Picking up a book which is not that talked about in the book tube world or any book blogs. Its Airhead by Meg Cabot , this is first book in the Airhead series.
Airhead by Meg Cabot
Series: Airhead #1
Published by Macmillan Children’s Books
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Contemporary
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.
I thought the description of the story was cliché myself when I first saw it. You could say this book is a new age science fiction mixed with chick lit. I find this brain transplant idea pretty cool.
Review of Airhead
I know what you’re thinking. I thought the description of the story was cliché myself when I first saw it. However, I thought the idea of taking one’s brain and putting it into the body of another was a pretty interesting idea and definitely not something you hear about every day. I gave the book a chance, and it is SO much more than what the description tells you about. Em is a person who subconsciously struggles with taking control of her life as well as self-confidence; something that I know many girls and boys – myself included – can relate to.
Airhead deals with these topics through the narrative of a realistic character, which gives the readers a stronger connection when looking through her eyes. Em is given the opportunity to live the life of someone who has everything, from endless supplies of money to natural physical beauty. Through these crazy experiences, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, learning more about herself than she ever would have had she remained in her former life. Along with the main plot of the book, Em also learns more about the truth of living a luxurious lifestyle.
I particularly enjoyed the school scenes where Emerson (in Nikki’s body) returns to school and experiences the difference in how people treat her (including Christopher who doesn’t seem to fall for Nikki’s appearance). Although it was quite stereotypical the way cheerleaders in the school acted (sucking up for attention and being all round mean girls) it was kind of hilarious reading about it in this situation.
I think the story has a potential to turn out great, but sadly it didn’t. Meg Cabot killed it with Em obsessing over trying to impress Christopher with her Nikki body, wondering how much impact her death has on him, and dealing with Nikki’s boys drama. And when the book ends, nothing happens. Hmm, I don’t like this.Another thing I didn’t like about this book is the writing. I loved Meg Cabot’s style in The Princess Diaries, and I still see it in Airhead, but unfortunately it doesn’t work in this.
Airhead is a fluffy summer breezy read filled with loads of dry humor provided by the often confused protagonist. It tries to focus a lot on the real definition of beauty; not the artificial one that society implants in our minds through pop culture and media. If you do decide to read this book, you’ll probably want to check out the sequels; Being Nikki and Runaway, as well.
“Looks can be deceiving.”