Minor Spoilers for Ready or Not and major spoilers for All American Girl
Today, I read Ready or Not by Meg Cabot, it is the sequel to All American Girl*.
I chose to re-read Ready or Not, despite it having been relegated to the (very small) pile of books I plan to give away, because yesterday I picked up All American Girl for a light read. Upon finishing All American Girl I figured I would give Ready or Not another chance before giving it away.
My recollection of Ready or Not was that it was no where near as good as All American Girl, a bit trashy, and obsessed with sex.
Upon re-reading, I agree with past Jocelyn that it is not as good as All American Girl, and that the main character, Sam, spends the whole book obsessing about whether or not to have sex with her boyfriend, David. I would reflect, however, that Ready or Not utilised suspense in the form of a huge misunderstanding between Sam and David. Despite Sam being the sole narrator, it is obvious to the audience that she is working herself into a tizzy over one conversation in which she presumes David is using a euphemism when, in actual fact, he is not.
‘Misunderstanding suspense’ is one of my least favourite tropes** and is why I have learnt not to stop watching an episode half way through lest I never return to the show. It also leads me to stay up well past my bedtime to ensure a book ends well.
I basically read Ready or Not in a day without a whole lot of effort (and no staying up late). I will still be giving it away and I wouldn’t recommend anyone read it. Just read All American Girl and pretend the story stops there.
*All American Girl is a book I enjoyed so much that the first time I finished it I immediately flipped back to the front and started reading again. Granted, I was on a long-haul flight with not much else to do. In regards to taste; I was also 17 at the time.
**After all the tropes that dehumanise people