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Ready or Not (All-American Girl #2)

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  21,515 Ratings  ·  752 Reviews
Top ten things Samantha Madison isn't ready for:
10. Spending Thanksgiving at Camp David

9. With her boyfriend, the president's son

8. Who appears to want to take their relationship to the Next Level

7. Which Sam inadvertently and shockingly announces live on MTV

6. While appearing to support the president's dubious policies on families, morals, and yes, sex

5. Juggling he

Paperback, 238 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2005)
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Oct 21, 2008 Laura rated it did not like it
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Is this book controversial? You bet! Is it funny! No doubt about it. Is it appropriate reading material for all ages? Depends on what you deem appropriate.

I've read with interest the other reviews for READY OR NOT, Meg Cabot's sequel to All-American Girl. I even agree with a lot of them. But before I start my review, let me remind you of one salient point--this book is a work of FICTION. It was written by a HUMAN who has her OWN views of life. Just as everyone
Feb 18, 2008 Alexandra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one! Awful book!!
I was so so so disapointed in this book its not even funny! This book not olny was a let down but it angered me too because It sent a terrible message to the millions of young women who read it myself included. I read the book before this one and enjoyed it as a nice light sugar read and so I figured the sequel would be along the same lines but I was shocked and outraged by this books out right support of casual sex. The message any young women would get from reading this book is that there is n ...more
Sep 03, 2007 Carina rated it it was ok
bad sequel to a great book that didn't need a sequel
Oct 06, 2007 Tricia rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: eh...not sure
Shelves: 2007reads
Heard not-great things about this one before I read it, but I had liked All American Girl so much that I felt like I needed to give Meg Cabot a shot! I have to say that I'm with the critics on this one. Story and believability are sacrificed by agenda driven theoretical sex education. I could not empathize with Samantha at amu point beyong Chapter 2 or 3 since her conflict is entirely mentally fabricated and could easily have been resolved at any point with some simple communication. While I am ...more
Okay so in this book, I wanted to straight up kill Sam.
This whole entire book is her debating with herself whether or not she was ready for sex, and it was a misunderstanding between her and her boyfriend David.

He invited Sam to join him and his family at Camp David for Thanksgiving break to spend time together and play games.
Samantha immediately jumped to the conclusion that the board game Parcheesi was a code word for sex or something.
So throughout the entire book, she's flipping back and
Mar 03, 2009 Sadie rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
I don't like it when authors push an agenda, especially in young adult books. to me, this book was all about a young girl deciding when to lose her virginity. i'm not promoting censorship, but this book does not have a good direction for its audience. with parents unaware of activities, an older sibling willing to purchase contraceptive, and the professions of the two children being 'in love', why would any young reader not think this is acceptable, and even desirable? the girl is 16, her boyfri ...more
Sep 25, 2007 Caroline rated it it was ok
Shelves: blah
I liked the first book, All american girl, so I was looking forward to the second book. I was disappointed! Although the book tries to make some feel good about yourself and don't let other people define you and rebel - protest, etc..., the other half was about her obsessing about naked guys and having sex with her boyfriend. She is in highschool, and although they don't get into the steamy parts, I can't believe she did it with him. Yeah, there is info on using 2 types of protection, but please ...more
Kristin Tice
Apr 26, 2013 Kristin Tice rated it did not like it
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Mar 17, 2011 Mayra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't understand all the bad reviews about this book. Most justifies the one star they grant it by the "wrong" sexual topics for teens the book contains.
Well, what a bunch of prudes.
I was really scared about this book when I started reading it because of these said reviews. And I'm not going to lie that I was a bit surprised by the open, blunt sexual content I found right from the beginning. But it was not "wrong", or too explicit for teens. It was all right.
And furthermore, most of the other
Howdy YAL
Mar 29, 2015 Howdy YAL rated it did not like it

To be honest, I had no plans on reviewing this one until I started reviewing the first (see introduction).

Was it as horrible as I remembered?

Well, yes and no. I didn’t like how blatant it was essentially a sex ed book. But at the same time I can’t completely fault it for trying to give out relevant information for teens who’s sex ed classes pretty much consisted of having sex will make you go to hell.

Then I guess that means everyone’s birth parents are going to hell.

I digress.

Ready or Not c
Oct 18, 2009 Teea rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
Very disappointed in the way sex is addressed in this novel. The writing is juvenile and the main characters easily swayed in their "ideals". This character goes to such lengths to make statements about her political views and her individuality that the entire books just seems contrived. I quickly read this one by the way, skipping through boring and unnecessary dialogue and chanting in my head "shes going to make a mature choice, she going to grow up and decide to wait". But alas, she succumbs ...more
Sarah Nicole
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Miss Clark
Nov 16, 2008 Miss Clark rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO one. Ever.
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I liked this book, but it wasn't as good as the first book. It's still a good and funny book, but the whole thing is basically about sex--it doesn't have much of a plot. Then, I expected the end to be more moralistic, but it was just like "And then we had sex. The end." It was kind of weird, like Meg Cabot didn't know how to end the book.
Kaitlyn Edge
Jan 10, 2016 Kaitlyn Edge rated it it was ok
Okay. This book was, um... interesting?
First off, the reason I read this book today was because I remember reading it when I was about 11 and it was one of my favorites at the time. Reading it today, I can honestly say that I probably should not have read this book at such a young age. While I did not remember about 98% of the book, I now realize where so much of my preteen notions about sex came from: this book. While, now, I read it and notice some of the good points it makes on various sides
Dec 27, 2010 Aleeeeeza rated it liked it
(This is my first-ever full-length review, so if it sucks, cut me some slack, 'kay?)

So, Meg Cabot. The Queen of Contemporary Young Adult. I've been wanting to read her a long time, and kept putting it off, since, thanks to the deluge of books of hers in bookstores, I could never decide which one to pick up. So, when I found All-American Girl #2, I picked it up based on the first book, a sample of which I'd read up on Amazon and adored. The first book wasn't available (that happens a LOT on Paki
Dec 24, 2011 Nat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
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Oct 29, 2011 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, teen, audio-book
Is it a bad thing I'm not surprised by all the bad reviews?


Ok.... maybe not such a bad thing. So I downloaded All American Girl: Ready or Not when I was looking for something new to listen to while I was at work. I personally prefer to listen to books when I'm at work because music ends up being a distraction and I inevitably start dancing in my chair... which is always a bad thing in my case. So, I downloaded this one, remembering how much I liked All American Girl when I first read it.
Feb 16, 2010 Kylie rated it did not like it
What was Meg Cabot thinking?! Impressionable tweens are reading and drawing inspiration from her books. This story suggests that 16 year old girls should be having sex with their boyfriends, and that it is "no big deal" in the end. Really? Because it should be a very big deal. Regardless of your religious affiliations or moral beliefs, we should be teaching the younger generation more control and responsibility than this book suggests is "normal." I was completely offended by this story and will ...more
Sarah Hamilton
Jan 31, 2008 Sarah Hamilton rated it did not like it
could only make it part way through because I was so disgusted at what was presented for a young teenage girl to read...and i'm in my 20s.
not appropriate for younger girls to read.
Nov 15, 2010 Hilari rated it it was ok
Chose this at the library from the dwindling number of choices in the audiobook section. I probably would have rated this 3 stars if not for the writing. All the characters sound just like the narrator, the heroine of the story. They don't really have their own distinct styles of speaking. A little annoying, that.

Content-wise I thought it was a decent story. Some who have reviewed the book were offended by the subject matter, but I think it was handled appropriately and in a realistic manner. T
Debra Marsh
Feb 26, 2013 Debra Marsh rated it really liked it
The topic of this book surprised me. Cabot usually stays away from overtly talking about sex. Having said that, it ended up being quite a thought provoking book. I have five children, two of whom are married, and three whom are in their twenties. Our Christian religion believes that sex outside of marriage is wrong. I had sort of stayed away from the controversies this book targets because all the places we have lived (several different states) have sex education as a requirement in high school. ...more
Jun 07, 2009 Erica rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2009
This book is hardly young adult. Honestly, I was shocked the direction this book went, and was not pleased with the ending. R rating for sure, with such sex talk-though ironic that the author skipped over the scene the whole story was leading up to.

I do like certain parts, about how people stood up to the bully at school, though that is maybe not so believable for real life.

While it may seem good that Meg Cabot is trying to educate teens on sex and contraceptives, the whole thing is screwed up.
Jan 22, 2011 Indah rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, horrible
This book is...a horror to me. To imagine my young niece reading this book doesn't make me happy at all. In fact, the copy I'd read was hers. And this makes me a bit angry towards the author. With the first book filled with wit and made us (me and my niece) laugh, this sequel is rather a shock and very disappointing. And I feel cheated by Cabot, thinking that my young reader was save reading her book.

With the first book was good for any age, why, over all the topics she could write for this sequ
Oct 08, 2011 Alicia rated it really liked it
I think that this was actually a very good book, despite what others are saying.

I also think the people saying that this book is giving a bad message to readers need to wake up to themselves.

These days, pretty much everyone knows about sex. Society may not want to admit to this or anything, but that doesn't change the fact that it's true. This book is not portraying it in a bad way, and is not spreading a bad message. Just because the opinions expressed in this book aren't the same as your own,
Jun 03, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit, ya
I am so very board in Auckland, but I have found that the library is a great place to waste an afternoon as I have been there every day this week, just reading crappy YA books. Good times! I sat there a few days away and read this one, a novel by Meg Cabot (you may know her from the Princess Diaries series). This is the second book in another series she wrote and unfortunately, this library does not carry the first book, so I had to jump in with the second. Whatever, it was way to pick up what w ...more
Jul 16, 2013 Morgan rated it really liked it
Pretty good book.

Character Reviews:
I don't feel she's changed much and that's a good think, because she's still a rebel. And she speaks for what she truly believes in. She still did grow up a lot though. As seen in that scene when she and Catherine went to help out Kris for the MTV show at their school. Normally she woulda dumped the paint on her head, but apparently she matured enough to just kick it on her shoes.

Her and David just seemed so lovey-dovey in this novel
Stephanie A.
Jan 08, 2013 Stephanie A. rated it did not like it
Ooh, one of the books to which I devoted a whole outraged blog post. This should be fun, let me just dig that up for you:

[disclaimer: I did not read the first book in this series.]

Remember that step in How To Write a 21st Century YA Novel,
"name-drop like mad"? I think Meg Cabot is attempting to break some kind of Guinness World record. Surely these are not all necessary. I'm exactly twenty pages in, and so far by my count she has managed to drop at least 14 pop culture references.

Nov 24, 2010 Kaye rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: young-adult, romance
What started as a cute premise took a wrong turn with this book. I can see why the series didn't continue. Samantha is now the official girlfriend of the son of the president. She is invited to Camp David for Thanksgiving. She assumes her boyfriend means that he is inviting her to have sex. The whole book is will she, and is she ready. The author just kind of goes on a rant about that government and parents don't need to know about their teens. And as long as you use protection there are no cons ...more
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