Confession: This is my first Meg Cabot novel. I know. I can’t believe it either. I always meant to read one, but I just never did. Until AIRHEAD came along with its irresistible premise: 16 year old brainiac Emerson Watts is involved in an accident in the presence of teen modeling sensation Nikki Howard, and when she wakes up, she wakes up in Nikki’s body. Now Em can get any guy she wants, except the one she wants: her best friend and video game buddy Christopher.
AIRHEAD is just the kind of light, fun read I needed after reading Ellen Hopkins’ TRICKS. Meg’s voice on her blog has always seemed effortless to me – like chatting with a really witty, laid back friend – and that effortlessness is clearly on display here. Even with all the high-tech trappings, the story and prose just flow, never seeming at all forced.
I mean, ok, the build-up to the reveal of why exactly Em is now in Nikki’s body is agonizingly slow, and there’s no real resolution of any of the conflicts presented (Em vs the Stark Media empire for example) in this installment – because this book is set-up for the next two in the series, BEING NIKKI (out in paperback now) and RUNAWAY (coming in hardcover April 20th). But I was so charmed by the writing and the characters that I have no problem coming back for more. (In fact, I will be reading those other two novels this month).
I really liked getting inside Em’s head and experiencing her reactions to the sudden changes in her life. Still, the standout character for me was Lulu Collins, the BFF of the model formerly living in Nikki’s body. Lulu may be hilariously clueless about a lot of things, but she’s also sweet, well-meaning and full of wisdom in areas where Em is in way over her head.
So, if you’re not yet acquainted with this series, you’re in luck! I have two AIRHEAD prize packs to give away today to readers in the US. The prize pack includes paperback copies of both AIRHEAD and BEING NIKKI to prepare you for the RUNAWAY release. To enter, just tell me this in the comments: If you HAD to wake up in the body of any celebrity, whose life would you prefer? Would you keep on living as them as if nothing happened? Or would you make some changes? I’ll keep the giveaway open until Monday April 19th at 11:59 pm CST.
Oh and find out more about the series at the official Airhead series website!