Sunday, April 25, 2010

Ready or Not by Meg Cabot

Title: Ready or Not
Series: All American Girl
Book #: Two
Author: Meg Cabot
Pages: 256
Published: 2005
Reading Level: Young Adult

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 appears to want to take their relationship to the Next Level
7. Which Sam inadvertently and shockingly announces live on MTV
6. While appearing to support 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 already has a job as teen ambassador to the UN (that she doesn't get paid for)
3. Riding the Metro and getting accosted because she's "the redheaded girl who saved the president's life," in spite of her new, semipermanent Midnight Ebony tresses
2. Experiencing total role reversal 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."

Amber's thoughts:
I am a fan of Meg Cabot, but this book was a huge disappointment for me. The entire novel was centered around Samantha's obsession over her sexual relationship with her boyfriend. I understand that many teens worry about things like this but there is more to life than sex. 

I kept hoping that the book would improve. I mean, come on. Sex couldn't be the only issue in the entire book, could it? Turns out it could. There was really no interesting plot. Sam just worries about sex the entire time.

Samantha herself was an annoying character. Whiny and sometimes ridiculous, I could never force myself to really bond with her. David (her boyfriend) sounds pretty cute, but he wasn't anything extremely special. 

Meg Cabot had a wonderful opportunity. She could have taught some important morals about relationships and premarital sex, but she didn't. Instead, she almost condoned it. The main character was only sixteen. It's not like she should have been in any rush to sleep with someone. 

I was hoping for a funny chick-lit novel, but this just wasn't it. Meg Cabot wasn't even that hilarious in this one. I can definitely see why this is one of her less popular novels. Honestly, skip this one. The first book is worth your time, but this one isn't. I still consider Meg Cabot to be one of the greatest teen writers, so check out her other works. 


Christina T said...

I'm sorry you didn't like Ready or Not. I liked All American Girl but after reading your review I am certain I would not like this one. For me Meg Cabot is hit or miss. I've liked some of her books and not others. Good review.

Ashley said...

I really enjoyed this one. Sorry you didn't! The title is Ready or Not after all, so that is a hit off that the book would be pretty much all about sex--maybe that's just me? I dunno. I agree though, Meg Cabot is a great author, and she definitely does have some better ones out there.