The girl next door or the All-American girl is an archetype of a cute, kind, unassuming, and honest girl or woman who lives next door, often in a romantic story.
The male equivalent is the "boy next door". During World War II, American propaganda often invoked her as the symbol of all things American. Songs on the armed forces request radio programs were not of Rosie the Riveter but of the girls who were waiting for soldiers. Many such songs were also popular at the home front. Themes of love, loneliness and separation were given more poignancy by the war.