I loved this book! Meg Cabot does such a good job of making things fresh and fun, and Samantha Madison is no exception. It's a quick, easy read that will suck you in from the get go, and the voice of her character is so strong you will immediately want to know her better.
I absolutely loved this book! I especially liked how the author shaped the character Sam (Samantha) into being so humble, after saving the President! I was not so fond of the constant coparison to Gwen Stephani, but I think it was a good finishing touch for the book. I'd like to find out what happened to the genuis little sister (rebecca), though! Read it and I'm sure you'll love the story about a more realistic hero!!!!
Sophomore Samantha Madison is redheaded, a middle child, left-handed, and, in her opinion, one of the only teenage girls left who have not succumbed to the soul-sucking fashion trends of modern-day society. She's a wannabe radical: she dyed her wardrobe black, and she's in love with her popular older sister Lucy's boyfriend Jack, who's as "radical" as they get.
Sam thinks it's the end of her already lousy world when, as a punishment for bad grades, her parents send her to art lessons at Susan Boone's. Sam's a good artist, but she doesn't take well to criticism, and so when on the first day Susan Boone accuses her of not drawing what she knows, Sam decides not to come back. Ever.
Which turns out to be a good thing, because while she's hiding from Susan Boone at the following lesson, she manages to stop an assassination attempt on the president.
All of a sudden Sam is the "it" girl at her school, the US, and the whole world. The president awards her the position of teen ambassador to the UN, and his cute son David (who is also in Susan Boone's art class) thinks there's something special about Sam. Only Sam knows there's nothing very heroic about what she did. And she doesn't understand why David's being so nice to her, or why her heart skitters when he smiles at her, or why she feels so bad after David finds out she had used him to make Jack jealous at a party. Because she's totally in love with Jack.
What fun ALL-AMERICAN GIRL is! People of all ages will enjoy this book. Samantha is an amazing protagonist, and her narration will pull you along like nothing ever had. Highly recommended!