by Meg Cabot
# Hardcover: 352 pages
# Publisher: Point (June 1, 2008 )
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 0545040523
# ISBN-13: 978-0545040525
Let me just say before my review that AIRHEAD by Meg Cabot is the first good book I have read in about a month. I read it in one day, staying up until right now (2 in the morning) because I could not put it down.
The plot is really hard to explain without giving it away. All I can really let you know is that Emerson Watts is a tomboy who likes to hang out with her best friend who is a guy and play “Journeyquest” (although she thinks the movie sucked). Now I can’t tell you how, but let’s just say that she ends up as a supermodel with a new set of friends and a new life. The circumstances that bring this about are really cool, but I can’t tell you anything.
The plot itself sounds kind if like warmed-over PRINCESS DIARIES, but it’s not. Em and that other girl are totally different. Em is a really smart girl who is very empowered and not afraid of the world. What’s interesting is that she still manages to grow throughout the course of the novel as she learns things about the world and how other people act and react. The twist that brings about the whole point of the novel is expertly crafted, if a little far-fetched.
There is a great, big, juicy love six-sided-figure thing going on that I can’t even explain, except it involves Em, her best friend and her best friend’s boyfriend, her own boyfriend, and her best boy friend. Oh, and a British pop superstar who may be the most honest character in the novel.
AIRHEAD is fresh and vibrant, and doesn’t feel forced or like a play for money because it has Meg Cabot on the top. I look forward to the sequel(s) and hope that they live up to this page-turner of a sci-fi-chick-lit-romance.