Meg Cabot 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. But when she ditches art class one day, 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?
All American girl is about a girl called Samantha Madison and she has bad luck on her side. She was born to 2 parents with red hair so her older sister Lucy gets the nice strawberry-blonde hair while she gets the copper wire coloured hair. She is also the middle child, the one stuck right in between Lucy and Rebecca (her weird younger sister, Sam suspects she’s an alien but no-one else backs-up her theory) which means she doesn’t get the new clothes or anything. But recently she’s got a new wardrobe by dying all her clothes black because she’s in mourning for the world (she really mustn’t get out much these days!).
Sam is good at drawing so she has no idea why she got sent to art lessons which are run by this strange lady Susan Boone who looks like an elf queen or something along those lines. Well when she arrived she saw this boy who comments on her converse high-tops which she had decorated with daisies drawn on with a yellow highlighter and Tipp-ex. She thinks she likes him but the art lesson was a bit of a fail as she ‘drew what she saw but not what she knew’ Sam was really confused! But to avoid humiliation next time she thought she would bunk off. So she did, and in the meantime saved a crazy guy from killing the President of America. Now Sam is an instant world famous celebrity and doesn’t like it as much as she thought the, only exception is David the President’s son… Verdict: This book was AMAZING!!! Whoever doesn’t read this will regret it forever! The book was clever and really captures the life of a normal teen. Definitely 10 out of 10. For girls 11-17 I would say. I recommend Meg Cabot’s other books like the Princess Diaries, Teen Idol and Jinx, vey good! Don’t forget to read all American Girl: ready or not, the sequel to this book! Reviewed by Daisy
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: August 2003