Airhead by Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot’s newest series will debut in June 2008. The first title in the series is Airhead and I just finished reading the ARC.

It’s difficult to summarize the novel without giving away the elements of surprise in the plot. The story follows Emerson Watts, self-proclaimed outsider at Tribeca Alternative High School. A brainy tomboy, Em’s best friend is the video game loving Christopher. When Em and Christopher are forced to chaperone her younger sister’s day at a mega-story grand opening, tragedy strikes. After a horrible, tragic injury, Em wakes up in the hospital a full month after being hurt. As she begins to emerge from her coma, she comes to the realization that her worst nightmares have come true. Through a sci-fi-type surgery she has become Nikki- the seventeen-year old supermodel who has taken the world by storm.

The story started off a little slow, but picked up in the middle. I really enjoyed this book! Em is a character who is easy to relate to- she is very much like I was in high school. I also enjoyed the secondary character of Lulu. As the story moved forward she became less like a caricature of a society heiress and more like a sweet, fun-loving girl who just happens to have all the money in the world. The story was humorous and thought-provoking, which is not an easy combination to work with as a writer. However, Cabot makes it work! I am already dying for the sequel, because I want to know what happens next! The story isn’t left as a cliffhanger but it does leave you wanting more.

I would consider pairing this with The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson. Both novels offer a glimpse at teenage girls struggling to figure out who they really are. They also have that slight sci-fi edge to them, adding more mystery and intrique to the story. I think the struggle to define “who they are” is something many teenage girls will relate to, so I plan to recommend Airhead to a few of my students when we get back from spring break.

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7 Responses

  1. [...] ARC of Airhead by Meg Cabot and passed it on to another friend (thankfully, I had time to read and review it [...]

  2. I read the ARC as well and agree with most of what you said. I’m still in high school and can relate to what she (emerson) feels, trying to find out who she is.

  3. i read “All America Girl” and that was GREAT! i cant wait to read this one too!

  4. Love The Book!!!
    Cant wait 4 da next 1

  5. I absolutly LOVE this book. It has like the perfect story line about teenage love, high fashion, and of course everything that a teenager will practiclly go through, except the fact that your a supermodel. but anyway, its a FANTASTIC book, if you pick it up you wont wat to put it back down, literally.

  6. [...] thereadingzone Being Nikki (Airhead) is the second book in Meg Cabot’s Airhead series.  I read and reviewed Airhead last March and enjoyed it a lot, but it left me wanting to know more about Em and Nikki.  When I [...]

  7. [...] Best, Teenage Fiction for All Ages, Galley Smith, Liv’s Book Reviews, Harmony Book Reviews, The Reading Zone, And Another Book Read, The YA YA [...]

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