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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Being Nikki

Being Nikki by Meg Cabot (May 5th 2009—Point)

Grade: 3 stars out of 5

Summary: “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.”

Review: Being Nikki was actually much better than Airhead, its prequel. We saw more development with the plot, and more conflict. Originally it was flat, just Em trying to coop with her new body. Now, however, we try to understand the real purpose behind everything. This gives the reader another layer to digest.

The plot thickens, and we find the real Nikki…in someone else’s body. We go deeper and deeper into Stark and find the real reason why Em happens to be Nikki. We meet new characters that bring more dynamic personalities. A touch of sass, a dash of evil, and a pot full of gasps.

I really do enjoy reading some of the characters in this book. We come across Steven, Nikki’s brother, who acts from of the intermediated and the in-between of all the craziness. Through him we can understand more of Nikki’s past and her background.

But one thing that I would like to say is the fact that the characters really do not have any major flaws. Unlike some of the older works, the flaws are blatant but the way Cabot morphed the flaws into something unique, something lovable, worked for me. Nowadays it is somewhat forced and makes me cringed. Or if not force, they are perfect, unless you start to make up random lies that there are flaws.

Take for example Christopher. Christopher was the geek that slept during class but when acquires a new haircut and a leather jacket, he is suddenly Mr. Popular.

Okay I may just contradict myself here but oh well. Em is starting to annoy me. Not sure how the rest of the readers feel but the whole “Nikki’s body has a mind of its own and it’s horny” does not sit well with me. Two is fine, three, why not? But 4!? Will you please stop kissing every guy you meet? And it’s only book 2, I cannot wait to see who else she plans to hook up with.

Overall: Being Nikki was a nice installment to the Airhead series.

Cover C+
Wrong angle. Her chin is massive looking.


  1. Er...the horny parts seems so much like the House of Night...

  2. Her chin does look huge! I didn't notice it until you pointed it out though.

  3. Yeah being unable to control her body was a little strange, she also repeats herself a lot, like lists of her problems over and over again.

  4. Never been a big Meg Cabot fan,
    thanks for the review! :)

  5. "Her chin is massive looking" Oh, my, Yan... ROTFL.

  6. Haha. So just really looked at your blog for the first time, and I love how you actually grade the book by its cover ala your name. That's great. And if Being Nikki is better than Airhead I am psyched because Meg's books tend to get really bad as a series goes on :(

    Also, I wish I had this book already. Did somewhere put it out early or did you have an ARC or what?

  7. Good to hear this one is better than the prequel.

  8. I have this to read well I'm in Cali :)

  9. You got on award on my blog

  10. Robbie: I had an ARC :) But Scholastic has the hardback editions already out (since I got that one as well)

    Amelia: Thank you so much!

  11. Poop. How sad. I was looking forward to this book...

    Haha. Nikki's body has a horny mind of its own? wtf oh goodness.

  12. I am hoping to pick up Airhead soon, even if the sequel was a bit of a let down.

  13. this sounds like an interesting series. I may have to try out Airhead