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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  35,697 ratings  ·  2,094 reviews
She's a brainiac trapped in the body of an airhead . . .

Teenagers Emerson Watts and Nikki Howard have nothing in common. Em's a tomboy-braniac who couldn't care less about her looks. Nikki's a stunning supermodel: the world's most famous airhead. But a freak accident causes the girls' lives to collide in the most extraordinary way - and suddenly Em knows more about Nikki's
Paperback, 307 pages
Published September 5th 2008 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published June 1st 2008)
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May 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Em Watts is not herself. Literally.

She never wanted to go to the grand opening of the new Stark Megastore store. That was her sister Frida’s idea. But that day changed her life. In an attempt to save her sister Frida from certain harm, Em tries to push Frida out of the way, getting crushed by a falling television screen in the process.

When Em wakes up in the hospital, she has no idea what happened. She can only recall bits of what happened that day, such as a certain gorgeous British singer and
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Okay, so I was having the absolute best time reading my ARC copy of this newest Meg Cabot that doesn't come out until June. I was loving it!!! The smart tomboy's brain gets transplanted into a supermodel's body and chaos ensues. What's not to love? But then, everything started coming together way too easily and things that should have taken a long time to explain or dawn on the characters were blithely wrapped up in just a couple of paragraphs and I was hurtling towards the end of the book with ...more
Airhead lives up to its name because this is some pretty serious Young Adult fluff. Which is not always a bad thing, but in this case it's just not great. I'm definitely too old for most Meg Cabot novels, but at best this deserves three stars. I've given it two because I just expect more from fluff; give me cotton candy, not the insides of a mouldy, old pillow.

The protagonist is not great but not awful; Emerson Watts is your typical run of the mill YA female lead that doesn't quite fit in. The
Nov 24, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 9thgrade-shelf
December 21, 2008

Models. Airheads. Same thing.


By Meg Cabot
337 pages
2008 New York, NY
Hardcover $16.99
ISBN-10: 0-545-04052-3
(Ages 12 and up)

Models. Airheads. Whatever. They are perfect, fake and live “The Dream” all girls drool about -- to be famous, loaded with cash, and, of course, striking. Airhead by Meg Cabot zooms a little into the future and gives insight on how technology is improving. What if one day you find that you can b
Feb 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so Meg Cabot is the Queen of YA literature. I have this image of her in my head sat on a throne of books, all of her own of course, because she has written plenty!! A gaggle of YA authors are sat around her; some feeding her little chocolate cupcakes with raspberry icing, some wafting her with giant bamboo leaves. Others are just sat around soaking in the glory of her presence, listening to the author who has the best accent regale them with stories the Queen herself has written. She also ...more
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Whhhhhhyyyyyy do I always get sucked in by Meg Cabot books?! I loved The Mediator series, and Avalon High, but this one and the last I read (Jinx) have left me regretting the hours I spent reading them. UGH...headdesk, headdesk, headdesk!! So obviously I didn't like it. The plot was interesting enough, teen dies in a freak accident and at the same time a teen supermodel falls dead from a brain anureysm. So, what are doctors to do? Brain transplant of course! (yes sarcasm...) Ok really though tha ...more
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Jul 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE.
DNF @59%

MEHH ...

“Well,' I said. 'I could strip off my clothes and reveal to you that under my jeans and sweatshirt I'm actually wearing a tank top and short-shorts, much like Lara Croft from Tomb Raider...only mine are flame-retardant and covered in glow-in-the-dark dinosaur stickers.'
No one stirred. Not even Christopher, who actually has a thing for Lara Croft.
'I know what you're thinking,' I went on. 'Glow-in-the-dark dinosaur stickers are so last year. But I think they add a certain je ne s
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of the series can be a bit tough sometimes. In this story two girls die at the same time. One is a hot model who is brain dead and the other is an average teenager who has a tv crush her. Yep, I get the symbolism.
Anyway, they transplant the teen’s brain into the model’s body. You kinda have to suspend your logic for this one and just enjoy Meg Cabot’s writing.
Of course the message is not exactly healthy for young girls and their self esteem but you kinda have to let the moral m
Ekkkhhh. I'm on the last disc, thank goodness. I have thoroughly enjoyed some of Meg Cabot's other books, but this one was written as if it were truly for airheads. (i.e. Simple elements in the plot are explained way too much.)
Dec 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 2018
Another cute and fun Meg Cabot read.
The characters in this book were interesting to read about. Em is your typical nerdy girl, has 1 best friend, hates the popular kids, and is pretty nice. Nikki is a famous supermodel but used to getting her way and not thankful. I liked seeing Em (in Nikki's body) be nice to people and shock them all. Lulu was way cute and a good best friend. I liked Gabriel the best, she should definitely break up with Brandon. The fact that shes being spied on is very inter
Oh my gosh, I loved this book so much! This is my first Meg Cabot book and it was amazing. I loved the main character, she's a lot like me, she was very relatable. This book was so fun. This is definitely one of my favorite books of 2015. I need to read the second book :) Stay tuned for reviews.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel like this had sooo much potential, but it felt a bit all over the place in terms of pacing, and plot. Also, it takes aaages for stuff to happen and then the book abruptly finishes. It's a trilogy, but I don't think I'll be reading the next two.
Jun 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teen flick lovers
What do you expect when you read a book titled "Airhead"? Something light, a book which you can just breeze through without much complications. That's exactly what you get when you read "Airhead", a book more along the lines of a teen drama flick. In fact after reading this book that's exactly how I felt, I felt like I just finished watching a teen flick. The characters are all stereotypical, the popular girls posse, the not so popular girl who likes to play video games instead of trying on make ...more
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Title: Airhead
Series: Airhead #1
Author: Meg Cabot
Overall Rating: 4 stars

Meg Cabot is one of my favourite authors for her sense of humour and quirky storylines, and I found that this book fit the perfect trope of her writing style. The book is intelligently thought out with the whole spirit transfer thing and I find it so funny how Em and Nikki are very different from one another but how towards the end, Em begins to embrace being Nikki. I really h
This, like Jinx, was very disappointing. I really didn't like the storyline or really anything else about this book. Except for the characters, this book is not worth even touching.
Jennifer Girard
Meg Cabot books are always fun to read!

I wasn't expecting a sci fi kind of book and it totally surprised me! The concept was cool but it was getting a little bit boring toward the middle. I will continue the series to see where this is going!
Dec 07, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
Really, I should have seen it coming. Meg Cabot is obsessed with Star Wars, watches way too much TV and has already done the psychic thing, the princess thing, the paranormal thing and the historical fiction thing. And with the popularity of Stephenie Meyer's The Host, why shouldn't she jump on the body-snatcher bandwagon?

Emerson Watts loves to play video games, has never kissed a boy and refers to the popular crowed at her alternative college prep school in Manhattan as the Walking Dead. So w
Emerson is what you would consider a geek. If you’re into labels that is. Her life is as normal as can be. Straight As, gaming sessions with her best friend Justin, and constant arguments with her sister, how normal can you be? When accompanying her sister to the grand opening of mega-store Stark, her life ends and her new one begins. Because as soon as she wakes up, she’s in Nikki Howard’s body, the teen supermodel that is the face of Stark industries.

I was looking forward to this trilogy. I lo
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Basic Info

Pages/Length: 8hrs and 13mins
Genre: Young Adult

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: eh
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 1.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 6
Plot: 4
Characters: 2
World Building: 4
Flow: 4
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 5
Ending: 4

Total: 4

In Dept

Best Part:
Worst Part: Really not a believable plot.
Thoughts Had: really?!; dumb.


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: eh

Short Review: I read Cabot's Princess Diaries so i knew
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Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meg Cabot is back with her new book Airhead- her first teen book with Scholastic and it's definitely a change from previous novels. While it's not exactly supernatural, you could say the book is a new age science fiction mixed with chick lit. In Airhead, Emerson Watts- Em for short- is forced by her mother to take her fourteen year old sister Frida to the new Stark Megastore opening so she could meet new hit singer-songwriter Gabriel Luna. But disaster hits- literally- and Emerson wakes up to fi ...more
Jan 29, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-books
Cute little book. There seems to be a trend in Teen books of the plain Jane somehow ends up famous. This time it is via brain transplant. Unbelievable, I know, but still fun. Emerson (named by her lit. professor father) is invisible in school, while Nikki Howard is THE supermodel of the Teen genre. A freak accident later and Em's brain is in Nikki's body, which brings with it the responsibilty of all of Nikki's contracts. A spying, controlling company and the boy Em loved and left behind all mak ...more
Anna M.
I disliked almost everything about this book. First, I did not like the personality of the characters. I had a feeling that Nikki was a show-off teenage model who kept bragging about herself and her gorgeous life, which was a bad role model for the readers. Furthermore, I disliked the plot of this book. The changing soul things was so off topic and I did not believe that it could happen at anytime and anywhere. By the way, It was a poorly plotted piece of literature. The main point is the plot w ...more
Jan 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this because I wanted to see what else the "Princess Diaries" author would write. The main character despises girls who care about looks and fashion, and then against her will, she kind of becomes one! It's kind of a far-fetched story, but it made me think. The style is geared to teenagers, but it was fun to read. Only bad part: I don't like beginnings of series that just end without wrapping things up, so you basically have to read the next book!
Brigid ✩
Jun 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good. A bit weird; not exactly what i expected. but like all of meg cabot's other books, i couldn't help but like it. her writing is just so likable and funny, and she creates interesting characters. i really liked it; i can't wait for the sequel. ;D
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, young-adult
Completely ridiculous and you have to suspend all belief to get through it, but yet somehow I still enjoyed it. Sometimes you just need a book like this.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Not my favorite Meg Cabot book, wasn't quite as witty as her other series but there is a fair amount of sass. I had a really hard time with the storyline in this book...a brain transplant? Really? It was really out there for me and there wasn't a mystery like I've come to know in my Meg books. And there really wasn't a clear love story.

It was about a "nerdy" girl who gets planted in a super model's body and has to adjust to famous life. I'm so lost in my thoughts, it's not one I would read again
Colleen's Conclusions
I have read this before, not sure what year it was.
aicha julie
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: models, comedy, teens, romance
Who doesn't love a Meg Cabot book? only no fun people.
I loved the idea behind this book and all the drama, it was really fun reading it and i already started on the second one, i think this one would be a hit teen movie or series since it's a bit long.
Sarah Hadd
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I thought this would be terrible and it wasn’t super bad. So that’s something!
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Contemporary YA: Airhead 5 12 Jul 13, 2016 01:18PM  
Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 5 Jul 13, 2015 07:57AM  
Lulu or emma's sister who was your favorite 10 9 Nov 02, 2014 12:14PM  
Em vs Nikki 12 44 Oct 18, 2014 10:04AM  
If you were Em and you wake up and you find yourself in the body of a superstar what would you do? 11 42 Oct 09, 2014 01:52PM  
If this was a movie? 9 66 Apr 06, 2014 06:53PM  

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Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun

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“Well,' I said. 'I could strip off my clothes and reveal to you that under my jeans and sweatshirt I'm actually wearing a tank top and short-shorts, much like Lara Croft from Tomb Raider...only mine are flame-retardant and covered in glow-in-the-dark dinosaur stickers.'
No one stirred. Not even Christopher, who actually has a thing for Lara Croft.
'I know what you're thinking,' I went on. 'Glow-in-the-dark dinosaur stickers are so last year. But I think they add a certain je ne sais quoi to the whole ensemble. It's true, short-shorts are uncomfortable under jeans and hard to get off in the ladies' room, but they make the twin thigh-holsters in which I hold my high-caliber pistols so easy to get to....'
The oven timer dinged.
'Thank you, Em,' Mr. Greer said, yawning. 'That was very persuasive.”
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