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:
- 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.
- Alpha Bitch: Kris Parks
- Always Someone Better: Sam sometimes feels this way about Lucy but overcomes it after awhile.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Lucy and Rebecca annoy Sam to no end but it's clear they love each other and, at times, they are great sisters to one another.
- Birds of a Feather: Sam believes she's this with Jack, but realizes that she's actually this with David.
- Book Dumb: Lucy. Sam occasionally falls into this.
- Character Overlap: Sam gets name dropped by Mia Thermopolis.
- The Cheerleader: Lucy
- Cool Big Sis: Lucy, though it takes Sam awhile to realize this.
- Dude Magnet: Lucy
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep / No Name Given: Sam always refers to David's parents as either David's Dad and David's mom or as The President and The First Lady.
- Everyone Can See It: Sam and David. Even Rebecca can figure it out.
- The Fashionista: Lucy
- Fiery Redhead: Sam, whether she likes it or not.
- Former Friend of Alpha Bitch: Sam and Kris Parks
- Give Geeks a Chance: Lucy and Harold.
- Somewhat subverted: She found him attractive first with his brains, personality, and body and it took a good while for him to warm up to her.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Sam and Lucy. Rebecca stays out of the fight.
- Green Eyes: David
- Heroes Want Redheads: David and Sam. Plus there's Hello, Nurse! Lucy, who gets this reaction from various men.
- Hidden Depths: Lucy
- Hypocrite: Kris Parks, who slut shames others despite her own loose morals.
- Intercontinuity Crossover: Ready or Not mentions one of Cabot's romance novels, She Went All The Way.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Lucy
- Middle Child Syndrome: Samantha
- 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.
- One Head Taller: David and Sam
- Picky Eater: Sam
- Psychologist Teacher: Susan Boone
- Redheaded Hero: Sam, until she dies her hair in Ready or Not.
- 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 over an indiscretion she witnessed.
- Spoiled Sweet: Lucy
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: David
- Teen Genius: Rebecca
- Their First Time: The main plot of Ready or Not.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Sam and Lucy, Sam and Catherine.
- Tomboyish Name: Sam
- Wrong Guy First: Jack is this to both Sam and Lucy.