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The Samantha doll with Meet Samantha, an example of a Meet Book.

A Meet Book is a fandom term that refers to the first book that comes bundled with a character doll at purchase to introduce the character.

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Meet books for Historical Characters were originally titled Meet [Name]: An American Girl. A meet book is always bundled with the doll at purchase.

Historical meet books generally establish the setting, character, historical era for Historical Characters, and background of the character, setting up the story that often is expanded on in later books. In the Looking Back section, the topic of discussion is always America at the time of the series, and details about the pressing details that will serve as a theme through the series--for example, Meet Kit discusses the lead up to the Great Depression, while Meet Caroline discusses the lead up to the War of 1812. This helps place historical context for the stories and characters. While Cécile Rey and Marie-Grace Gardner share a series, they are both given meet books; Cécile's discusses the lives of free blacks in New Orleans while Marie-Grace's discusses New Orleans specifically.

There were several sets that included all the released Historical Characters' meet books together, so as to introduce a purchaser to several characters at once. This was discontinued with Kaya's release.

With Best Friend Characters, the books were still considered meet books although the titles are unique; their books serve to show a unique angle for the character not detailed in the main Historical Character's central series, with books either set in the midst of or after the Historical Character's series.

With the launch of BeForever, the Central Series were rebundled into two volumes and the current historical dolls come with Volume 1 of their Classic Series, which includes the full text of the original stand-alone book as well as the next two books. With the depreciation of the BeForever branding and the abridged versions being released, the books and stories were abridged and, while most of the first meet book may be partially contained, excerpts are often removed.

In the early years of the American Girl of Today, dolls came with a six-book set that mimicked the Central Series, and came with writing guides that were intended to prompt the purchaser to create a central series of their own. These were later discontinued. Starting in 2019, Truly Me dolls started coming with a copy of Friends: Making Them and Keeping Them.

With the Girls of the Year and Contemporary Characters, the meet book is frequently titled with just the character's first name.[1] The meet book establishes the location and characterization in a modern location, as well as issues faced by the character and, if applicable, locations traveled to. Initially characters only had one book available to tell the entire story for a character. Starting with Nicki Fleming, characters had multiple books; the first book still establishes setting and character.

The World by Us characters each have a meet book; all three books tie the characters together and occur in something of a chronological order.

When a character is retired or archived, the books are generally left available for separate purchase for some time.

Terminology

Because the first books for the Historical Characters were titled Meet ____, this became the fandom term for several items. The initial outfit a character wears is labeled the meet outfit and the initial accessories are referred as meet accessories;the outfit shown on the cover matches what the character doll is (or was) dressed in at purchase. When Felicity's meet outfit was changed from the Rose Garden Gown to the Traveling Gown, her book covers were changed.

Exceptions:

  • Ruthie Smithens is wearing a coat over her meet outfit.
  • Molly McIntire wore her meet outfit on the cover of the books until the 2004 cover revamp, where the cover showed her Halloween Costume. With her BeForever volumes, the covers once again reflect the meet outfit that was available.
  • Emily Bennett is wearing her recital outfit on the cover.
  • Ivy Ling is wearing her New Year outfit.
  • Kailey Hopkins is wearing her wetsuit.
  • Luciana Vega is is wearing the jacket from her stellar outfit over her meet dress.
  • Joss Kendrick is wearing her surfing swimset.

Historical Characters and Best Friend Characters Meet Books

Kaya:

Felicity Merriman:

Elizabeth Cole:

Caroline Abbott:

Josefina Montoya:

Cécile Rey:

Marie-Grace Gardner:

Kirsten Larson:

Addy Walker:

Samantha Parkington:

Nellie O'Malley:

Rebecca Rubin:

Kit Kittredge:

Ruthie Smithens:

Molly McIntire:

Emily Bennett:

Maryellen Larkin:

Melody Ellison:

Julie Albright:

Ivy Ling:

Courtney Moore:

Girls of the Year Meet Books

Contemporary Characters Meet Books

World by Us Meet Books

See Also

References

  1. Exceptions include Kanani, Lea, Z, Corrine, and all the World By Us characters.
  2. In Spanish, the title was Así es Josefina: Una Niña Americana ("Here is Josefina: An American Girl")
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