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Airhead by Meg Cabot
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Apr 23, 09

bookshelves: youngadult, 2009-reads
Read in April, 2009

Em Watts is smart, confident, and happy with who she is - even if she doesn’t fit into the popular crowd at school. She is content to spend time with her best friend, Christopher, and play Journeyquest until the wee hours of the morning. She doesn’t pay much attention to fashion or pop culture unless her little sister is shoving it down her face in her latest ramble of “why Em is such a dork.”

Everything changes on the day Em takes her little sister to the grand opening of a mega-store where the latest music sensation will be singing and signing autographs. One freak accident later and Em isn’t Em anymore.

Without any time to adjust, Em is thrust into the world of beauty and fashion. Where how she looks determines if people keep their jobs. Who knew being beautiful was so much work? How will Em survive without her usual comforts - especially Christopher?

AIRHEAD was a nice surprise. Meg Cabot did a great job of weaving in the story of family and friendship. This is a great choice if you are looking for a tame version of SKINNED by Robin Wasserman and it could even be paired with THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX - both deal with medical ethics. What would you be willing to do in order to stay alive?

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