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Ready or Not: An All-American Girl Novel


Ready or Not: An All-American Girl Novel

Here are the top ten things that are really throwing Samantha Madison for a loop these days:

10. Becoming a better artist = taking a class called Life Drawing. But Life Drawing = drawing naked people.

9. The fact that people still recognize her as "that red-haired girl who saved the President's life," despite her newly black hair.

8. Her sister, uber-popular cheerleader Lucy, seems to be falling for her S.A.T. tutor.

7. Who is also the class nerd.

6. Having to work at the Potomac Video because being a national hero doesn't stop Sam's parents from thinking that she needs to realize the value of a dollar…as though anyone can get far on a dollar these days.

5. Having to cover a shift at work for a co-worker who was arrested during a protest.

4. Facing off to evil Kris Parks, head of Right Way, the school's abstinence club.

3. Speaking of abstinence, Samantha really didn't mean to imply on MTV, while speaking against a portion of the President's Return to Family initiative, that she was sexually active. She's not.

2. But does she want to be?

1. And when her boyfriend, David, who happens to be the president's son, invites her to Camp David for Thanksgiving weekend, does he really just want to play Parcheesi when he says so, or is that code for "I want to have sex"?

Laugh, agonize, and say, "Oooh, ouch!" as you follow Sam through family trials, her rebellion against conformity at Adams Prep School, and her decision over whether or not to have sex with her wonderful boyfriend. Although this is the sequel to ALL-AMERICAN GIRL, don't panic if you haven't read the first book; you can pick up on Samantha's story pretty quickly here. Sam, whether she likes to admit it or not, is a great role model for all kinds of girls, and her funny, very real story will hit home for a lot of people.

Reviewed by Carlie Webber on October 18, 2011

Ready or Not: An All-American Girl Novel
by Meg Cabot

  • Publication Date: August 1, 2005
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • ISBN-10: 0060724501
  • ISBN-13: 9780060724504