Saturday, January 19, 2013

Review: AIRHEAD by Meg Cabot

Title: Airhead

Author: Meg Cabot

Publication date: January 1st, 2008

Publisher: Point


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.


Meg Cabot, put simply, is wonderful. I've been a fan of her for years and have been going into bookish depression when I reach the last book of The Princess Diaries knowing that I can't read any more about Michael. While there isn't a Michael in this book, there is an Em. Or Nikki, I should say. 

Em is a video game playing, feminist teenager. She has one friend, Chris, who she's had a crush on since about seventh grade. Of course, does he know she exists in that way? Nope. Her little sister, on the other hand, is the opposite. Frida is obsessed with being popular, meeting celebrities, and becoming just like the Walking Dead (as Chris and Em have dubbed basically everyone in their school). Knowing that Frida is still too "silly" to be trusted by herself in a megastore, waiting for an autograph from her celebrity crush, Gabriel Luna, their mother makes Em go along with her. And Em makes Chris come too for moral support. 

Then everything goes haywire. When Nikki Howard, the supermodel, comes on to the scene, everyone suddenly diverts their attention to her. Frida is one of her biggest fans so she becomes a girl in a trance when she walks over to her to get an autograph. The chaos starts when a protestor shoots a paintball which then makes a TV from the ceiling come down. Em, being the big sister she is, throws herself to push Frida out of the way. 

The next time she wakes up, it's a month later and she's confused. She quickly learns about their brain transplant operation and that she suddenly has a different life. Emerson Watts is dead. She has to continue living Nikki's life along with her obligations, love life, and friendship with the adorable Lulu. 

The characters: I adored them. Meg Cabot always makes such great characters to fall in love with and it was the same with Airhead. Em is loyal and although pushy with Frida, you know she loves her. She's a great friend and has a backbone when she needs it. Gabriel? Still not sure about it, but he's growing on me. Chris? Loved him, grew suspicious of him, then my heart melted for him at the end. Gosh, I want more of Chris! 

And Lulu. I honestly didn't think I would like someone named "Lulu" but I did with this girl. She was so clueless and although I wanted HER to grow a backbone, you couldn't help than to love her. 

The plot: Loved. It. Modeling, brain transplants, body swapping of sorts. Added to that, Cabot's writing was so enjoyable as always. I loved where we ended off and craved for more. Did I mention that I read this in ONE sitting? The only time I took a break was too brush my teeth and even then, I still snuck glances at it. Utterly entertaining. 

The agony of waiting for the sequels to come in at the library because I'm going out of town and won't be able to read them until NEXT WEEK: Pretty much says it for itself. 

If you've read Cabot's other works, loved them, and haven't read Airhead yet, I suggest you remedy that ASAP, my friends. 

Verdict: A time-sucker that deserved it and gives Cabot another point in my opinion. 


  1. I love this book, and the trilogy actually gets better as it goes along. You are in for a lot more awesomeness. Meg Cabot does always write great characters- her protagonists are so loveable in their insecurities.
    Also: Michael. You just made me start missing him all over again!!
    I hope you enjoy the next two books! :)

    1. Yay! You made me so happy. I hate it when there's a trilogy and the other two just sinks the first one. They really are.
      I know, every time I think or write about him, I want to reread the series again! The last book is my favorite. Thank you!

  2. I love Meg Cabot & I'm so glad you enjoyed this book, plus the good news is: The other 2 books get even better! 1 of my favorite lines from a book is actually from the last book in this trilogy. I also loved the characters and their dynamics. :) Great review!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

    1. I've been a fan of hers and then I saw you read and loved this book and I went: WHAT have I been waiting for? Ooh, I'm so excited! Thank you :)

  3. This sounds like a fun read! I actually have not read any of Meg Cabot's books yet. *hides* I know! I have some on my TBR though! :)

  4. Eeeeep! I'm so happy to know I'm not the only one who tries to continue reading a great book while brushing my teeth! Hahaha! Wow, there are a lot of fun things going on in this story, and your wonderful review has definitely piqued my interest. I have a pug named LuLu, so that might be hard to get past, but I'm definitely willing to give it a try! Great review :D

    1. Definitely not the only one. Brushing my teeth, flossing, mouth watch, the whole sha-bang. That's so sweet, thank you! Hope you love it :)

  5. I love reading reviews like this where you just loved the book, so much fun to find those books that just make our lives better by existing.

    I have not read a book by Meg yet but I got to sneak into her signing like in Decatur and she was an absolutely wonderful person :) I know lots of people who adore her work. I'll have to ask my sister if she'd read any of it.


    1. Yes! Oh, so jealous. I hope to meet her one day. Hope you love her books as much as I do!