Release: May 13th, 2011
Pages: 337 (Hardcover)
Cover: 2/5 Stars
Plot: 2.75/5 Stars
Em Watts didn't want anything to do with Nikki Howard. She was fine with making fun of the "Walking Dead" and playing Journeyquest with her best friend Christopher.
Until one day when she's dragged along with her sister Frida to the SoHo Stark Megastore grand opening to see the British Heartthrob Gabriel Luna- along with Frida's star the airhead model, Nikki Howard. One freak accident later and Em is not herself. Literally.
Airhead. What a book. Honestly, I don't know how I feel about it. Confused? Let me explain. While it took forever (really, more than half the book) to find out what's really going on, and even after that it just kept on dragging itself. There was so big climax, and there was no hook. Well, with the minor exception of me going What is happening?! for more than half the book.
Em Watts at first seemed like a pretty good character. But after a while, I didn't get so much of a reading of her personality. All I know is that she loves Journeyquest, loves Christopher, and loves reading (and complaining about) magazines her sister leaves around. It's like her feet were a few sizes too small and I couldn't immerse myself into her world. She's just not very charismatic.
What I really did love was Nikki's best friend, Lulu. She has her heart in the right place! While her "spirit transfer" theory makes you crack up, you might also marvel in what a good friend she is. She's a well meaning person- though not perfect, really you should see what stuff she does- but she's sweet enough.
Now I've only read like two Meg Cabot books before this one (I know, shame!) and I wasn't super impressed. I wasn't 21st Century Sherlock impressed. So I didn't know what to expect for this one. Airhead fits in the ok category. It's the kind of book that I won't read again, but will pick up the sequel for. Hopefully, Being Nikki will be able to capture more of my attention! While this book isn't my cup of tea, I still think a lot of readers out there will like it.