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A good book. Perhaps not quite to the standard of the Princess Diaries, but well worth reading anyway
on 23 July 2009
My daughter's  review of this book: "It's a good book in itself and I enjoyed reading it. I didn't like the ending much as it finnished up in the air and really back where it started. If the book's ending is a cliff hanger to a sequel though I would rate the book higher." In fact the sequel is called 'Being Nikki', so this is good news, although as it's the second in the 'Airhead Trilogy', no doubt the story won't end there either. Was 'Airhead' as good as any of the Princess Diaries books by Meg Cabot though? "No, nowhere near". So young newbies to Meg Cabot should probably start with the Princess Diaries first, particularly if they like pink and Cinderella stories.
Often amusing, Airhead's quirky storyline follows the life of 16 year old Emerson Watts, who would much rather play video games with her friend Christopher than be part of the 'in' set at school. She doesn't really want to go to the new SoHo Stark Megastore grand opening, but a short trip to Stark's is hardly likely to change her life. Besides, someone needs to look out for her sister Frida, whose crushing on British heart-throb Gabriel Luna. He will be there singing and signing autographs, along with the newly appointed Face of Stark, teen supermodel sensation Nikki Howard [the type despised by tom-boy Em as nothing more than an 'airhead']...
Overall my daughter enjoyed reading 'Airhead' finnishing it in a few days, and she rated it 3 out of 5, a high score for her [whereas she would give all the Princess Diaries books a solid 4 out of 5, with 5 stars being reserved for Michael Morpurgo's 'Alone on a wide wide sea' and 'My friend Walter']. She has read Airhead's sequel: 'Being Nikki', and ordered the final book 'Runaway', where the story continues. She is also mostly enjoying Meg's 'The Mediator' series of books that appeal to her love of Supernatural/Magic book/TV series like Charmed, Angel, Dr Who, Twilight and The Dresden Files. Most of Meg Cabot's non-adult books seem aimed pretty squarely at girls, aged around 10 to 16 [or ladies young at heart], and they seem to hit the spot. If you want to read 'Airhead' yourself, be wary of reading reviews here though, unless you are happy with a few plot 'spoilers'.