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“Airhead” by Meg Cabot November 11, 2011

Filed under: Chick Lit,Fiction,Science Fiction,Young Adult — hilariouslibrarian @ 8:32 am
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Cabot, Meg. Airhead. New York: Scholastic Inc., 2008. 337 pp. ISBN: 0545040523

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Emerson Watts, honors student, devoted gamer, and unfashionable as they come, reluctantly agrees to attend the opening of the Stark Megastore where supermodel Nikki Howard will be appearing. A terrible accident involving a falling flat screen and a mysterious brain transplant institute link the two forever, forcing Emerson to step into Nikki Howard’s complex life.


“Well, you’d probably have screamed, too, if the face you saw looking back at you from a mirror belonged to someone else. Not just someone else, but someone whose face happened to be plastered on magazines and the sides of buses and phone booths all over town. Wearing nothing but a bra and a pair of panties.”

In one horrible moment, the tomboyish, college-focused, gaming devotee Emerson Watts figures out what’s been bugging her every since she woke up in a hospital room after the accident. Somehow, Emerson’s brain – her thoughts, memories, personality, and world view – have ended up trapped inside the body of a mega-famous super-model who was walking by back then – when the flat screen TV came off the wall and came crashing down. Like Emerson’s world is crashing down, now that she doesn’t have her own face and has become the very thing, the exact type of girl she most hates. Now what’s she supposed to do? And what’s the deal with all these hot guys wanting to kiss her all of a sudden?

Wait! There’s More:

This is only the beginning of Emerson’s adventure. The story continues in Being Nikki (2009) and Runway (2010).

Awards/Honors (source:

  • A New York Times Children’s Chapter Book Best Seller
  • CosmoGIRL! Magazine’s May Pick for its online book club
  • A Teen Choice Book Award Finalist for the Children’s Book Council
  • A selection on the New York Public Library Stuff for the Teen Age, 2009
  • A YALSA nominee for the 2010 Popular Paperback in the “Bodies” category

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