Airhead by Meg Cabot
Publisher/Year: Scholastic May 13th 2008
Genre: YA Chick Lit with a bit of Science Fiction
Other Books From Author: Being Nikki (Book 2), Runaway (Book 3), The Princess Diaries series, All American-Girl series, The Mediator series, Queen of Babble series, Heather Wells series, Boy series, Avalon High, Abandon Trilogy, Teen Idol, Insatiable series, How to Be Popular… Just to name a few!
Source: Kinokuniya, my favourite bookstore
EM WATTS IS GONE.
Emerson Watts didn’t even want to go to the new SoHo Stark Megastore grand opening. But someone needed to look out for her sister, Frida, whose crush, British heartthrob Gabriel Luna, would be singing and signing autographs there-along with the newly appointed Face of Stark, teen supermodel sensation Nikki Howard.
How was Em to know that disaster would strike, changing her-and life as she’d known it-forever? One bizarre accident later, and Em Watts, always the tomboy, never the party princess, is no longer herself. Literally.
Now getting her best friend, Christopher, to notice that she’s actually a girl is the least of Em’s problems.
But what Em’s pretty sure she’ll never be able to accept might just turn out to be the one thing that’s going to make her dream come true . . . .
NIKKI HOWARD IS HERE TO STAY.
First I have to say, that Meg Cabot is one special lady. With an impressive ability to weave supernatural aspects into her stories about romance, comedy, and even drama-based teen fiction, I have yet to read a book of hers I haven’t enjoyed. Excluding the Princess Diaries, but that’s another story.
So what did you expect when you saw the title “Airhead”? Something light, was what I figured that half inch book contained, something you can just breeze through without much complication. And bingo! That was exactly how I felt when I flipped through the first half of the book. The characters are all stereotypical, the popular girls posse, the not so popular girl likes to play video games instead of trying on makeup, a wannabe sister and a clueless boy best friend, could it be more cliche?
Then comes the terrible accident that changes the protagonists life forever, which turns her from a nobody to a supermodel somebody with the whole idea of a far fetched brain transplant, but you can’t expect logic in books with such themes.
But I wouldn’t write off this book just yet.
Different from airhead Nikki Howard, Em had a mind of her own. She persisted education even after continuing Nikki’s modeling career, only to find that her more-than-just-friendly-feelings-for best friend Christopher disgusts the new identity she took on. Problems crashed in one after another, what with Stark Enterprises spying on her computer, and Nikki Howard’s endless “boyfriends” looking her up, Em was plain sick and tired of the new world she got to know.
As I read Em’s transformation and struggle towards the end, to stay true to herself and be who she really was, it was more captivating than I’d thought. Imagine. Should one day you wake up to find yourself in the body of a top supermodel, what would you do? Frankly speaking, I may very well claim her identity and soak in the luxuries and privileges thereafter. Em did it different. She was not after the materialistic desires or bright limelight, she just wanted to be who she was and she fought hard for it. How many of us would be willing to do that?
It is thoroughly entertaining as a one time read and would recommend it to anyone who just wants to pass time in case their TV is not working.