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Emerson Watts didn’t even want to go to the new SoHo Stark Megastore grand opening and had zero interest in meeting the newly appointed Face of Stark, teen supermodel sensation Nikki Howard.
But 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.
Now getting her best friend, Christopher, to notice she’s actually a girl is the least of Em’s problems.
But what Em’s pretty sure she’ll never be able to accept might just turn out to be the one thing that is going to make her dreams come true…
I’m the kind of girl you would call a “tomboy”, especially when it comes to my taste in reading. As a general rule, I avoid chick lit like the plague. Most times I would rather gouge my own eyes out with a hairpin than read it. So why did I read this book? I have absolutely no idea. Am I glad I read it? Heck, yes!
Airhead isn’t a militant feminist in-your-face kind of novel. It’s rather subtle and throughout the course of the novel, Em’s views on women and feminism change. Being stuck in the body of a supermodel probably would change your perspective on life. And Meg Cabot lets Em change at a natural pace, so her character development doesn’t feel forced in the least and she doesn’t feel like a mouthpiece for the author.
This is a character-driven novel, so don’t bother reading Airhead if you’re looking for a fast-paced novel. As with most chick lit, the message is more important than an exciting story. Don’t get me wrong, though—that doesn’t mean that Airhead doesn’t tell an interesting story. The premise of body-switching is not new, but the way Meg Cabot handles the concept certainly puts a new spin on an old cliché.
Overall, I’d consider Airhead a worthwhile read.
I give this book 4/5 stars.