Review: ‘Airhead’ by Meg Cabot

Review: ‘Airhead’ by Meg CabotAirhead by Meg Cabot
Series: Airhead #1
Published by Point on June 1st, 2008
Genres: Contemporary, Friendship, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 337
Format: Hardcover
Source: borrowed from the library
Meg Cabot expands her huge fan base with this slightly darker, more mysterious novel - without losing any of her signature heart and humor.


Emerson Watts didn’t even want to go to the new SoHo Stark Megastore grand opening. But someone needed to look out for her sister, Frida, whose crush, British heartthrob Gabriel Luna, would be singing and signing autographs there—along with the newly appointed Face of Stark, teen supermodel sensation Nikki Howard.

How was Em to know that disaster would strike, changing her—and life as she’d known it—forever? One bizarre accident later, and Em Watts, always the tomboy, never the party princess, is no longer herself. Literally.

About Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for both adults and tweens/teens. There have been over 25 million copies of Meg’s nearly 80 published books sold in 38 countries. Her last name rhymes with habit, as in “her books can be habit forming.” She currently lives in Key West, Florida with her husband and various cats.
Full Bio
Meg Cabot is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for both adults and tweens/teens. Born in the year of the Fire Horse (a notoriously unlucky astrological sign) and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, Meg also lived in Grenoble, France and Carmel, California (the setting for her bestselling Mediator series) before moving to New York City after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Indiana University.

After working for ten years as an assistant residence hall director at New York University (an experience from which she occasionally draws inspiration for her best-selling Heather Wells mystery series), Meg wrote the Princess Diaries series, which was made into two hit movies by Disney. While over 25 million copies of Meg’s nearly 80 published books have been sold in 38 countries, Meg’s most proud of the letters she’s received from fans thanking her for helping them to overcome their “dislike of reading.”

Some of Meg’s fan favorites include the 1-800-Where-R-You? series (which has been reprinted under the title Vanished and was made into the Lifetime series called Missing), as well as All-American Girl and Avalon High (on which an original Disney Channel movie was based), and several books told entirely in emails and text messages (Boy Next Door/Boy Meets Girl/Every Boy’s Got One). A fourth book told in this format, The Boy is Back, will be published by HarperCollins in 2016.

Meg’s first ever adult book in the Princess Diaries series, Royal Wedding, will be available in Summer 2015, along with an installment of the series for younger readers, From the Notebook of a Middle School Princess. Remembrance, a new book in the Mediator series, will be available in 2016.

Meg Cabot (her last name rhymes with habit, as in “her books can be habit forming”) currently lives in Key West, Florida with her husband and various cats. If you see her husband, please do not tell him that he married a fire horse, as he has not figured it out yet.

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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 love Meg Cabot, and her Princess Diaries series, and also her Mediator series so I knew I had to get this one read. Sadly I was disappointed. This had so much potential. I thought the body transfer story would be worthy of a great read, but I was mistaken. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m older and more critical than normal, but I just wasn’t feeling the story-line. It felt highly unrealistic as to what happens to her and I was hoping for something a lot more creative.

It also doesn’t help when the main character tends to annoy me with her constant whining about makeup and clothes like it’s a concept she can’t understand. I also thought there were way too many boy characters and I get how they all come to be, but I just didn’t think they were necessary.

Good cast of characters.

Stop and go and a little slow.

Nice and it does convey the story.

Interesting enough to hold my attention.

Overall, a cute story but I wanted more!


Because this kissing thing—seriously, I could totally get into it. Kissing rocked. I was loving the kissing thing. (140)
Who knew you could actually look good and feel good at the same time? (259)
Modeling isn’t easy. Modeling is actually really hard. Modeling is acting. You have to act like you’re actually enjoying yourself when the truth is, every single inch of you is hurting and uncomfortable. (301)
I was kind and friendly to him. And I exudes confidence and charm. Anyone can do it. It doesn’t matter how you look or what you’re wearing. (323)





  1. Cherie Varrin

    January 15, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    it sounds interesting, havent read it yet.

  2. Diana Grace

    August 21, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Well, this sounds interesting. Only ever read one or two of her books though.
    Thanks for the share! 🙂

  3. Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    July 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    I have actually not read any of Meg Cabot’s books, and I don’t know if I’ll be jumping to pick up this one at least any time soon. Although, the premise is interesting, too bad it didn’t work out for you. I also don’t like whiny main characters.

    Great honest review! 😀

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  4. Cali W.

    June 30, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Great review and I like the trailer! Meg Cabot writes fabulous girl books. <3

  5. Lisa (Lost in Literature)

    June 29, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Great honest review. I think I may skip this one. I do like Meg Cabot, but I’m not sure this series is for me.

  6. Sundeep

    June 23, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    I actually enjoyed this series when I read it a couple of years ago, it picks up pace in the second book and I found the concept very intriguing and unique

  7. Ashleigh Swerdfeger

    June 23, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Interesting and honest review. I really enjoy Meg Cabot as well. I think I would be willing to give this a try.

  8. bn100

    June 21, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Not sure if I want to read about that kind of character

  9. Tina

    June 20, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    I am not sure if I want to read this one. After reading your review I don’t think I will. I think I will pass on this book. Thank you for sharing your honest review.

  10. Jaime Lester

    June 18, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Okay, so. I am a huge fan of the Mediator series. I decided to read them after I read Abandon and loved it. She is a great writer, and I am a fan. Therefore, I think that I will pass this series by her. I don’t want to take away from an author who I have yet to have a bad experience with.

  11. Najwa Shufia

    June 17, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    I’ve read this one, but i haven’t read the second and the third book

  12. Ratri Anugrah

    June 16, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Hmm.. I’m sad that you don’t really like it. Cause I do, I enjoy Meg Cabot’s writing.

  13. Janita @ Book, Interrupted

    June 12, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    I actually really liked this series. I thought it was cute, not overly complicated for the genre, and had a great protagonist. It did have a lot of focus on the more material things, but I really felt for Em, especially in the second book.

  14. May

    June 11, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    I am a big Meg Cabot fan. I read this entire series and it does get better. I do agree that it’s not as good as Princess Diaries or the mediator series even the Hades series…

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