Monday, April 21, 2008
Airhead by Meg Cabot
While the plot is a bit unbelievable (the brain of a frumpy, video-game playing, feminist teen is implanted into the body of a supermodel), the result is a fun read in typical Meg Cabot style. Emerson Watts wakes up in the hospital in the body of Nikki Howard and is told she must assume the supermodel's identity and, of course, not tell anyone what medical technology was used on her. The biggest problem is that Em's best friend (and secret crush), Christopher, thinks she is dead. Along the way she must deal with assuming Nikki Howard's life in her NY City loft, Nikki's boyfriends kissing her, a difficult modeling job, and adjusting to the fact that her old identity is legally dead. My biggest complaint about this book is that it does not stand alone. It's really a prequel to book two in the series and I wish that Meg Cabot had come to some resolution rather than ending on a big clifhanger. Strangely enough, biomedical issues are a hot topic in teen fiction right now. If you want to think more deeply about the ethical issues this poses, read The Adoration of Jenna Fox. If you want a fun Meg Cabot book about the life of a supermodel, this is for you.