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All-American Girl (All-American Girl #1)

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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
Paperback, 398 pages
Published July 22nd 2003 by HarperTrophy (first published June 7th 2002)
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Aug 11, 2009 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-ya
This is a good book if you're just looking for a quick read on vacation or a weekend. Not too intellectually stimulating but, like many of Meg Cabot's books, a good day dream.
Caitlin Brown
Top Ten Reasons WHY You Should Read This Book:

10. It's by Meg Cabot, the brilliant woman behind The Mediator Series, The Princess Diaries and other stuffish.

9. It's a nice break from all those SUPER SERIOUS SMART BOOKS you read and, let's face it, you need a break and some good chick lit. I mean, it's great to constantly improve your mind with salad and oatmeal, but in-between a good candy bar is tasty.

8. The narrator is awesome, awkward and a total dork.

7. It's completely unbelievable and yet
Aug 17, 2016 ellemaddy rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I read it when I was in the fifth grade and when I reread it now it brings back so many old memories, good and bad.

I remember back in fifth grade I had like the biggest crush on these 2 guys who shall remain nameless and I just wouldn't shut up about it. Honestly I'm a bit shocked I got through the fifth grade without getting strangled by my friends at least once. I talked about these 2 guys so much that I started code naming them Jack and David from the character in All-Ameri
Samantha is caught selling celebrity portraits at school and so her mother decides that maybe she needs a creative outlet and signs her up for art classes. Samantha does not want to take art classes, she doesn't think that they would be any use to her, and when she runs it by her older sister's boyfriend, Jack (whom she's secretly in love with) he totally agrees with her. Samantha decides to just go to the first class and then she'll ditch it, but she finds that it is actually kind of interestin ...more
Steph Su
Apr 12, 2009 Steph Su rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites-2
Sophomore Samantha Madison is redheaded, a middle child, left-handed, and, in her opinion, one of the only teenage girls left who have not succumbed to the soul-sucking fashion trends of modern-day society. She's a wannabe radical: she dyed her wardrobe black, and she's in love with her popular older sister Lucy's boyfriend Jack, who's as "radical" as they get.

Sam thinks it's the end of her already lousy world when, as a punishment for bad grades, her parents send her to art lessons at Susan Bo
Howdy YAL
Mar 29, 2015 Howdy YAL rated it really liked it
I think this book is very interesting to look to from a political perspective. Well, like political time capsule perspective. The early 2000’s were a very different world, politically, for America and it shows in here. Ultra patriotism, right wing administration, pop culture references.

That is purely a Meg Cabot thing. Not a political thing. But still,interesting to see how things have changed in ten years. But I’m not going to bore you with that.

I really did like this book, even after all this
Jan 30, 2016 Muse-ic rated it liked it
Fun. Frustrating.
Also, I've noticed that most of Meg Cabot's teenage female protagonists are very nearly the same. Sure they look different, but they all asks the same questions, they all have the same tone, most of them are outcasts, and the boys they fall in love with are the boys that correspond to each other in the books.
Another thing they all have in common? They're all insufferably ANNOYING! Like Please Kill me, I can't take any more of this annoying.

Samantha Madison sees a gu
May 29, 2008 Qian rated it really liked it
Samantha Madison was an ordinary teenager who has a great talent for drawing, but she has a weird habit is that she only wears black no matter what. Comparing to her two extraordinary sisters she is always the one who is being left out and forgot, but I guess she was satisfied with her life now. Samantha’s older sister named Lucy and she is one of the most beautiful and popular girl in her high school. Her younger sister is also remarkable because she is a genius who attend some special school f ...more
Bipasha{is eviscerated by fiction}
Mar 06, 2014 Bipasha{is eviscerated by fiction} rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bipasha{is eviscerated by fiction} by: Especially people who look down upon Chick Lit
3.5 All American Stars. I know, i know, I couldn't get any more obvious and cheeky in the prefixes. My Math Exams tend to do that.

Samantha Madison
(okay, fine, I know every second reviewer has reviewed this way, but I want to, and will anyway...:P)

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 bein
Review originally posted here.

I've lost count on how many times I read this book, All-American Girl is one of my favorite Cabot's books and when I was younger a yearly re-read was obligatory. As usual with books/movies that are favorites of mine on the past, upon a re-read things change, some things that I remembered remained the same and others not so much.

The thing that most changed for me was the way Samantha voice sounded, she seemed a lot more judgmental and immature on the way she faced th
The name of this book is called "The all american girl" by Meg Cabot. She saved the presidents life and she thinks that her life is so horrible!She gets a feeling that the presidents son. shes taking all of these art lessons and she doesn't like any bit of her life. Everything's just so crazy for her at school and at home. Her sister is hot according to everyone and she knows every bit about relationships and everything in between. Her younger sister is talented and she just don't think that sh ...more
Emily Snyder
Aug 22, 2016 Emily Snyder rated it really liked it
Oh man, I was SO obsessed with this book when I first read it. I remember thinking about it for a while after, which meant a lot to me at the time. It's been years since I've read it again, but I may have to now!
Kayla Hamilton
May 04, 2008 Kayla Hamilton rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: neone who likes 2 read teen romance novels
Recommended to Kayla by: myself. I bought it. Then after a yr or so of buying it, I got b
This was my 1st romance novel that I ever read.
It's really good, and really sweet.
I love ne kind of teen romance novel.

If U like to trick things up a lil' bit, wat u can do is when your reading a teen love story, make/Imagine the main girlfriend, or girl as u, and the boyfriend, or the guy love interest, as someone u like. Like a boyfriend, or even a singer or actor like I do :).

But I LOVE this book.
I'm writing my own teen novel write now, and I made the guy's name David, just like the guy's nam
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Aug 18, 2015 Fafa's Book Corner rated it did not like it
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Dec 14, 2009 Nikoleta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: grade-8-ir-book
All- American Girl is about Sam, who is a really good artist but gets a bad grade in German and her mom sends her to art classes for her punishment. There Sam meets David who tells her that she has really cute boots and that staples to her mind. Although she is in love with her sister's boyfriend. The second time she is supposed to go to art class she decides that she wants to skip it. Just before she gets picked up Sam sees the President and this guy that wants to shoot him. Somehow Sam jumps ...more
Sep 15, 2008 Trin rated it it was ok
I was really hoping to take the political edge off with this humorous story of an average American teen who saves the president’s life and then has a fluffy romance with his son. It didn’t quite work. First, I couldn’t stop wishing that the book were more political—that Sam, the teenage heroine, would have stronger beliefs—there’s a short bit where she disagrees with the administration about the judging of an art contest, but that’s about it. Wouldn’t it be interesting to read about a teenager w ...more
Aug 18, 2009 Mary rated it it was ok
This was my first Meg Cabot book. The writing could have been worse, but I did get a little frustrated with some of her quirks, such as saying, "I went, 'Sure,'" instead of "I said, 'Sure.'" I know people say that out loud, but it should not be written.
This was also the most UNREALISTIC story. And because of that, even little things, like how the little sister received an amazon package on a Sunday (I don't think so. There's no post on Sundays.), really started to bug me.
BUT I had to give it mor
Nov 23, 2008 H rated it liked it
This book was so good! It was hilarious, like all of Meg Cabot's books, and there was the usual boy-meets-girl-and-they-eventually-end-up-happily-ever-after element that I seem to find essential. I really liked the plot and the setting, too. Like, how she saves the president's life and is suddenly an international hero or whatever. And it was nice that she didn't let it go to her head, which is something that most authors do to their characters. Sam stayed true to herself and what she believed, ...more
Miranda Kenneally
Jul 03, 2015 Miranda Kenneally rated it really liked it
Very funny book.
May 18, 2014 Allison rated it it was amazing
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Andi Abbruzzese
The book I chose to read was All American Girl. It was about a girl who saved the president. This girl is named Sam, she is also the main character. Sam is a little different from her family, especially her older sister Lucy. Sam is someone that would stand up for what she believes in. For example she started wearing all black to protest against her school because they wanted to get rid of the art program. Also Sam is not very popular and only has basically one friend. Her sister Lucy is super p ...more
Oct 02, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing
This book is about Samantha and her sister Lucy. Sam (Samantha) is tired of getting all her sisters hand me downs. Her sister is all about being popular but Sam not so much, she is more into staying alone and the color black. Her sister has a boyfriend that Sam is obsessed with. Sam honestly thinks that Lucy does not treat her boyfriend properly and she thinks that she would do so much better. She thinks that because they both are into art and Lucy is just into shopping. Sam's parents made her d ...more
Oct 02, 2015 Helen rated it it was amazing
"All American Girl" is about Sam an ordinary American in the 11th grade who saves the president's life when she jumps onto the back of an assassin. Sam is an ordinary girl living in Washington D.C. with her family of five and their maid. Sam is the middle child and feels that she doesn't get enough attention but one day when she gets in trouble she get a lot more attention than she wants, ending her with art lessons every Tuesday and Thursday. Sam doesn't agree with the fact that she needs art l ...more
May 26, 2015 Kiff rated it liked it
Rating 3.5 stars

I thought this was a really cute and sweet book. The premise is really kind of hilarious, a 15 year old girl saves the president and becomes friends with his son as they share an art class together. Even though, the plot is kind of outlandish, the author made it totally believable and you really just couldn't help loving Sam. She was a great character and I loved that she really grew throughout the novel. The biggest shocker for me is by the end of the book, I liked Lucy, Sam's o
Oct 21, 2014 Karisa rated it really liked it
If you skim through a list of Meg Cabot's books, you'll see a lot of pink. (Like in Princess Diaries, The Boy Next Door, etc.) This particular book reminded me of bubble gum-- fun, bopsie, cute, sticky, and in the end satisfying. It won't raise your IQ to read this, but it's a feel-good funny book. It reminds me of the Shopaholic series. I liked the Washington DC and White House component in this, and I got some good ideas for restaurants and sites here in my new digs. (Like Capitol Cookies.) Gi ...more
*3 stars*

I had such a great time reading this book: a fun, light read--nothing too heavy, or super smart (though I did enjoy the politics and random facts thrown in). I enjoyed the awkward voice the main character, Sam, had as it made things much more hilarious. The characters were great, especially Rebecca, whose frisson theory had me smiling and cracking up several times, although I did find myself quite irritated with Jack, Sam's "soul mate" (gag gag puke puke). David, though, is a whole diff
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Basic Info

Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Middle School; Contemporary

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: no
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 3 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 8
Plot: 8
Characters: 6
World Building: 7
Flow: 6
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 7
Ending: 7

Total: 6

In Dept

Best Part:
Cute read.
Worst Part: A little dumb.
Thoughts Had: huh; doubtful!; oh sheesh.


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: sure

Short Review: This was a cute little read.
Apr 18, 2015 Carolina rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, dl

I love this book!
It was soo funnyy
Nov 23, 2014 Sarina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young YA readers
I'm going to (attempt to) make this review short and sweet. After all, I have a NaNoWriMo novel to pen. :)

I had quite a few issues with this book. First off, the whole "Jack being Sam's soul mate" thing. It was so annoying. Cabot really didn't sell it to me, for one thing, and as a result it felt super forced. Secondly, it was weird...and annoying. I got tired of reading about Sam's "love" for Jack. So dumb.

Secondly, the whole book was too far-fetched for me. I don't think that saving the life o
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