Airhead (Airhead Series #1) [NOOK Book]


Meg Cabot expands her huge fan base with this slightly darker, more mysterious novel - without losing any of her signature heart and humor.


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 ...
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Meg Cabot expands her huge fan base with this slightly darker, more mysterious novel - without losing any of her signature heart and humor.


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?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Cabot (the Princess Diaries series) dishes up all the story ingredients her fans have come to know and love—romance, humor, believable teen dialogue and even a fantastical twist. This last bit requires a major suspension of disbelief, but willing readers will love it. Emerson Watts, 16, likes living in New York City's SoHo neighborhood, but she can't tolerate most of the students at her private high school. She and her best friend (and secret crush), Christopher, escape their outcast status by immersing themselves in online video games. But Emerson's bland world shatters when she attends the opening of a new Stark Megastore and suffers a terrible accident. She wakes up in the hospital one month later in someone else's body—and not just anyone else's, but that of superhot teen model Nikki Howard. Cabot's portrayal of Emerson is brilliant. She's a too-cool-for-school independent chick, but she doesn't grow annoying, because the author makes it clear her sarcasm stems from not fitting in. Once she's Nikki Howard, however, she has to rethink her positions on the social order. Pure fun, this first series installment will leave readers clamoring for the next. Ages 12—up. (June)

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Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 12 up.

Emerson (Em) Watts hates the superficial world of cheerleading, modeling and size zero bodies. When a media megastore opens where a local family grocer used to be, the town boycotts the opening. Despite the boycott, Em's sister, Frida, insists on going to the megastore's opening because teen celebrities Gabriel Luna and Nikki Howard are scheduled to appear there. At the opening, boycotters sneak in with paintball guns and aim their fire at the plasma TVs hanging throughout the store. As Frida approaches Nikki Howard for an autograph, a protester shoots his gun at a screen directly above her head, causing the large TV to come loose from the wires holding it in place. Seeing her sister in danger, Em lunges forward. She pushes her sister to safety just as the last wire breaks, sending the TV crashing down on top of Em. Weeks later, Em wakes up from the accident. She is still in the hospital and begins to realize that something is strangely different about her voice and her body. When visitors keep mistaking her for Nikki Howard, she finally discovers that she has had her brain transplanted into the body of the famous model, who coincidentally died of a brain aneurysm at the same moment as the TV fell. Problems arise as Em tries to cope with her own death and struggles to learn how to be her new identity, Nikki Howard, a girl who is all that Em dislikes. While the plot is unique and interesting, its far-fetched nature keeps the reader at a distance. Additionally, Em's voice is unbelievable, and her emotional development does not match the intensity of her experiences, which prevents the reader from connecting with Em. Reviewer: Melissa Joy Adams

KLIATT - Asleigh Larsen
Em Watts is the ultimate tomboy: she loves most things girls hate. She's addicted to video games, as well as to her fellow video-game pal, Christopher—but refuses to reveal her crush on him because it would qualify as girly behavior. Before she can tell Christopher how she feels, however, a freak accident changes her—physically. The next thing she knows, Britain's most popular vocal artist is singing her awake. Soaking in his sultry voice proves easier than accepting the fact that she has woken up in a super model's body. Em realizes that fitting in with the crowd will no longer be a challenge, but she still wants to get to the bottom of what happened. The plot thickens with both hilarious situations and awkward encounters: Em fakes amnesia since she doesn't know what to do at a photo shoot; she runs from vicious fourth-grade girls who attack her for her autograph; and she realizes that the famous super model's laptop is bugged. YA readers will enjoy the witty, conversational dialogue as well as the encouragement to not take everything too seriously. From the author who penned the world-renowned The Princess Diaries volumes, here comes the start of another series. Reviewer: Asleigh Larsen
School Library Journal

Gr 7-9

Cabot delivers yet another fun and frothy piece of escapism in this far-fetched but rousing roller-coaster ride of a novel. The plot centers on a freak accident at the new Stark Megastore. Emma Watts has a huge plasma TV land on her just as Nikki Howard, supermodel and the Face of Stark, enters the store and suffers a brain aneurism. Stark, determined to keep their moneymaking "face" alive, embarks on a risky venture that they have been doing for years, unbeknownst to anyone else. Now Emma's brain is in Nikki's body and her life will never be the same. If Emma tells anyone, her family will be slapped with millions in medical bills. Cabot pulls readers in and makes them care about Emma, her family, her best friend, and her secret crush. No one in the cast is completely fleshed out but there is some character development. This book is sure to fly off the shelves and leave readers breathlessly awaiting the promised sequel.-Shari Fesko, Southfield Public Library, MI

Kirkus Reviews
Unlike her starry-eyed sister, down-to-earth Em Watts isn't thrilled to be at Stark Megastore's star-studded opening, especially since her best friend and secret crush, Christopher, can't stop drooling over teen modeling sensation and Stark representative, Nikki Howard. Just as Em wonders how Nikki can captivate people so, she suffers an accident that sends her to a Manhattan hospital with life-altering injuries that intimately intertwine both women forever-her brain has been surgically transplanted into Nikki's body. This bizarre new relationship with Nikki forces Em, a self-identifying feminist, to reevaluate her life views and slowly to accept Nikki as more than just an airhead. Although quick to set up the accident and its repercussions, the text slows down to an even pace, introducing many juicy issues to be explored in the upcoming sequel, especially with respect to nefarious corporate activities. Although it relies on a somewhat far-fetched premise, the text's abundant references to current pop culture and Em's witty character keep this read both grounded and fun. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545229821
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: Airhead Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 68,684
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 403 KB

Meet the Author

MEG CABOT'S many series and books for adults, teens, and tweens have included multiple #1 New York Times bestsellers and have sold more than fifteen million copies worldwide. Her Princess Diaries series has been published in more than thirty-eight countries and was made into two hit films by Disney. Meg also wrote the New York Times bestselling Mediator, Airhead, Insatiable, and Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series, as well as the award-winning novels All-American Girl and Avalon High. Meg lives in Key West with her husband and two cats. Visit Meg online at


Meg Cabot knows that one of the best cures for feeling gawky and conspicuous is reading about someone who sticks out even more than you do. Her books for young adults invariably feature girls who have extraordinary powers that carry extraordinary burdens. Cabot's Princess Diaries series offers up the secret thoughts of Mia Thermopolis, who discovers at age 14 that she is actually the princess of a small European country. This revelation adds significantly to her extant concerns about crushes, friendships, school, and other matters falling under adolescent scrutiny.

Cabot, a native of Indiana weaned on Judy Blume and Barbara Cartland, was already a successful romance novelist (as Patricia Cabot) before she began writing for young adults; her alter-alter ego, Jenny Carroll, began a new series shortly after The Princess Diaries debuted. The Carroll books are divided between the Mediator series, starring a girl who can communicate with restless ghosts; and the 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU books, in which a girl struck by lightning acquires the ability to locate missing people.

Cabot writes her books in a conspiratorial, first-person style that resonates with her readers. She has obviously kept a grip on the vernacular and the key issues of adolescence; but what makes her books so irresistible is the mixing of the mundane with the fantastic. After all, who wouldn't like to wake up and be a princess all of a sudden, or a seer? Cabot takes such offhand notions and roots them firmly in the details of average, middle-class American life. She has also tiptoed into mystery and paranormal suspense with other YA novels and series installments.

Cabot continues to write adult novels under various permutations of her given name (Meggin Patricia Cabot): from 19th-century historical romances to contemporary chick lit. And, as with her books for teens, these romances have earned praise for their lighthearted humor and well drawn characters.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Cabot:

"I am left handed."

"I hate tomatoes of any kind."

"I really wanted to be veterinarian, but I got a 410 on my math SATs."

"Writing used to be my hobby, but now that it's my job, I have no hobby -- except watching TV and laying around the pool reading US Weekly. I have tried many hobbies, such as knitting, Pilates, ballet, yoga, and guitar, but none of them have taken. So I guess I'm stuck with no hobby.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Meggin Patricia Cabot (full name); Patricia Cabot, Jenny Caroll
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991
    2. Website:

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  • Posted June 12, 2010

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    A Great Book by Meg Cabot

    I'd found this book at my school library. As a twelve year old, this book was really age appropriate for teens and young adults. While reading, I came across many pop culture mentions. Meg Cabot is quite exceptional at description of the setting, and the personalities of the characters. This book is BEYOND hilarious. Emerson-Nikki is very intriguing. I highly recommend this book!

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2008

    Good Read from an awesome author

    I've only read a select few of Meg Cabot's books. Some of them have been too long or cheesy. This book was very good though. Although a little ahead of its time medically speaking. It's about a girl, so far from the limelight that she can't even see it, becoming the big star. Except where every girl in high school would want to be in her shoes, she would rather be a nobody. The story of how fame is obtained against the will and coping with changing times. A good look at two very different sides of the high school food chain.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    Meg's Best Book Yet

    She never wanted to go to the grand opening of the new Stark Megastore store. That was her sister Frida's idea. But that day changed her life. In an attempt to save her sister Frida from certain harm, Em tries to push Frida out of the way, getting crushed by a falling television screen in the process. When Em wakes up in the hospital, she has no idea what happened. She can only recall bits of what happened that day, such as a certain gorgeous British singer and songwriter, Gabriel Luna, who sneaks into the hospital to give her flowers. But that's not the only strange thing that happens. Her voice sounds funny, and soon her supposed best friend and celebutante Lulu Collins and her supposed boyfriend Brandon Stark kidnap her from the hospital and take her back to her supposed penthouse apartment. And Em has no idea why she's being whisked off by famous people that's she's only heard of from skimming her sister Frida's magazines. Until, of course, she finds out that she's stuck in supermodel Nikki Howard's body. Airhead could possibly be Meg Cabot's best novel yet. I have to admit that I have never been a completely devoted fan of Meg Cabot's works (with the exception of Avalon High), but Airhead was quick to become one of my favorites. Cabot proves herself to be a versatile and extremely ingenious writer. I do not understand where these crazy ideas come from, but I'm glad they do, because Airhead was simply an amazing book. I don't want to give away anything too crucial to the plot, so I'll only say that Meg Cabot does an amazing job of combining the modeling world with that of advanced science. It is very amusing to watch Em's character as she navigates in and adjusts to her new life. Em is laugh-out-loud funny, and at the same time, she comes off as very intelligent. I really cannot find any faults with this novel. It has both hilarious and meaningful moments, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. I recommend this novel first to all Meg Cabot fans you will not be disappointed! And even if you don't usually like Meg Cabot's other novels, you'll be sure to enjoy Airhead, because it is an incredible read that left me wanting more. I highly suggest you run out immediately to buy this book before it gets sold out, and I know I certainly can't wait for the continuation of this awesome series.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

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    If I'm being completely honest, which I am, I would say that I really did not expect to like this book that much. I mean, it's Meg Cabot so I knew it would be funny but the description of the book did sound a little strange. And I wasn't really sure that someone, even Meg Cabot, could pull off making a brain transplant, or full body transplant, seem plausible.
    Which proves that I seriously underestimated Meg Cabot because I not only liked and found the book believable, but I LOVED it! I'm not exactly the kind of girl that reads model books, or even girly books really, I have a few that I've liked, but usually I steer towards the tougher characters, the tomboy girls and such, which was something I really liked about the book actually. It was a balance. Em Watts was a serious tomboy, exactly my sort of character, but Nikki Howard? One word people; supermodel. So the contrast of Em;s brain in Nikki's body created a lot of humor.
    I love that about Meg Cabot's books, I;ve never read one and not laughed my head off. Seriously, i'm surprised it's still there. (Just kidding (; I have my head :P )
    I love the realisticness of her characters. how they're so easy to relate to, I've never been of the frame of mind that modeling could be overly hard either (I mean I totally respect the girls and guys that do it, I've never believed I could either) but I don't know, I never thought of it as challenging either. I love how Meg Cabot takes things like that and shows us what they're like, I don't know if she's done these things herself (she is really pretty) or if she just has an awesome imagination but what she says makes sense and how the character feels about it is totally believable, making me go "Hey, yeah I think I would feel that way too..."
    And her guys! LEt's not forget her guys! Whose with me that Meg Cabot's guys are awesome? I'm in love with Christopher! I've already downloaded the last two books in the series on my nook and will probably fly through them because I don't think I can deal with not knowing if and how Em can let Christopher know that it's still her!
    And my goodness, the ending! Can a writer WRITE better endings that this author? Seriously, she manages to make you practically die to read the next one without scaring you half to death or stopping in the middle of some "someone's about to die" moment which is really really admirable. I especially liked that about this book, it ended on a good note but with so many underlying problems and unanswered questions, well let's just say I downloaded the other books pretty quick. :)
    I would say this is an appropriate read for ages 13 or 14 and up, because of brief references (nothing bad but just things that younger readers might need parental guidance on as in referring to what some things are)
    I already love The Mediator series, the 1-800-Where-R-You series, Teen Idol, and Avalon High, but now the Airhead series is so going on my list of favorite books (which a book has to fight pretty hard to do, I love a lot of books but few make my favorites list) so basically if you have not read this book, love fashion or hate it, love to laugh, cute boys, science, mystery, potential romance, and a little bit of drama this is the book for you. So basically if you're any teen girl you will love it. Your Faithful Reviewer, DayDreamingBookGirl ;)
    If you like Meg Cabot try the Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey and any of Linda Palmer's teen books, they hold simil

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    I can't lie; this had to be the oddest book that I have read by one of my favorite authors! <BR/><BR/>Emerson Watts is a pretty typical nerdy girl at a good school. She has one best friend, who she is secretly in love with (It is a guy, by the way.) But she is only typical until she goes to a store opening with her sister and gets injured in a very freak accident. <BR/><BR/>When she wakes up after about a month of being unconscious, she feels like she is someone else. <BR/><BR/>And she actually is. <BR/><BR/>This is not a paranormal book. She gets a brain transplant. <BR/><BR/>At the end of the book I literally said, "Get me the next book! NOW!" The ending is a total cliffhanger! <BR/><BR/>The characters are smart, witty, and a little weird, as with typical Meg Cabot books. A fun read, even though the beginning is a little hard to understand, and can be difficult to get into. However, it is definitely worth reading the whole thing, because it is truly hilarious!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008


    I love this book. I really thought it was going to be something like the usual but this one was really creative and well thought out of the box for me.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    This book ia amazing!

    This is the best book I have ever read and this is a great romance series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

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    Recommended For Teens

    This book is okay. It's not the best book but it's entertaining and filled with drama. It's a good book for teenage girls who like books about drama, and that they can relate to. It's easily relatable for me as a teenage girl. It's a very humourous and good book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    Great book. Great price

    I cant believe how inexpensive this is considering how amazing this book is and how amazing meg cabot is. Seriously one of my favorite series ever.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Great!!!! :)

    Omg! This is such an amazing book! I love the drama and rromahce in this book ;) im cant wait to read the next ones! Lol ;)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

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    Awesome! 8D

    This book is not your average book. See Em Watts has switched bodies with supermodel NIkki Howard. And is learning to adjust, slowly, BUT gradually. This book is the boom!(haha)And all the guys in the book are like drool worthy, especially Christopher. This book was amazing as was the rest of the series. I recomened it to all. Although i did picture NIkki different then what the cover shows. Read this book i promise you won't regret it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014


    I loved these books sooooo much!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Very good :-)

    I read it and im in 4th grade and its awesome :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Awesome sauce

    It is a great book. Have not finished yet but already love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013


    I mean i love romance books but i can't say this is the best but of you love love books i will otally reccomend it to u

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Amazing Book

    I was nine when i first read this, and i cried. The storyline is so amazing and i loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Really good

    Good book. Barely able to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Love it

    Awesome!!! One of the best books i have ever read...

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