Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Review by Alex- Being Nikki

Being Nikki by Meg Cabot
Things aren't pretty for Emerson Watts.

Em was sure there couldn't be anything worse than being a brainiac the body of a teenaged supermodel.

But it turned out she was wrong. Because that supermodel could turn out to have a mother who's gone mysteriously missing, a brother who's shown up on her doorstep demanding answers, a former best friend who's intent on destroying Stark Enterprises to avenge the death of his lost love, and a British heartthrob who's written a song about her that's topping the charts.

How can Em balance all that with school, runway shows, and weekend jaunts to St. John's - especially when she's got ex-boyfriends crawling out of the woodwork who want more than just a photo op; a sister who is headed to the high school cheerleading championships; a company she represents that seems to be turning to the dark side...

Not to mention trying to convince the love of her life that models aren't really airheads after all... especially one model in particular. But then, nobody said it was going to be easy being Nikki.

Being Nikki, the sequel to Airhead, is a lot of fun. While it might sound a little sci-fi- it isn’t. This is the story of a girl who’s suddenly in the body of a model, dealing with lots and lots of problems. She’s stuck in another girl’s body, for one. That’s weird. Her family knows that Em’s in Nikki’s body, but the public can’t. Stark Enterprises would not be happy- and has enough power to show Em’s family just how unhappy.

Em has guy troubles. She loves her best friend who doesn’t realise she’s Em in Nikki’s body. He’s hell bent on revenge, wanting to take down Stark Enterprises. He’s gone a little… crazy. And somehow hot. And Em is still dealing with Nikki’s boyfriend. Plus she’s got paparazzi stalking her, dealing with school and modelling.

And then the plot thickens. Nikki’s brother comes and says her mother is missing. Nikki’s mother, that is. Em embarks on a quest to help Steven find his mother. It’s a difficult path however, fraught with perils.

Yeah, are you getting the feeling I have no idea what I’m talking about? Because you’re right. I shouldn’t have waited 11 days to write a review. :/ Stupid memory o’ mine.

Anyway, I do really like Airhead and Being Nikki. Meg Cabot’s able to tackle a subject that could be a little dark but instead makes it light and fun. The writing’s wonderful, although sometimes it bugs me. I think it’s something to do with the fact that the narration explains itself and backtracks a lot, if that makes sense. It goes “It was wonderful. I mean, in that hopelessly awful way, the only way that can be wonderful.” That was just a line I made up, but you get my idea. I’d quote an actual line from the book, but I don’t have the book anymore.

I find Being Nikki to be a little unrealistic, but putting my scepticism aside it's just a lot of fun. That's really all I can say. There are some twists and turns, some surprises and revelations. Ther characters are all interesting and unique. Being Nikki is a great sequel to Airhead. There's drama, intrigue, mystery, romance, body switching, and a lot more. It's maybe not life changing, but it's definitely worth the read.

And I get to use the new half shelves! Yay! 4.5/6. :)

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