Meg Cabot’s Website
Age Group: Teen
Source: Borrowed from public library
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Summary from GoodReads:
Samantha Madison is an average, cool Washington, D.C., teen: She loves Gwen Stefani (who doesn’t?), can draw like nobody’s business, and enjoys being opposite to her sister’s annoying ultra-social personality. But when she ditches art class one day, she doesn’t expect to be jumping on the back of a wannabe presidential assassin. Soon the young hero is receiving worldwide acclaim for her bravery, having dinner with her family at the White House, and is even being named teen ambassador to the UN. As if this weren’t enough, she and David, the president’s son, strike up a friendship that everyone wants the dirt on, which starts to give her romantic “frisson” feelings. Unfortunately, Sam thinks her sister’s boyfriend, Jack, is the true love of her life, and she makes a few wrong turns that could screw up what she’s developing with David. Will she ever stop following what she knows and start following what she sees?
This book was so funny! I actually laughed out loud a number of times. Sam was such a teenager. I don’t mean that as a negative thing, I just mean that her thoughts and actions are what I would think a teenager would think or do.
I loved all of Sam’s top ten lists, particularly the one about what not to do at a press conference (one of the many times I laughed out loud). Another teenager-y thing Sam does is only wearing black clothes because she is in mourning for her generation. Sam’s voice is just so great, and definitely humorous.
The love story is not as intense as some other teen romances, and feels a little quick too. But it is still very satisfying.
Cabot does a stellar job of showing the relationships between Sam and her two sisters, particularly her older sister.
If you haven’t read this book, and are looking for something light and funny, definitely pick this one up.