(Cover picture courtesy of Journal of a Bookworm.)
Em Watts is on the run.
She’s on the run from school, from work, from her family, from her friends, from herself.
With everyone she loves furious with her for something she can’t explain, and nothing but the live Stark Angel fashion show on New Year’s Eve to look forward to, Em’s reached the end of her rope…what’s the point of even going on?
But when she discovers the truth about Nikki’s secret, she knows there’s only one person she can turn to.
Will Christopher be able to put aside his personal feelings and help her expose her employer to the world? Is it even fair to get Christopher involved—since if he agrees, there’s every chance that Stark Enterprises will try to have them both killed—this time, permanently?
Maybe it would be better to keep running.
Although the ending of the Airhead trilogy is kind of cliché —it’s a bit too perfect for my liking—I think most readers will really enjoy Runaway. There really is something for everyone here: a fast-paced plot, great character development and important messages for young girls. One of my favourite passages in the novel really shows that it’s not only outer beauty that attracts men:
“It was more like she was carrying herself differently. She seemed…proud. And playful. And, yes…hot. It was totally obvious to me now that it had never just been about her looks. It was about something more.” (Pg 236, the third ellipses is mine)
This is just one of the powerful passages in the novel that helps send Meg Cabot’s message: everyone is beautiful in their own way and looks aren’t all that matter. Em learns this over the course of the trilogy and that’s why the message doesn’t feel so blatantly obvious as it does in a lot of chick lit. It also helps that Em is a very well-developed, three dimensional character since the entire trilogy is told from her first-person point of view. She’s strong, but she also has a vulnerable side, especially when it comes to Christopher.
If you’ve already read the first two books, you will love the ending of Runaway. As I said, it’s a bit too perfect for my liking, but I’m odd in that respect. But what do you really expect from someone whose nickname is Wednesday?
I give this book 4/5 stars.