Katie Reads: Meg Cabot’s Airhead Series

Airhead Meg Cabot


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 feel like this is one instance where I might be able to add something to the description, which is only a minor spoiler since it is the premise of the entire series: when they say “Em … is no longer herself. Literally.” They really mean literally. Em is the subject of an experimental surgery where they take the brain of someone whose body is destroyed and place it in the body of someone who is physically fine but is brain dead. For Em, that brain dead body is that of supermodel Nikki Howard.

When I first starting reading Meg Cabot’s Airhead I was a little concerned because Em comes off as one of those girls who thinks she is so much cooler than other girls because she likes video games and doesn’t care about things like celebrities or makeup. Luckily, Em is forced to confront this view as the trilogy goes on. This was possibly my favorite thing about the Airhead series – that it discusses how it’s important to be an intelligent, good person, but that it’s okay to also want to look pretty. Because YOU CAN DO BOTH. SHOCKER.

I read Airhead a number of years ago, but didn’t pick up the sequels, Being Nikki and Runaway (I think they weren’t out yet and then I forgot about them), so I never found out how the series ended. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I will say that it did not go in the direction I thought it would go, but that I really liked it.

Airhead by Meg Cabot is available at your library (probably), but also on Amazon.

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