone go like this: "No way. . . . So what did he say? . . . Then what did she say? . . . No way. . . . That is so totally untrue. . . . I do not. I so do not. . . . Who said that? . . . Well, it isn't true. . . . No, I do not. . . . I do not like him. . . . Well, okay, maybe I do. Oh, gotta go, call-waiting."

6. She is a cheerleader. All right? A cheerleader. Like it isn't bad enough she spends all her time waving pom-poms at a bunch of Neanderthals as they thunder up and down a football field. No, she has to do it practically every night. And since Mom and Dad are fanatical about this mealtime-is-family-time thing, guess what we are usually doing at five thirty? And who is even hungry then?

5. All of my teachers go: "You know, Samantha, when I had your sister inthis class two years ago, I never had to remind her to:

a) double space
b) carry the one
c) capitalize her nouns in Deutsch
d) remember her swimsuit
e) take off her headphones during morning announcements
f) stop drawing on her pants."

4. She has a boyfriend. And not just any boyfriend, either, but a nonjock boyfriend, something totally unheard-of in the social hierarchy of our school: a cheerleader going with a nonjock boyfriend. And it isn't even that he's not a jock. Oh, no, Jack also happens to be an urban rebel like me, only he really goes all out, you know, in the black army surplus trench coat and the Doc Martens and the straight Ds and all. Plus he wears an earring that hangs.

But even though he is not "book smart," Jack is very talented and creative artistically. For instance, he is always getting his paintings of disenfranchised American youths hung up in the caf. And nobody even graffitis them, the way they would if they were mine. Jack's paintings, I mean.

As if that is not cool enough, Mom and Dad completely hate him because of his not working up to his potential and getting suspended for his anti-authoritarianism and calling them Carol and Richard to their faces instead of Mr. and Mrs. Madison.

It is totally unfair that Lucy should not only have a cool boyfriend but a boyfriend our parents can't stand, something I have been praying for my entire life, practically.

Although actually at this point any kind of boyfriend would be acceptable.

3. In spite of the fact that she is dating an artistic rebel type instead of a jock, Lucy remains one of the most popular girls in school, routinely getting invited to parties and dances every weekend, so many that she could not possibly attend them all, and often says things like, "Hey, Sam, why don't you and Catherine go as, like, my emissaries?" even though if Catherine and I ever stepped into a party like that we would be vilified as sophomore poseurs and thrown out onto the street.

2. She gets along with Mom and Dad -- except for the whole Jack thing -- and always has. She even gets along with our little sister, Rebecca, who goes to a special school for the intellectually gifted and is practically an idiot savant.

But the number-one reason I can't stand my sister Lucy would have to be:

1. She told on me about the celebrity drawings.

Chapter One

She says she didn't mean to. She says she found them in my room, and they were so good she couldn't help showing them to Mom.

Of course, it never occurred to Lucy that she shouldn't have been in my room in the first place. When I accused her of completely violating my constitutionally protected right to personal privacy, she just looked at me like, Huh? even though she is fully taking U.S. Government this semester.

Her excuse is that she was looking for her eyelash curler.

Hello. Like I would borrow anything of hers. Especially something that had been near her big, bulbous eyeballs.

Instead of her eyelash curler, which of course I didn't have, Lucy found this week's stash of drawings, and she presented them to Mom at dinner that night.

"Well," Mom said in this very dry voice. "Now we know how you got that C-minus in German, don't we, Sam?"

This was on account of the fact that the drawings were in my German notebook.

"Is this supposed to be that guy from The Patriot?" my dad wanted to know. "Who is that you've drawn with him? Is that . . . is that Catherine?"

"German," I said, feeling that they were missing the point, "is a stupid language."

"German isn't stupid," my little sister Rebecca informed me. "The Germans can trace their heritage back to ethnic groups that existed during the days of the Roman Empire. Their language is an ancient and beautiful one that was created thousands of years ago."

"Whatever," I said. "Did you know that they capitalize all of their nouns? What is up with that?"

"Hmmm," my mother said, flipping to the front of my German notebook. "What have we here?"

My dad went, "Sam, what are you doing drawing pictures of Catherine on the back of a horse with that guy from The Patriot?"

"I think this will explain it, Richard," my mother said, and she passed the notebook back to my dad.

In my own defense, I can only state that, for better or for worse, we live in a capitalistic society. I was merely enacting my rights of individual initiative by supplying the public -- in the form of most of the female student population at John Adams Preparatory School -- with a product for which I saw there was a demand. You would think that my dad, who is an international economist with the World Bank, would understand this.

But as he read aloud from my German notebook in an astonished voice, I could tell he did not understand. He did not understand at all.

"You and Josh Hartnett," my dad read, "fifteen dollars. You and Josh Hartnett on a desert island, twenty dollars. You and Justin Timberlake, ten dollars. You and Justin Timberlake under a waterfall, fifteen dollars. You and Keanu Reeves, fifteen dollars. You and -- " My dad looked up. "Why are Keanu and Josh more than Justin?"

"Because," I explained, "Justin has less hair."

"Oh," my dad said. "I see." He went back to the list.

All-American Girl. Copyright © by Meg Cabot. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her award-winning adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of bestselling young adult fiction, including The Princess Diaries and the Mediator series. More than twenty-five million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.

Brief Biography

New York, New York
Place of Birth:
Bloomington, Indiana
B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

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All-American Girl (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 807 reviews.
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Celeste Koch More than 1 year ago
Samantha Madison is my role model. She has a strong personality and she isnt afraid to express herself. The story is entertainingly told from her perspective and i highly recommend buying this book. 8)
Kaitlyn Mcfarlan More than 1 year ago
LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!! It was so cute and sweet and original. I could not put it down. Samatha had such entertaining thoughts. It is amazing how well Meg Cabot captured a teenaged girls mind so well. It was not all like lovey dovey romance novels for teens but more focused on the feeing of being around your love. On top of all that awkard moments with your crush it is all in the public eye. It is defently a new way of putting the teenagers falling love.
Natalie Lyman More than 1 year ago
O my goodness i love this book i could not put it down read in less than 1 day!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All American Girl, is a great story for an englishclass and to read as independent reading.
CC666 More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK SOOOO MUCH. Very well-written and hilarious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't really like Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries, but I really enjoyed this book. It was really funny and enjoyable, and I kept wanting to find out what happened to Samantha. I think anyone who reads this book will really anjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 9 years old and Meg Cabot just became my all time favorite author. It is a great book and I recamend it to anyone who wants an entertaining book they can not put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW this book is an amazing book. It is so good because the author does a great job of not leting you put down the book. I think that any girl 10 and older will really enjoy this book. If you like this book reply and tell me what you like about it. You will NOT regret it, believe me I know what it is like finding a book you really like.
Mic4y More than 1 year ago
I've had this book since 2004 if not '03. I loved this book and over the years i always go back to it and it brings back so many memories. I first read this book when i was 11 now i'm in college and i still love it. I might even get a new one since mines is all worn out. This book will bring a smile to your face, i don't know how anyone could hate it and i find Sam to be more interesting than Mia (sorry. But i do love the princess diaries too). It is an easy read, especially if your looking for a book to pass time not if your looking for something with a deep emotional heart-breaking story. I recommend the sequel to this book ready or not where Sam is more grown up; although i liked the first one better because Cabot took her time whereas some of the last names and facts where wrong on the second one with Lucy's boyfriend for example.
BookwormKD More than 1 year ago
i enjoyed reading this book but there was just something about it that felt off cause i didn't like it. but idk what that something is so i still recommend it. this is about a girl who accidently saves the president. meg caobt is a great writer and also recommend the mediator series and the airhead series (both by meg cabot). if you liked this book i also recommend the Gallagher Girls series: id tell you i love you but then id have to kill you, cross my heart and hope to spy, and don't judge a girl by her cover (don't judge a girl by her cover is the most like this book but you have to read the first two first or it wont make since)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though i really liked this book it is not a book everyone might like to read. For example, I enjoyed the bit of romance in the book but not evertone would agree. Some people i know might get a little bored with the book. Also it is more for the middle school to high school crowd. I wouldnt recommend this to a 3rd grader. But overall it is a very good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buy this is slightly educatuonal, fun, hilarious, and you feel like you are living the story being told.....highly recommended:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite book by Meg Cabot is Airhead I just Loooove it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A heable 's not like the really all american girl book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not buy this book. I read the 1st chapter and hated it. Sam and david? Im warning you to not waste your $. This is a no star book
susanna schuler More than 1 year ago
I loved this book finished it in less than a day! Meg cabot is a very talented author read this book!
Emma Kuhl More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read! Go Sam!
loverofvamps More than 1 year ago
this book is a cant put down book. the story line i9s great, and the mains are good too, who wouldnt want to, have a boyfriend like davi? he is like the perfect guy. this is a most read book.
VamploverSS More than 1 year ago
i really loved this book. i read it in two days, sooo good. lol and even tho its about someone younger than me, i still think the story line (obviously not the saving of the president) applies to everyone. where sometimes u dont see wats right in front of you. and its cute too. it made me crack up more than a few times. read it. its sweet, truthful, and funny. you'll like it. :D
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. When you first started to read this book you'd hesitate a little because it's kind of boring but then like after two chapters you don't want to stop. It's so funny and breathtaking you won't want to stop reading this book over and over.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I've never been a fan of Meg Cabbot, but I thought this book would be good. Turns out it wasn't that great. I started reading it and couldn't read on. It upsets me i couldn't make it half way through the book.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I love this book so much. I love how sam has such a strong and fun personality. Some parts in the book i could relate to which was pretty cool and made me enjoy it a lot more. Anyone who reads this book i garentee will love it.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
All-American Girl is the first book in the All American Girl series by Meg Cabot. I don't think there's a person out there who can't relate to Sam. Okay, maybe not everyone has saved the life of a president, but her mental chatter as she goes through everyday life is so funny and completely easy to relate to. She's spunky, witty, and smart. She has some character growth happening too as she grows into herself more and more. I liked her a lot. I didn't care for Lucy too much, but she grew on me in the end. This was such a cute story. I would have loved this book when I was in high school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I give it 5 stars