Literature: All-American Girl

A 2002 Young Adult novel by Meg Cabot and its 2005 sequel, Ready or Not.

Samantha Madison is just your average disenfranchised sophomore gal living in D.C. when, in an idle moment sandwiched between cookie-buying and CD-perusing, she puts a stop to an attempt on the life of the president. Before she can say "MTV2" she’s appointed Teen Ambassador to the U.N. and has caught the eye of the very cute First Son, David.

Tropes in the All-American Girl Series include:

  • Above the Influence: Harold reveals why he wasn't responding to Lucy's advances; he did like her, but he was worried about dating her while tutoring her for SATS. Once SATS are done, however . . .
  • Accidental Hero: Subverted. Sam believes she's this but she actually did do the thing she's being celebrated for.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Lucy teaches Sam all about it in Ready or Not.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Initially, Lucy and Sam for Jack before they moved on to much kinder boys.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Candace Wu in All-American Girl. When her vote for a controversial contest entry doesn't fly with the president, Sam does an interview with Candace about the injustice.
  • Child Prodigy: Lucy and Sam's sister Rebecca.
  • Cool Big Sis: Lucy, though it takes Sam awhile to realize this.
    • Shown most definitely in Ready or Not when Sam confesses that David has hinted about wanting to go to fourth base. After taking a while to realize it, Lucy starts informing Sam about various types of birth control (a bit of TMI for Sam) and buys the products so that paparazzi won't realize.
  • Hypocrite: Kris Parks, who slut shames others despite her own loose morals. Lucy calls her out on this, and Harold points out that her slut shaming violates the school rules.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: Ready or Not mentions one of Cabot's romance novels, She Went All The Way.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The President is heavily modeled on George W. Bush, who was the real life president when the books were written. The audio book even gives him a Texas drawl. However, she never gives the president a last name or a party (though it's hinted in Ready or Not that he is a conservative)
  • No Party Given: No one's political parties are stated, but it's pretty easy to guess that David's dad is a Republican while Sam is liberal.
  • Sibling Triangle: Sam likes Jack, who is dating her sister, Lucy.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: In the end, Sam and Lucy find love with nice guys David and Harold over "Bad Boy" Jack.
  • Slut Shaming: In Ready or Not, Sam says on national television that she's had sex (she hasn't yet) and then the purity group at school try this. It ends up with the entire school proclaiming themselves to be sluts and Lucy blackmailing the purity club leader Kris Parks over an indiscretion she witnessed. Not to mention that slut shaming gets Kris into trouble when the principal overhears, since it's against school rules to make "pejorative comments about others' sexual habits".