Review: Ready or Not by Meg Cabot

Posted October 9, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Review: Ready or Not by Meg CabotReviewer: Rowena
Ready or Not (All-American Girl #2) by Meg Cabot
Series: All-American Girl #1
Also in this series: All-American Girl (All-American Girl #1)
Published by Harper Collins, Harper Teen
Publication Date: August 1st 2005
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 238
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three-stars

Top ten things Samantha Madison isn't ready for:

10. Spending Thanksgiving at Camp David
9. With her boyfriend, the president's son
8. Who appears to want to take their relationship to the Next Level
7. Which Sam inadvertently and shockingly announces live on MTV
6. While appearing to support the president's dubious policies on families, morals, and yes, sex
5. Juggling her new after-school job at Potomac Video
4. Even though she already has a job as teen ambassador to the UN (that she doesn't get paid for)
3. Riding the Metro and getting accosted because she's "the redheaded girl who saved the president's life," in spite of her new, semipermanent Midnight Ebony tresses
2. Experiencing total role reversal with her popular sister Lucy, who for once can't get the guy she wants
And the number-one thing Sam isn't ready for?
1. Finding out the hard way that in art class, "life drawing" means "naked people."

I guess it had to happen sooner or later, I mean, it happens with all kinds of favorite authors and Meg Cabot has finally written a book that I wasn’t too wild about, but I still hecka love her.

In the sequel to All American Girl, it’s a year later and Samantha Madison is a 15 year old American Teen Ambassador for the UN and we follow her life after having saved the President of the United States. She’s still taking art lessons from Susan Boone and she’s still dating the First Son, David and she’s still out of her frickin’ mind.

She’s one of those emo kids that drive me absolutely bonkers! She’s got great red hair, she dyes it midnight black and now she looks like a bootleg Ashlee Simpson. Her boyfriend tells her to come away for the Thanksgiving Weekend with him and his parents to hang out and play some parcheesy and she goes completely nuts because she thinks that David wants to have sex with her.

Now, it wasn’t so long ago that I was 15 and I can remember being completely boy crazy but I do not ever remember agonizing over having sex when I was 15 because I knew I wasn’t ready for it and though I know that teenagers are a lot more passionate about everything, Sam just drove me nuckin’ futs with all of her assumptions.

She gets invited to Thanksgiving with her boyfriend and his parents and she totally assumes that David wants to jump her bones. So like Sam does with everything, she agonizes over it until I want to choke her out for being so retarded about everything. The way she blabs on national TV that she said YES TO SEX made me roll my eyes and then the whole cafeteria scene where everyone is standing up and saying, “I’m a slut too” made my eyes roll down the street because that just doesn’t happen in real life and even though I really didn’t buy the whole thing, I can’t say that I hated the book, just that Sam drove me crazy.

I guess, I was disappointed in the direction that Meg Cabot took this book because I didn’t think that this book was appropriate for 15 year old girls because well, I certainly wouldn’t want my nieces to read this book and get any ideas because I have a niece that’s Sam’s age and sex better be the last thing on her mind, I also have a niece that’s 16 almost 17 and again, sex better be the last thing on her mind..I don’t mind them being curious but to actually be doing it, well I just hope that they’re not following the things that they see on TV and reading in books.

I wouldn’t want to shield my nieces from reading this book but I just, I don’t want them getting those ideas in their heads that since Sam is having sex, protected sex and whatever, that as long as they’re safe then it’s okay because I don’t think they should be having sex right now and this is me speaking from experience and well, I just don’t want them getting influenced from this book.

I would have liked the book more if Sam didn’t disappoint me by changing her mind at the end about being ready and I could have totally done without that scene where Lucy tells her how Sam can find out if she’s ready to have sex or not, the whole bath tub thing? GROSS! Who talks about crap like that? Nobody I know…

…so yeah, I didn’t hate this book but I didn’t really like it either, Sam drove me crazy and I wanted to bop her upside her head a number of times but I wouldn’t say that this is the worst book I’ve ever read…ehh, I guess where this book is concerned I’m just confused. It was just, okay.

Ugh. Take this review how you want to, I just don’t know. LOL.

Grade: 3 out of 5

three-stars


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4 responses to “Review: Ready or Not by Meg Cabot

  1. oh, hey.
    i’m Carol and i’m reading this book, actually, right now.
    Sam drives me crazy too ¬¬’
    but since i’m in the half of it…

    good post anyway..

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