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Grade 9 Up–Samantha Madison is back. She is still a semi-celebrity for saving the president's life and she is still dating his son. She is faced with a huge dilemma when it appears that she not only condemns the president's new Return to Family policy, but also implies that she has slept with David. The ensuing consequences and Samantha's conflicted feelings about sex provide drama. A subplot involves Lucy, Samantha's older sister, falling for her nerdy math tutor, who does not return her feelings. This is a surprisingly political book with a positive attitude about sex. The themes are more mature than those of The Princess Diaries series. Samantha writes frequent top-10 lists, such as Top ten things that suck about being the sister of the most popular girl in school. Teen sexuality and honesty about protection, awkwardness, and masturbation are handled in a humorous and sensitive manner. The characters are real, witty, and relatable, and the author has an ear for teen dialogue. Some more conservative areas and school libraries might give pause, but the book is funny, smart, well paced, and honest.–Amy Patrick, New York Public Library
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Gr. 9-12. In this lively follow-up to All-American Girl (2002), in which 15-year-old Samantha Madison not only saved the president's life but also nabbed the First Son as her boyfriend, narrator Samantha tries to cope with various challenges, some of which are not unusual for a 16-year-old, There's an annoying Queen Bee at school and worries about whether she's ready to have sex with her boyfriend, and her trials as a national celebrity, followed and photographed at inopportune moments. Cabot has fashioned an appealing heroine, opinionated but willing to change her mind, self-centered but increasingly engaged by the rest of the world. There are no assassination attempts to thwart here, but Cabot does throw Samantha into the prickly politics--both personal and national--of premarital sex. Sense of humor intact, the teen emerges triumphant, with a stronger sense of herself and of "family values." Fans of Samantha's previous adventure will be happy to find more of her top-10 lists here, including the sobering "Top ten reasons it rules to be a teen in the United States (as opposed to elsewhere)." Abby Nolan
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Product Details

  • Series: All-American Girl
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (March 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061479969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061479960
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Meg Cabot is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for both adults and tweens/teens. There have been over 25 million copies of Meg's nearly 80 published books sold in 38 countries. Her last name rhymes with habit, as in "her books can be habit forming." She currently lives in Key West, Florida with her husband and various cats.

Meg's first ever adult book in the Princess Diaries series, "Royal Wedding", will be available in Summer 2015, along with an installment of the series for younger readers, "From the Notebook of a Middle School Princess". "Remembrance", a new book in the Mediator series will be available in February of 2016.

Customer Reviews

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Susan Hanson
Premarital or teenage sex is and has been a very big social issue and in Ready Or Not, Meg Cabot has flimsily resolved her stand on the issue.
CarinaSantos
I did not really like the book's focus on sex during the whole story.
Silmarwen

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
While I must agree with some of the other people here who said that the main plotline of whether Sam and David were going to have sex or not was boring, there was more to the book than just that. In particular, I had a soft spot for Harold and Lucy's budding relationship, as well as the plotline of Sam's job at the video store. Also interesting to me was the 'slut' plotline, since I have personally witnessed such hypocritical behaviour at my own high school. While the end scene of everybody calling themselves sluts was a bit unbelieveable I must admit that I did give an inner scream of joy when Harold went up to join the girls.

What I did have a problem with, however, was the fact that Samantha seemed to think that if her boyfriend wanted to have sex at Camp David, then they were going to have sex at Camp David and she didn't really have a say in it. This wasn't the eventual conclusion of her thought processes, but throughout much of the novel she did seem to have resigned herself to this fact. This seemed very weak on her part.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By lovetoread on June 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The thing that bothered me most of all about this book was the character inconsistiency at the end. I did not read the first book so I can't say how Sam changed from one book to the next but the whole problem Sam had through this whole book was the fact that she wasn't ready for sex and she THOUGHT her boyfriend was. Despite the fact that she asked about birth control, she still consistiently indicated that she wasn't ready. She even avoided David because she was so distressed about going away for the weekend with him. She didn't even want to go!!! To make this a really good book, Sam would have asked David what he meant about 'playing Parchisi'. She would have told him what she was feeling. They would have discussed the whole issue. THAT would have been Sam making a MATURE decision. Poor David didn't even have a clue what was going on in her mind and appeared to be shocked by the idea when she finally springs it on him. Because of this, the ending was very disappointing. It was almost like "Oh well, we're alone, I have contraceptives, we might as well do it even if I wasn't ready and you don't look like you're very ready either."

There is one other thing I didn't like about the book: the white trash reference...very biggoted
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37 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on August 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Samantha "Sam" Madison, the girl who is known across the country for saving the President's life from assassination, is now 16-years-old, a Junior in high school, and ready to stop being the goody-two-shoes girl next-door. Hence, she does something drastic: she dies her hair black. But that's not all. Sam is also working at Potomac Video, where she hangs out with protest radicals all day - okay, so just one protest radical, but still, it's someone. She's now taking a life drawing class with her boyfriend - who also happens to be the President's son - David, and she's discussing the possibility of having sex with her boyfriend. However, from day one, things don't go as planned. Who knew that life drawing meant that a naked guy would stand in front of you as you draw a picture of him? And why did Sam have to open her big mouth and admit that she had said yes to sex on national television, when she hadn't actually said yes - at least not yet? Obviously, Sam's life is about to get a bit crazier.

I adored the book ALL-AMERICAN GIRL, and was first on line to purchase it when it was released a few years ago. Hence, you can imagine the joy I felt when I heard that READY OR NOT was being released. The growing up that Sam - and even her older sister, Lucy - have succumbed to is amazing. They are like two totally different people, and it's nice to see that they are finally getting along. The subject matter - as many people have commented on already - is probably more suitable for teenagers, just as PRINCESS IN TRAINING was, as both books deal with sex. A lot. Overall, this was a fabulous new look into the life of Sam Madison, that will be eaten up by readers of all ages. Great fun for all!

Erika Sorocco
Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I was really impressed by this latest offering from Meg Cabot, especially the ending. Cabot is one of the best teen writers today, consistently offering a blend of escapist fantasy with real-life issues in a readable yet never patronizing fashion.

In this book, a sequel to "All American Girl," Samantha Madison deals with growing up in a rarefied yet realistic high school environment. A seventeen year old student, she juggles art lessons (is she ready for more adult classes?) with having a job (trying to impress the coworkers and deal responsibly with the boss) and a boyfriend who happens to be the son of the president of the US (is she ready to Do It with him? or not). As in the latest Princess Diaries books, Cabot combines statistics (on teen pregnancy, for one) with Gwen Stefani fandom. Her writing should appeal to teens based on the pop culture references (never dismissive) and on the activism front (a lot of studies show that teenagers are _deeply_ interested in What's Wrong With the World). The book ends on a note that is true to many teenagers in the US, and does so without ever being preachy or trite.

Although many readers may choose to critique the book as insufficiently critical of teen sex, or even premarital sex, Cabot does an excellent job of showing that a teen's decision to have sex is and should be based on their own personality and situation, and should not be undertaken lightly.

Again, I thought this book was an excellent portrayal of teen life and would highly recommend it to anyone in high school or older.
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