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SamanthaMeetBook

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

The Meet Book is a fandom term that refers to the initial book or books that come bundled with a character doll at purchase.

Details

Meet books for Historical Characters were originally titled Meet [Name]: An American Girl. The book came with the doll at purchase[1] and generally establish the setting, character, historical era for Historical Characters, and background of the character which 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.

With Best Friend Characters, the books are 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 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.

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.

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 only titled with the character's name.[2] 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.

When a character is retired or archived, her 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:

Meet Kaya: An American Girl
The Journey Begins
Kaya: The Journey Begins

Felicity Merriman:

Meet Felicity: An American Girl
Love and Loyalty

Elizabeth Cole:

Very Funny, Elizabeth

Caroline Abbott:

Meet Caroline: An American Girl
Captain of the Ship

Josefina Montoya:

Meet Josefina: An American Girl,[3]
Sunlight and Shadows
Josefina: Sunlight and Shadows

Cécile Rey:

Meet Cécile: An American Girl

Marie-Grace Gardner:

Meet Marie-Grace: An American Girl

Kirsten Larson:

Meet Kirsten: An American Girl

Addy Walker:

Meet Addy: An American Girl
Finding Freedom
Addy: Finding Freedom

Samantha Parkington:

Meet Samantha: An American Girl
Manners and Mischief

Nellie O'Malley:

Nellie's Promise

Rebecca Rubin:

Meet Rebecca: An American Girl
The Sound of Applause
Rebecca: The Sound of Applause

Kit Kittredge:

Meet Kit: An American Girl
Read All About It!
Kit: Read All About It!

Ruthie Smithens:

Really Truly Ruthie

Molly McIntire:

Meet Molly: An American Girl
A Winning Spirit

Emily Bennett:

Brave Emily

Maryellen Larkin:

The One and Only
Maryellen: The One and Only

Melody Ellison:

No Ordinary Sound
Melody: No Ordinary Sound

Julie Albright:

Meet Julie: An American Girl
The Big Break
Julie: The Big Break

Ivy Ling:

Good Luck, Ivy

Girls of the Year and Contemporary Characters Meet Books

Lindsey Bergman:

Lindsey

Kailey Hopkins

Kailey

Marisol Luna:

Marisol

Jess McConnell:

Jess

Nicki Fleming:

Nicki

Mia St. Clair:

Mia

Chrissa Maxwell:

Chrissa

Lanie Holland:

Lanie

Kanani Akina:

Aloha, Kanani

McKenna Brooks:

McKenna

Saige Copeland:

Saige

Isabelle Palmer:

Isabelle

Grace Thomas:

Grace

Lea Clark:

Lea Dives In

Gabriela McBride:

Gabriela

Tenney Grant:

Tenney

Z Yang:

The Real Z

Luciana Vega:

Luciana

Blaire Wilson:

Blaire

Joss Kendrick:

Joss

See Also

References

  1. Until retirement.
  2. The only exceptions so far are Kanani, Lea, and Z.
  3. In Spanish, the title was Así es Josefina: Una Niña Americana ("Here is Josefina: An American Girl")
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