Airhead by Meg Cabot

| | by Meg Cabot

Now you all know I love Meg Cabot (wait, seriously? I've only reviewed one of her books? This is a travesty that I must remedy posthaste!) But I do.

I just don't know how she does it. I read once that she can write a first draft in two weeks, which is absolutely incredible. But what makes it even more incredible is that despite that grueling pace, the writing just doesn't show that at all (unlike *cough*James Patterson*cough*)

I started listening to Airhead a couple weeks ago on the way to work, but found that I kept wanting to listen to music in the car, and so ended up checking out the book and finishing it by the light of the window while our power was out on Saturday (thanks to Tropical Storm Hanna)

And I can't tell you much about the plot, since half the fun is figuring out what one earth is going on. But, 17-year-old Em Watts is totally not interested in fashion or celebrities. She spends most of her time playing Journeyquest (an online role-playing game) with her best friend Christopher (who she might have a tiny bit of a crush on). While accompanying her sister to the grand opening of a huge department store, she is the victim of a freak plasma-screen tv accident, and when she wakes up in the hospital a month later, she finds that her life has been strangely intertwined with that of supermodel Nikki Howard.

Like all of Cabot's novels, Airhead is funny and fluffy, but it is also somehow a bit darker. The situation that Em finds herself in is a bit more complicated than, say, finding out that you're the heir to the throne of a small European principality. The stakes in this case are just a little bit higher, and readers may find themselves thinking about profound questions about the meaning of life (and then, a few pages later, laughing out loud at the antics of Lulu Collinsworth -- Nikki's best friend)

One warning... the ending is definitely a cliff-hanger, so do yourself a favor and wait until the sequel comes out!

Readers may also enjoy:
Anything else by Meg Cabot (obviously)
Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

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