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First daughter : extreme American makeover
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  Booklist Review

'The inside scoop on the celeb life" is at the center of this fast, funny novel about Sameera, 16, whose dad is the popular Republican candidate for American president. Adopted at age 3 from a Pakistani orphanage, she has spent most of her life as a diplomat's daughter. Now she is in the U.S. on a crazy ride in the public eye, hounded by the press, who ask about her 'foreignness." The ethnic-identity issues are part of the story. She connects with other Southeast Asians in Washington, D.C., who are as American as she is, and she is also right at home on her loving grandmother's Midwest dairy farm. Her father's handlers buy her the right clothes, and she loves the stiletto heels they ask her to wear, but she hates the blog they write for her, which is intended to sell her cute image. She maintains her own sharp, smart, and honest blog with her friends, and both the public and private worlds depicted here will grab readers. A sequel is planned.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2007 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

When 16-year-old Sameera joins her father's presidential campaign, she finds the national spotlight blinding, especially when it's focused on her Pakistani roots. Adopted at age three by American diplomats, Sameera is comfortable with her heritage, but when the press negatively spins her story, her confidence fades and she begins questioning her identity. Determined to help her father, Sameera lets his PR team transform her into the all-American girl that they believe the voters want. However, despite being thrilled with her physical transformation, Sameera is not psyched about changing her name to Sammy, for its American appeal, or the ditzy blog that the PR team ghostwrites in her name. As Sameera's life continues to transform out of her control and her public character is increasingly Americanized, she is faced with the decision of letting America know only the fictional Sammy or the real Sameera. An interesting premise that provides a detailed and fun glimpse into campaigning's hectic reality and shines a positive light on America's multicultural reality. (Fiction. YA) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
The race for the presidency is on, and Sameeras dad is a contender. Sameeras looking forward to some cool campaign perks: hobnobbing with celebrities, meeting smart and hunky young voters, and getting a total makeover. The makeover succeeds in making her look more polished, but some of the campaign staffers arent content to stop there. They think the candidates dark-skinned, adopted daughter could hurt his chances if she doesnt try to be more American. As the pressure builds, Sameera is forced to choose: Will she hide behind a fake persona or speak up for her true self?
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