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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 a ...more
Paperback, 398 pages
Published July 22nd 2003 by Harper Teen (first published June 7th 2002)
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Rebecca
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.
Snorkle
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
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
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Steph Su
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
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Qian
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 4 of 5 stars
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.

TOP TEN REASONS
Samantha Madison
IS IN DEEP SHIT
(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
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Nancy
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
Kayla Hamilton
May 04, 2008 Kayla Hamilton rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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Nikoleta
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
Namratha
Top Five Reasons why Samantha Madison’s life isn’t a bowful of cherries:

#5 : Sam lives in Washington DC, a hop-skip-and jump away from the White House (ergo, perennial traffic jams caused by the never-ending presidential motorcades)

#4 : Sam is the middle-child, stuck between the perky-cheerleading elder sister Lucy and girl-genius-going-to-special-school younger sister Rebecca (ergo, she is the source of constant disappointment to her parents, teachers and the rest of her school-mates)

#3 : Sam’s
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Trin
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
Mary
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
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H
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
Allison
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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
Nicole
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
Karisa
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
Carolina Riojas

I love this book!
It was soo funnyy
Sarina
Nov 23, 2014 Sarina rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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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Diana
All-American Girl (All-American Girl, #1)
By Meg Cabot
398 pgs
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ISBN: 0064472779

Samantha Madison isn't the type of normal teenager who other people think she is. Her relationships with people are unbelievable, including the things that she's done. Both her older and younger sisters are known for being the most popular girl in school and for being the smarty pants genius, respectively. Her life isn't simple and actually, many things are happening to her, which makes her life always fill
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Lisa
Rating: 3.5/5 stars



This is a really light, sassy read. Sam is a spunky main character who is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in (even to the President of the United States). This girls has some serious guts, but is having some trouble managing her own life.


After saving the president and becoming a national hero everything start to go downhill for Sam. She starts to realize that things she though she knew and felt, she didn't really understand. I really liked Sam's character though a
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Sandra Lopez
My thoughts: When I first saw the name “Meg Cabot” on the cover of All-American Girl, I had no idea that she was the author of The Princess Diaries—a story that I had seen on screen and never read in paperback.

Samantha Madison was the middle child stuck between her older sister’s effervescent popularity and her younger sister’s precocious intelligence. Now, I was never a middle child, but I do know how much the middle sucks, whether that middle is a line at the DMV or a seat on an airplane. Bein
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Crystal Bandel
All-American Girl by Meg Cabot, published 2002.

Modern fiction.

Novel.

Grades 9-12.

Found via Booklist, reviewed by Gillian Engberg.

Sam is a normal girl who's in love with her older sister's boyfriend and doesn't fit in well at school. One day, though, she unexpectedly saves the President's life, throwing her into the spotlight and gaining the further interest of the President's son. Between the unexpected fame, art classes that aren't going well, and her romantic troubles, what will Sam do? This go
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Lara Nott
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Mary (Books In Her Head)

First, I am going to analyze the title with you. This is going to become something regular because titles are an important part of writign. They have to catch your eye from a book-shelf or a book list. So they must be grabbing (if you will.) Titles are just as important as the content that you write, so this is a very important subject.

All American Girl. Hmmmmmmmmm................?????????????????

For this book, the story is about an American highschool girl. (Named Samantha Madison) Huh, I think
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April Cordon
Samantha Madison is an average teenager in the DC area who is just trying to survive school, be seen as separate from her sister, and make a little money on the side by drawing cartoons of her classmates with their favorite celebrities. But everything changes when her ultra-popular sister shows her parents the cartoons drawn by Samantha and they force her to take an after school are class because they want her to be more involved and do extra-curricular activities. One day while waiting (better ...more
Lylaa

What did I think?
I'm no good writer but this book was alright, and I kind of liked it.
This is what you'd call a light read - one that didn't give me a headache, well, apart from the main character, Sam.

Sam
Sam, in my opinion, freaked me out. I mean, she's obsessed with her sister's boyfriend Jack, and thinks he will dump Lucy, the eldest sister, for her.
Yeah, he loves art. Yeah, he's a rebel. So what? Doesn't mean you have to go overboards. I gotta admit, that was pretty weird.

Lucy
Stuck up cheer
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Erika Aivazi
I chose this book because the summary in the back caught my eye. It was a list of what happens in the book chronologically and I thought that was neat. "All-American Girl" is about a girl who is stuck in between her two sisters. Naturally both sister have amazing talents and Samantha (the middle sister) believes she is worthless. Samantha gets into a bunch of trouble when the school catches her selling celebrity portraits. As a punishment her mom believes that Samantha should take art classes. O ...more
Briana
I remember reading this book 2-3 years ago and I really enjoyed it. The only reason I can't give it 5 is because I don't remember every detail of the plot. But I DO remember THIS is the book that turned me towards other "Romance" books. I'm only 15 so it's not like I've read millions of books in my day and before I read this book I only read mysteries and suspensful books. But now Romace is one of my favorite genres. It also led me to broaden the genres of books I read. I remember seeing the cov ...more
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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun
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