Airhead (Airhead Series #1)

Airhead (Airhead Series #1)

by Meg Cabot

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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. EM WATTS IS GONE. 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545229821
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2009
Series: Airhead Series , #1
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 249,025
File size: 412 KB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About 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


New York, New York

Place of Birth:

Bloomington, Indiana


B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

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Airhead (Airhead Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 455 reviews.
CliqueAddictCullen More than 1 year ago
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!
Mickey-D More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of the attention was given to Nikki's new model friends, which was just...dumb, didn't seem to contribute to the plot, and bored me. I'd hoped that Christopher would make a reappearance much much earlier and was quite saddened when I found out that that wouldn't be the case. I also wanted a bit more resolution--I realize that there'll be a sequel, but even one book does need to tie things up, and this doesn't do that AT ALL, it doesn't feel like a complete novel. Annnd one last nitpicky note, I know Meg would never do this intentionally, but much of what was written seemed to push the ideas that models are more than just selfish & spoiled robots, and you know that got on my nerves. Nevertheless, I can't wait to read more about "Nikki"'s new life, and I really hope we get more geekily-adorable Christopher in the next book.  Even though it focused around high school, I found that I still enjoyed the book. I was a bit shocked at the accident, fully expecting that it would be more of a "Freaky Friday" plot.  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.   
DayDreamingBookGirl More than 1 year ago
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
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
I can't lie; this had to be the oddest book that I have read by one of my favorite authors!

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.

When she wakes up after about a month of being unconscious, she feels like she is someone else.

And she actually is.

This is not a paranormal book. She gets a brain transplant.

At the end of the book I literally said, "Get me the next book! NOW!" The ending is a total cliffhanger!

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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have ever read and this is a great romance series!
Blondie812 More than 1 year ago
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.
Lauren Sawyer More than 1 year ago
Shameem Dean More than 1 year ago
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.
bookworm1BG More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good!! Loved the character development and how honest and straightforward the main character is about who she is no matter whose body she is in!
JeniNicole83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After an accident at the Stark Megastore opening, Em is no longer who she was before. She wakes up and she is now Nikki Howard, a teen supermodel. Her thoughts and thinking are still her own, but she now has Nikki's body. Em is uprooted from the life she has always had and now has to live Nikki's life....her modeling, her friends, her loft.This is the first book I have read that involved a brain transplant resulting in the memory of the owners brain, with the body of someone else's. It was a very good read. It is a simple read though. Doesn't give much details on some things, and I LOVE details :)
vanedow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Meg Cabot. Everything she writes is funny. Her characters each have a unique voice, and I always feel some type of connection with them, even if I don¿t particularly like them. And everything she writes is FUNNY. Did I mention that? Airhead is no exception. The idea of a feminist-brainiac type of girl being stuck in the body of a teen supermodel is just pretty entertaining to begin with. And then there¿s the usual random musings inside someone¿s head that you get to be privy to when reading a Cabot novel. Add a healthy dash of romance. To top it all off, they make fun of cheerleaders while also being nice to them, so you can laugh and not feel bad. This is just a fun, light-hearted romp of a book. If you like Cabot¿s books in general, or if you just enjoy a good piece of fluff every once in a while, this one will be great for you.
Pheebs7G on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Em Watson is a typical nerdy, unpopular school girl with a best friend (who she secretly has a HUGE crush on), Christopher. Em has to take her sister to a store opening because her sister's celebrity crush will be there signing autographs. However, that event turns into an accidental and tragic nightmare for Em. She wakes up finding herself in a supermodel's body. Now, she has to live her life with the supermodel's (Nikki Howards) body and see the world through her eyes. Meaning, no more video games, no more hanging out with Christopher, and lving the life of a supermodel, which is not easy. Things get worse. Everyone Em knew (including Christopher), except for her intermediate family thinks she's dead. This book was literally glued to my face after I started the first chapter. It really captured my attention because slowly, the book reveals what life really is for a supermodel. Along the way, Em finds out the flaw in the "fame" world. It also shows what parents would risk to save their child. I love the characters in this book. Parents are always parents, they will risk anything for you. Sisters are a nuisance. Best friends will always be loyal to you, no matter what happens.I can't wait until I get ahold on the sequel of this book: Being Nikki
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
16-year-old Emerson Watts¿ biggest concerns are playing video games and trying to get her best friend, Christopher, to realize that she¿s a girl. But then a freak accident transplants her permanently inside the hot body of Nikki Howard, the entertainment industry¿s biggest teen star.As Em struggles to realize what happened to her, she also must adjust to Nikki¿s body¿s cravings and fend off advances from an onslaught of male Nikki admirers. She also realizes, however, that being a star may have some unsavory sides to it¿When I read AIRHEAD, I remembered in full force the strength of Meg Cabot¿s writing. She is able to take even the most ludicrous or most overused scenarios and make them fun and interesting. AIRHEAD has Meg¿s usual charm and humor, though it is not really a standout novel of hers.Emerson is a great protagonist, earnestly devoted to her video games without overdoing her ¿outsider status¿ among her classmates. Nikki is a surprisingly deep and conflicted character¿not just your average bitchily perfect ¿queen.¿ The plethora of supporting characters are just the slightest bit two-dimensional, but they all have distinct personalities, and all have their good and bad parts, which makes me content to look forward to what else they will do in the sequels.The plot stalls for most of the book as Em slowly pieces together what happened to her. Indeed, the pace is so slow as to be very nearly infuriating. AIRHEAD seemed like a huge introduction for the rest of the series: nothing in terms of conflict and resolution occurs. It¿s difficult to appreciate this as a stand-alone novel. Luckily, the second book in the series, BEING NIKKI, is out already, and the third, RUNAWAY, is coming out in Spring 2010. I am admittedly still curious to find out what happens to Em inside Nikki¿s body, so I will probably continue reading the series to find out. After all, it¿s Meg Cabot, and her books are like candy: some are better than others, but you just can¿t stop eating any of them!
mcelhra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Emerson Watts (Em) is a tomboyish gamer, not a party girl. She begrudgingly accompanies her younger sister to the grand opening of the Stark Megastore so that her sister can see her celebrity crush, Gabriel Luna and her idol supermodel Nikki Howard. While waiting in line for Gabriel¿s autograph, a flat-screen TV falls from the ceiling and lands on Em. She wakes up from a coma a month later and learns that her life has been forever changed.The back cover of this book is really vague (like my description above) so I had no idea what to expect from this book. I just picked up it because I¿m on a personal mission to read/listen to all of Meg Cabot¿s books. I was surprised to discover as I listened to this book that this book is partly science fiction. It¿s definitely not hard science fiction but if you don¿t think about how unrealistic it is and just go with it then it¿s a very fun read. I don¿t want to give too much away ¿ part of the fun is not knowing what happens ahead of time.This book is the first of the Airhead series ¿ I¿m looking forward to listening to the rest of the books in the series.
KirinSan. on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In "Airhead", Emmerson (Em) Watts dies. At least, people think that. When Em is forced to go to a new super mall with her sister, a paint-balled TV falls. Em's sister unfortunately, was under the TV, also forcing Em to save her sister's life in exchange for her own body. Although, super model is in the accident too. And is also hit by the TV. With Em's body dead, but not her brain, and the Supper Model Nikki being brain dead, Em's parents make the hard decision of going with a certain doctor. A doctor that decided to make Em into Nikki. Now, Em's brain and mind are in the body of Nikki, and nobody can find out or else Em's parents owe two million dollars to the doctor.It was a good book to me. I do plan on reading the rest of the series. I was really interested about who put and is using the hacker device on Nikki's computer. I really recommend this book!
CaMe0914 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book!! although it was kinda slow at first , it turned out to be really good!
MaWa0404 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. When the girl got hit by the jumbo tron and died, I thought it was wierd that they switched spirits with eachother. It took me a little while to understand the book. I would consider reading the second book.
EmBr1222 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A really good book about an ordinary girl who switches place with a supermodel. Really good!
Icecream18 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The concept of this book is incredibly innovative and intriguing. I loved Meg Cabot's past books and this series is no exception. The main character was both funny and endearing, I really felt like I knew her at the end of the first book. Nikki and the main character were perfect foils for each other, Nikki bein harsh and selfish and the main character being far more caring and funny. The characters that Meg Cabot placed in the book with these two personalities really allowed the main character to stand out and tell her story. As a neuroscience student, I love the brain. The ability to transplant brains both frightens and intrigues me, this book gives a novel approach as to what could potentially happen if the process was ever successful. This book is great for teens/young adults (female).
lyricaltwin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was unique. It had an uber-cool idea of a plotline and an intriguing main character who didn't want to be cast in her role. The only problem was that it was kind of weird.
tipsister on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Airhead, Being Nikki, and Runaway, by Meg Cabot, are the three books that make up the Airhead trilogy. The story is very far fetched. After an accident in a department store, Emerson wakes up to find her brain transplanted onto the body of a supermodel. Emerson has to pretend to be Nikki while trying to remain herself. The first book hooked me enough to keep reading but honestly I find them all a bit silly. That darn Meg Cabot can always hook me into her stories, weird as they might be. While I can¿t wholeheartedly recommend them to adults, the target teen audience might enjoy the trilogy.