Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Being Nikki by Meg Cabot Book Review

Being Nikki by Meg Cabot
(Scholastic Point, Hardcover, May 2009)

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**Warning: If you haven't read the first book in this trilogy, Airhead, then you may want to read it first. This review contains spoilers for Airhead.**

Em Watts used to be a plain girl, one who preferred playing video games over flirting with boys. Then a horrible accident happened and, suddenly, Em found herself in the body of a supermodel, a girl who had boys falling all over her. The trouble is that Em really isn't supermodel material and her new life is not so wonderful. She can't tell the boy that she likes who she really is, she hardly ever sees her family and, worst of all, she's convinced that the company that transplanted her brain into supermodel Nikki's body will stop at nothing to keep the surgery a secret.

Normally, I stay away from science fiction. It's just not really my thing. I'm more of a real life or fantasy type of girl. But I'll read anything that Meg Cabot writes. Last year, I read (and reviewed!) Airhead, which is the first book in this trilogy, and I was completely hooked. Em Watts is a smart, sarcastic, totally believable heroine who is making the best of a bad situation. There's something so funny about watching her try to navigate the world of a shallow, selfish supermodel. Being Nikki continues Em's story, although now we discover that she has a brother on a mission to find their lost mother. Well, Nikki has a brother but since Em's brain is in Nikki's body, then we'll say that Steven is Em's brother. (I promise it's not at all confusing when you read the book!) Things also heat up between Em and Christopher, with a particular scene that will both frustrate you and make you cheer for Em all at once. Because this book is the second in a planned trilogy, many story lines are left unfinished. However, a major revelation at the end will leave the reader reeling and wishing for a copy of Runaway, the final novel in the series.

9 comments:

  1. I'm so looking forward to reading it since I loved Airhead, but as usual, I'm concerned that a second won't match the first. I'm glad you liked it!

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  2. Once again and again and again—a plot and set of circumstances I could never construe myself.

    It sounds like fun, though I have to say that I am not sure all models are airheads. Every time I have to go in front of a camera (which I do as little of as I can) I think:

    There's a certain genius for beauty that I just do not have.

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  3. Meg Cabot is a hero. I've need to read this ASAP!

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  4. Meggin:SerendipityReviewsJune 10, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    I got this the day after release- yay! Not quite s good as Airhead, in some ways, but others better. Meg Cabot is totally and completely my role model, because of what a great author she is. Totally living up to my expectations this time, too. :)

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  5. Hey all...I just read Beth's comment and wanted to clarify my review. I don't think that models are airheads at all! It's just that Em is transported into the body of a model who IS an airhead. So she has some funny/awkward moments navigating the modeling world in this girl's body. :)

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  6. I was looking for a review of this book! I read the Airhead and loved it. I'm especially looking forward to reading it when you mentioned that there's a very frustrating scene between Em and Christopher? Hmm it's a good thing I'm heading to the library today ;) Thanks for the review~!

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  7. Do Chris & Em end up together?
    I wanna know. I've read Airhead 4 times and still get frustrated when it ends on such a cliffhanger. I have also let two of my friends borrow it and they both want to know what happens too.
    Need to buy Being Nikki asap.

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  8. I can't give away the ending! :)

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  9. i loved reading this book!! when is runaway coming out?

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