Title: All-American Girl
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Harper Teen
Number of Pages: 416
Advertised Age Level: Young Adult
Age and Grade of Main Character(s): 15 yrs./Sophomore
Language: no profanity
Sex: kissing, unexplicit reference to “making out”
Drug/Alcohol Use: none
Violence: premise of the story is a thwarted assassination attempt on the President, but the violence is limited to one scene and is not explicit
Social Issues: sudden fame, unrequited crushes, first love
Suggested Movie Grade: PG
Premise: Samantha Madison happens to be at the right place at the wrong time. When she’s caught using her artistic talents at school to make quick cash, her parents sign her up for an art class, hoping to direct her talents in more positive directions. She’s surprised to find that the First Son of the United States is also taking the class. Samantha’s even more surprised when she thwarts an assassination attempt on the President’s life by throwing herself on top of the guy waving the gun around.
A national hero and instant celebrity, Samantha doesn’t know what to make of her new status. Being the middle child – the “average” one stuck between a popular older sister and a genius young sister – Samantha is used to walking in other peoples’ shadows. But now she’s been thrust front and center beneath the spotlight. So why isn’t she happy? And how, exactly, does she feel about the President’s son, David, who seems to be in love with her?
Comments: Samantha encounters a man who has a gun and is planning to shoot the President. She jumps on him and stops the assassination attempt, suffering a broken arm in the process. The scene is not violent and over quickly.
Samantha and David go to a party where there is a keg of beer but they do not consume any alcohol. In fact, Samantha is angry to see the beer there.
Age Appropriateness: ages 10 and up