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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 wants to take things to the Next Level
7. Which Sam inadvertently announces live on MTV
6. While discussing 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's already the (unpaid) teen ambassador to the UN
3. Getting accosted because she's "the redheaded girl who saved the president's life," despite her new ebony tresses
2. Dealing 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"
In All-American Girl by Meg Cabot (of Princess Diaries fame), Samantha foiled an assassination attempt on the president of the United States and wound up with his son as her beau (in what PW called "a convincing and diverting tale"). Ready or Not is the question for Samantha, now a high school junior, in her next adventure as she contemplates whether she is ready to have sex with her boyfriend still the president's son. (HarperCollins, $15.99 256p ages 12-up ISBN 0-06-072450-1; Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Gr 9 Up-Ariadne Myers convincingly narrates this sequel (HarperCollins, 2005) to All American Girl (HarperCollins, 2002; Listening Library, 2002) in which high schooler Samantha Madison achieved celebrity status after saving the President's life and dating his son, David. Now, Samantha is facing many things for which she is not quite sure she is ready. There's the new art class featuring "life drawing," the constant recognition by strangers, and juggling her job at a video store while also being Teen Ambassador to the UN. Add to this David asking her to spend Thanksgiving at Camp David where they can play "Parcheesi," which Samantha is sure is code for "sex." While trying to figure out if she is ready for her relationship with David to progress, Samantha learns from her older sister, Lucy, about condoms, spermicidal foam, and "practicing" using the bath nozzle or the hand-held shower head. The obsession with her decision leads to some embarrassing moments on MTV with the President while discussing his new family values initiative. In a story within the story, Lucy, who is beautiful and popular, realizes that looks are not the only thing that can attract people to each other. Myers believably portrays Samantha with all of the awkwardness, wonder, and curiosity of a teen discovering her budding sexuality and deciding if she is ready or not for all that life has to offer. While no sexual acts are graphically depicted, the frank and honest talk of masturbation makes this audiobook best suited for high school and public libraries in less conservative districts.-Stephanie A. Squicciarini, Fairport Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.