All American Girl (novel)

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All American Girl
Meg Cabot - All American Girl 1.jpeg
Author Meg Cabot
Country United States
Language English
Series All-American Girl series
Genre Young adult novel
Publisher HarperCollins
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
ISBN ISBN 978-0-330-41555-2
OCLC 51316280
Followed by Ready or Not

All American Girl is a young adult novel written by Meg Cabot for teenagers. It reached number one in the New York Times best-seller list for children's books in 2002.[1] The story is about a girl named Samantha Madison who lives in Washington, D.C. She is a sophomore outcast at John Adams Preparatory School and has only one friend, Catherine. Sam is a huge fan of Gwen Stefani and often laments that she is not more like Gwen. Unlike Meg Cabot’s Mia Thermopolis in the The Princess Diaries, Sam is against popular culture and dyes her entire wardrobe black because she is “mourning for her generation.” She often feels inferior because her older sister, Lucy, is a cheerleader, and therefore one of the most popular girls in school, and her younger sister, Rebecca, is so intelligent that she takes college-level classes at a special school. Sam is very different from her conservative parents - her father works for the World Bank and her mother is an environmental lawyer. Sam also believes she is in love with Lucy’s boyfriend Jack. Jack is the complete social opposite of big sister Lucy, having an artistic yet rebellious attitude to life claiming that teenagers need to fight the system. Sam's life is turned upside-down when she saves the U.S. President from a bullet, by jumping on the back of a would-be assassin.

A sequel titled, Ready or Not was released in 2005. Meg Cabot also wrote a short story, "Another All-American Girl" included in Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out.

Plot summary[edit]

Samantha Madison has always been totally ordinary. Apart from having two weird sisters,of course.

But then she does something utterly out of ordinary- she stops a crazy psycho from assassinating the American President.

Now Sam's an instant, world famous celebrity. Dining at The White House is not easy for someone who lives on hamburgers and in combat boots. In fact there's only one compensation- David, the president's son...

Film, TV or theatrical adaptations[edit]

There was no film to be based on the book, the controversy about the movie had started when the page "All-American Girl" was mistakenly posted in IMDb, which listed the cast " Raven-Symoné as Samantha and Nathan Sykes as David".


  1. ^ "BEST SELLERS". New York Times. 2002-09-22. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 

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