Dear Meg Cabot,
Everyone wants to make a difference, right? Everyone wants to do something that will go down in history, something to make you become a national hero! That's what I want in a book. Reality, that is the key word that grabs my attention. For me, a good book is something that there is no denying that it can actually happen, everyone can believe the same thing, for example, U.F.O's is something where there are two sides to the story. If you read a book about U.F.O.'s, someone might come up to you and say, "Don't read that! It's all made up of lies, don't you ever read something other than trash? How about Tom Sawyer?" and another person might say, "How can't U.F.O's be real? I would watch your mouth if I were you, when they invade, they'll get you first," and you don't know what to believe.
In All American Girl, everything fits in. Books are puzzles, if all the parts fit, then the author has done his or her job, but if the book is missing some pieces, then it all doesn't work out right. All American Girl is a puzzle with all the pieces on the pages and all of them connect as you read.
I can make lots of connections with Sam, of course, I haven't saved the President, but one thing we have in common is... we both understand how big changes can affect your life. There are big things I can connect with, and there are small things, like we both enjoy art, except she's good at it and I'm not. I really liked how she described exactly what happened after she saved the president. There was a lot of detail in the scene, nothing was left unmentioned, the pieces of the puzzle started to connect! How she described the moment really made me stop and think about celebrities, how they feel when there are people following them around trying to catch them messing up. She wasn't able to leave the house without being noticed, and that is one thing I would hate.
I finally am able to understand why some people don't want people to know everything about them. If someone got glasses, some people would want to keep it a secret, not wanting everyone to start shouting that they got glasses and everyone starts staring, and others might be going up to everyone saying, "Hey, hey you! Look at my glasses, I got them yesterday, first I saw blue ones, but I liked the pink ones better," and won't stop yapping. And now I can respect both types of people a lot better. Personally, I'm the type of person that if I had a big change, I wouldn't want it shouted out to the world, so loud that the people in Timbuktu could hear, but I would want some people knowing, and not acting all surprised.
Amazingly, the style of writing is something new to me, most of the books I read aren't from the characters view, most books I read from the characters point of view are only looking at one perspective, the main characters, but in All American Girl, Sam tries to put herself in other peoples shoes. And I love her personality, I mean, someone who actually dyes all of her clothes black obviously doesn't care about what people think of her, but being called a freak and Goth to your face isn't too pleasant. I also love how she handles things, calmly and patiently, or at least in this book of the two books. It made me think less about what people think about me at first sight, and focus more on trying to make everyone feel good about them. So what more is there to it? The puzzle is complete, and the complete picture is beautiful.