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."
©2005 Meg Cabot; © and (P)2005 Listening Library, a division of Random House, Inc.
Do NOT let your kids listen to this book unless you condone teens having sex. I was hoping to keep my preteen girls as interested in this sequel as they were in All American Girl on our last car trip. Imagine my surprise to find out that this sequel was all about whether our hero Samantha, age 16, would have sex with her boyfriend, David, the President's son. The book started out innocently enough, but quickly became all about Samantha agonizing about whether to have sex with David after he invites her to go on Thanksgiving vacation with his family. Her sister even buys her condoms and foam. I kept hoping that the story would allow Samantha to decide that she was too young for sex and if she said "no", David would still want to continue their relationship. This would be a great springboard for discussing the issue with my daughters. I was shocked to find out that even though David denied having invited her on vacation to have sex, Samantha jumped into bed with him and got down to business. The story even detailed her telling her girlfriends about how good sexual intercourse was with her boyfriend. I'm sorely disappointed that the author had to stoop to this. Of course, there was no mention of sexually transmitted diseases while all of this musing about sex was going on. I'm not conservative or prudish, but I'd rather my girls wait until they are adult enough to handle the responsibilities of possible pregnancy or STD's before they dive into sex. Avoid this book, unless you want your teens to be enouraged to have sexual intercourse before they are ready.
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