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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, and a former best friend who’s intent on destroying Stark Enterprises.
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—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.
After reading the first book in the series, Airhead, and actually enjoying it, I decided to read the second book, Being Nikki. And once again, I wasn’t disappointed. I was actually surprised and pleased at the direction the trilogy has taken.
There are huge plot twists and we learn more about Stark Enterprises and their real motivations for giving Em Nikki Howard’s body. as you probably already know, their motivations were not what they appeared to be, but the actual reasons are far more sinister. But Stark doesn’t know everything and the secret that’s revealed at the end of the novel was unexpected, but in hindsight was hinted at. Many of the unexpected changes to the story were caused by the characters, since this is mostly a character-driven novel and these changes really add to the reader’s enjoyment.
As this is technically classified as ‘chick lit’, Being Nikki does have feminist messages. Yet Meg Cabot is not one of those in-your-face militant feminists, so it doesn’t feel like you’re being preached to. Em’s views of feminism change drastically throughout the novel as she struggles to be taken seriously. In the end, the message is very simple: just accept yourself for who you are.
I give this book 4/5 stars.