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Review: Airhead by Meg Cabot

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Summary from Goodreads:

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? One bizarre accident later, and Em Watts, always the tomboy, never the party princess, is no longer herself. Literally.
Emerson Watts is a tomboy who has no interest in fashion or celebrities and prefers playing games (especially Journeyquest) and watching surgical shows with her best friend Christopher. One day she is asked by her mother to accompany her sister Frida to the Stark Superstore grand opening where celebrities are attending. She gets into a serious accident and the next thing she knows, she wakes up in supermodel Nikki Howard's body! Apparently, only her family knows what really happened to Emerson. The rest of the world thinks she's dead. What's worse is no one must know about the procedure sponsored by Stark Industries which Emerson underwent, else her parents will incur a huge debt. This means Emerson can't tell Christopher, who she harbors feelings for and wonders whether he likes her back.

Emerson is thrown into a supermodel/celebrity's life with no idea but that's okay, since everyone thinks Nikki Howard's got amnesia. There is plenty of drama in this book with celebs Brandon Stark, Justin Bay and Gabriel Luna vying for Nikki's attention.

I particularly enjoyed the school scenes where Emerson (in Nikki's body) returns to school and experiences the difference in how people treat her (including Christopher who doesn't seem to fall for Nikki's appearance). Although it was quite stereotypical the way cheerleaders in the school acted (sucking up for attention and being all round mean girls) it was kind of hilarious reading about it in this situation. A minor annoyance was that seeing as Emerson was portrayed as smart since she attends AP classes and has a scholarship, sometimes she acted really clueless.

Overall, a cute and light read!