Saturday, July 4, 2009

Being Nikki by Meg Cabot

Title: Being Nikki
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: Airhead #2
ISBN-10: 0-545-04056-6
Pages: 336
Year Published: 2009
Genre: YA Fiction (Series)
Date Finished: June 28

From the dust jacket:

Things aren’t pretty for Emerson Watts.

Em was sure there couldn’t be anything worse than being a brainiac in the body of a teenage supermodel.

But it turned out she was wrong.

It turns out she has a mother who’s gone mysteriously missing, a brother who’s shown up on her doorstep demanding answers, a former best friend who’s intent on destroying Stark Enterprises, and a British heartthrob who’s written a song about her that’s topping the charts.

How can Em balance all that with school and runway shows — especially when she’s got ex-boyfriends crawling out of the woodwork who want more than just a photo op, a sister who is headed to the high school cheerleading championships, and a company she represents that seems to be turning to the dark side. . .

Not to mention trying to convince the love of her life that models aren’t really airheads after all. . .especially one model in particular.

But then, nobody said it was going to be easy being Nikki.

First sentences: I’m cold. I’m freezing, actually.

Being Nikki is the follow-up novel to Airhead. In Airhead, the readers learned how Emerson “Em” Watts became Nikki Howard. In Being Nikki, we learn more about Nikki’s personal life.

The story centers around Em adjusting to Nikki’s high-profile lifestyle while balancing her school work, family and trying to be friends with Christopher. When a mysterious stranger shows up at her Manhattan loft unexpectedly, the story takes off and the mystery begins.

I have to admit, I thought Being Nikki was much better than Airhead. Airhead was too repetitive for me. In Being Nikki, Ms. Cabot did a quick recap and immediately jumped into the storyline.

At times, the plot was predictable, however Ms. Cabot did end the book with a great cliff hanger. I’m looking forward to the third book in this series, Runaway.

Recommended to readers: who love Ms. Cabot's young adult novels.


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