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Being Nikki (Airhead Series #2)

Being Nikki (Airhead Series #2)

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by Meg Cabot

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The second book in the New York Times bestselling phenomenon from Meg Cabot.

It's not easy being Nikki. Ever since former tomboy Emerson Watts' accident at the SoHo Stark Megastore--and subsequent brain transplant into the body of teen supermodel Nikki Howard--her life has changed dramatically. Em's trying to handle the demands of school, modeling, fending off


The second book in the New York Times bestselling phenomenon from Meg Cabot.

It's not easy being Nikki. Ever since former tomboy Emerson Watts' accident at the SoHo Stark Megastore--and subsequent brain transplant into the body of teen supermodel Nikki Howard--her life has changed dramatically. Em's trying to handle the demands of school, modeling, fending off Nikki's creepy ex-boyfriends, and living with celebutante Lulu Collins.

Will this former tomboy be able to make it in the world of high fashion? What will happen if she can't?

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Sarah Cofer
Being a super model was never on "video-game-loving, soulless-corporation-hating" Em's to-do list, but with limos, private jets, and an endless supply of lip gloss, a girl could get used to being Nikki. Fearful that Stark Enterprises, "intent on sucking the lifeblood from small businesses everywhere," will sue her parents and put them jail, Em agrees to keep her brain transplant a secret and become supermodel Nikki Howard. Photo shoots and partying at the hottest night clubs seriously conflicts with school and the painful pursuit of Christopher, Em's best friend and crush pre-brain transplant, who does not know she is alive. When Steven, Nikki's brother, shows up looking for their missing mother, Em realizes there might be a cover up. Perhaps Nikki has discovered a dark secret Stark Enterprises would do anything to keep. Cabot's fans will be clamoring for this sequel to Airhead (Point/Scholastic, 2008/VOYA June 2008), although it could easily stand alone. But this fun, light, and easy read lacks that Cabot sparkle found in previous novels. Em easily loses herself in Nikki by doing things she never would have done as Em, such as kissing every hot guy who massages her neck. The story line drags, falls flat, and ends abruptly. The brain transplant premise and one-dimensional, celebrity-obsessed characters are overly melodramatic. A better story would have combined the two books into one novel. Cabot's popularity will ultimately be the catalyst that propels this book off the shelf. Make room for more sequels because the next book is coming soon. Reviewer: Sarah Cofer
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
For my 13th birthday, my grandfather selected a couple of books "suitable for a girl" as his present to me. I opened the neatly wrapped package to find two fictional confections about as far from anything I would read as could be imagined. I flipped through them out of a sense of loyalty, but they sat largely unread on my bookshelf for years—a reminder of my much-loved and well-intentioned but off-the-mark grandfather. This book struck me immediately as being a more contemporary version of those novels. Perhaps the declaration "An Airhead novel" splashed across the bottom keyed me in to the similarity. Maybe it was the picture of a shallow-looking girl and her froo-froo dog on the front—and back—cover. But Meg Cabot's heroines are nothing if not determined and embellished with exotic circumstances. Here, the heroine is Emerson Watts. Marketed as supermodel Nikki, she is under the control of Stark Enterprises, until things start going wrong. Her mother disappears mysteriously, her brother seeks her out for answers, and her best friend is gunning for Stark. Readers interested in this series might better start with the first "Airhead" novel. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In Airhead (Scholastic, 2008), Nikki Howard has the life most girls only dream of—she is a drop-dead gorgeous supermodel living it up in one of Manhattan's most luxurious buildings while partying with the super-famous, the beautiful, and the mega-rich. However, it isn't actually Nikki Howard who's enjoying it all. Emerson Watts's brain is in her body due to an accident that left the real Nikki brain dead and Em suffering a fatal accident at the Stark Megastore for which Nikki is the advertising face. Stark employs surgeons to perform a risky and expensive brain transplant on Em, and she must continue working for Stark Enterprises or her family will lose everything. Worst of all, she can't even tell her best friend and longtime crush Christopher who she really is. In this book, Nikki's brother turns up asking for his sister's help in finding their mysteriously missing mother, and Em realizes that there is a very dangerous side to Stark Enterprises. Em's narrative emphasizes the contrast between an ordinary teen and the high-stakes life of fame; she must reconcile a genuine longing for her best friend with the exuberance of over-the-top romantic gestures. Teens will relate to her down-to-earth self-deprecating humor and look forward to the next installment in Em/Nikki's life.—Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ

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Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Airhead Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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 www.megcabot.com.

Brief Biography

New York, New York
Place of Birth:
Bloomington, Indiana
B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

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Being Nikki (Airhead Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 274 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a mess. I just now finished mmy book. Does anybody have tissues? I WANNA KILL BRANDON NOW!!! I'm heartbroken. I loved the book it made me cry literally 6 times in the story. I hate the ending. I hate it but it's so good. I was heartbroken with the ending. If you ever decide to read this book then make sure you have a box of tissues.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Emerson Watts - in Nikki Howard's body - returns to Nikki's home from a photo shoot to find a stranger waiting for her in the apartment's lobby. He reveals that he's her brother - when she thought she was an orphan. It's hard enough trying to keep up with the world, but now her brother drops a bomb on her. Their mom is missing. Em/Nikki doesn't know what to think of this information. She doesn't remember her mother or her brother. Plus, she's got a sneaking suspicion that Stark Enterprise might know more than they're saying. Nikki already suspects Stark of bugging her apartment. Who's to say they haven't gone farther? She's made a deal with her brother to help find their mother. In a moment of weakness, she confides in Christopher. He's willing to help her find her mother - for a price. In exchange, he wants a login and password for Stark Enterprise. Em/Nikki gets caught up in a plot to ruin the company she works for while trying to uncover the mystery surrounding her mother's disappearance. A little science fiction blended with both mystery and romance equals a great series. The secrets uncovered in BEING NIKKI will leave the reader eagerly awaiting RUNAWAY - a sign that Meg Cabot rocks yet again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does this bok swear, have sex, or hve any other non apprpriate stuff for a twelve yearvold? Because my mom wont let me get it if it does! And i really want 2 read this book! Please write back. Thanks 4 all the great reviews that i can rely on
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun filled book with excitment every second! Well done well done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I reccomend this book to anyone who loves a good story. This book is so clever and well thought out! The series is amazing, and I can't wait for the third one, Runaway to come out! It's so shocking and you never know what will happen! It's a huge page turner, I couldn't put the book down! It was also quite funny! This is a MUST READ book! -Sparkly_Nerd
Hurrikane More than 1 year ago
However this one wasn't as good as the last one. I was a little depressed because it left so much to wonder. I really want the 3rd one to come out, so that this one can just be the middle one that had to get the point across but not be the bad ending. I loved the romance in this book and want it to develop even further, because the truth came out. There aren't any words that can be expressed with this book, because it was touching and very hard to put down. It is nice because it isn't an easy read but a pleasurable one that you can get through in a few days instead of just letting it sit on the dresser for weeks. This is a really good book and series for teenage girls who are looking for something to read. And don't look as these books of not having problems because don't judge a book by its cover.If you like Meg Cabot you should also read some of her other series, they are all very good.
bookworm199517 More than 1 year ago
. I read "Airhead," and totally loved it. I think it took me all of a couple of hours to read it. And i know it is completely pathetic, but i have been counting down the days until, "Being NIkki," came out which took me a day to read. I mean, at the beginning i had my doubts that it could be as good as, "Airhead," but about half-way in it started to be amazing. But then, it ENDED! So beyond not cool. If that wasn't hard enough, i find out the next book, "Runaway," doesn't come out until next May. That means there is an ENTIRE YEAR of waiting. All in all, this was/is an amazing series even though both books were too short. Keep writing Meg Cabot, and PLEASE try to make the release date sooner. Honestly, I'm begging! "Airhead," "Being NIkki," and I'm sure, "Runaway," are all MUST READS!!!!!
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Spencer24 More than 1 year ago
Being Nikki is the second book after Airhead. Being Nikki is about Emerson Watts adjusting to Nikki Howard’s normal life, also throwing in Emms normal life too. Between fashion shows, high school, homework, ex-boyfriend, family and a British singer writing songs about her, could Emerson’s life get any more difficult? Yes, her life can get worse. Emerson has to make sure her little secret get out to the whole world that she is not really Nikki Howard. At the same time she wishes her best friend and crush knew she was Emerson Watts not Nikki Howard. Later in the book, Emerson finds out that Nikki has a brother, who has been searching for her lost mother, and needs Nikki’s help. Nobody every told Emerson it was going to be easy being Nikki. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My name's nikki and i'm a tomboy. Weird coincidence huh.
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You should read this book. I read it and im in6th grade
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Tthis book is so sad that I cried
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This book is alright. It gets kind of boring, but it can be pretty funny. Im not quite done though so it could get a lot better. Hopefully........ -A
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This book is so freakin good im not even kidding it seriously reflects on wat we're gunna be in a few years it has everything love humor adventure hearthorb omg it perfectly written and has twist & turns u will never ever believe BUT u have to read airhead first if not this book will make zero sense #love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book ever
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It doesn't have anything inaproppriet
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