By Meg Cabot
Publication date: Aug. 1, 2003
HarperTeen, 398 pages
Source: The library 100 years ago
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 acclaim for her bravery, having dinner with her family at the White House, and is even being named teen ambassador to the UN. As if this weren’t enough, she and David, the president’s son, strike up a friendship that everyone wants the dirt on, which starts to give her romantic “frisson” feelings. Unfortunately, Sam thinks her sister’s boyfriend, Jack, is the true love of her life, and she makes a few wrong turns that could screw up what she’s developing with David. Will she ever stop following what she knows and start following what she sees?
— Goodreads.com description
I first read All-American Girl by Meg Cabot in 2003. Nearly 10 years later, I still love, love, love it. I thought now was the perfect time for me to remind you to read it. I mean, if you’re looking for something festive for this holiday week, THIS IS IT! Happy Fourth of July, everyone!
PS: Remember that time I met Meg? GAH!