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Being Nikki (Airhead Series #2)

Being Nikki (Airhead Series #2)

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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

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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440720857
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Series:
Airhead Series, #2
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

Hometown:
New York, New York
Place of Birth:
Bloomington, Indiana
Education:
B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991
Website:
http://www.megcabot.com

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