To me, Meg Cabot is like Laurie Halse Anderson. Both can take me Over the Top because they create characters that are painfully and delightfully realistic even if the situations are not.
In All-American-Girl, Samantha Madison saves the President of the United States from an assassin. Yep. And I willingly went with it. That’s not the kind of “unbelievable” situation that bothers me, though. It’s a very fine line. Once you’ve swallowed that hunk of silliness (something I indulge in frequently), the story plays out in a natural, believable, and entertaining Cabot-y way.
There are two annoying sisters, an unrequited crush on the older sister’s boyfriend, alienation from the In crowd, sudden and unwanted fame and popularity, some tough lessons on life and art, a fair share of humiliation, some soul-searching and courage-finding, and–of course–a cute boy as the payoff that makes it all worthwhile. Woe to young girls who don’t have the cute-boy payoff.
NaNo is severely cutting into my reading time, but I’m keeping pace with audio books because they are conducive to multi-tasking. A gal’s got to get to the mailbox, you know.