June 11, 2008

Airhead by Meg Cabot

AirheadImagine one moment being an average teenage girl with a crush on your best friend and then, next thing you know, you wake up in the hospital, people are looking at you funny, your voice sounds weird and for the first time in your life you don't want a sundae and a cookie... oh, and when you look at the mirror it's not your face you see but that of the world's hottest teenage supermodel.

Well, that's what happens to Em Watts in Meg Cabot's newest teen book Airhead.

I won't spoil it for you, just say that it doesn't involve any type of Freaky Friday body change experience, instead it revolves around a premise that, though a bit far fetched, is quite original and wholly entertaining.

Airhead is a book like I hadn't read in a while, it has that warmth and lightness and fun that's classic Meg Cabot, and it comes across better than it has in the past few books (Pants on Fire, How to Be Popular) which were good but I think they lacked a dash of the old enchantment from earlier books (think Mediator series or 1-800).

Em is a totally likable heroine, smart and funny and mature-yet-age appropriate. Airhead has some really laugh out loud moments and some more quiet, sweet ones. The mix and contrast of Em's world and Nikki's world was amazingly well done.

The only sad part is that now I have to wait a whole year for the sequel "Being Nikki".

Go pick up Airhead.



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