Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tuesday Review-Meg Cabot, Airhead novels

Hey cool kids! You rock! Thanks for all the comments on yesterday's post, I enjoyed seeing everyone's different opinions. I can't wait for tomorrow's post! Keep it coming!

Today is Tuesday and I promised a book review each month. Soooo I guess I need to hold to that, eh? :0) I swear that is the last smiley face on the post. Well...I realized I'm smiley addicted.  Without further ado, I introduce you to Meg Cabot's Airhead series. Well, the first two anyway. (oops, almost inserted a smiley, again!)

*I have decided not to link to Amazon for the time being. Until they can be more professional about the cost of books which we work hard on writing...I don't want to support them. These are linked to Barnes and Noble online.*

Em Watts was just your average over-achieving brainiac...until disaster struck. Now instead of judging her by her grades, people are judging her by her looks...and she's stuck in a nightmare life she never wanted. Where do you hide when everyone knows your name?

Em Watts is just like 15 year old me without the gaming. I heart her. She has those typical "I'm not a typical teen" feelings. I love her crush on her best friend, Christopher. Meg Cabot portrays this as a sweet time in life, with all the confusion and hormones, but without trashy language or images.

At first I thought the book lacked believability. How judgemental of me! Meg Cabot managed to cleverly make this work. It's Em's brain put into Nikki's brain dead body. She explains this rather well, but not to the point of yawning complication. The catch is that Em has to continue Nikki's life-not her own.

Another thing I loved about both books was the voice of Em. It is all her, nothing adult or Meg Cabot bleeds through. That is something we all strive to portray correctly in our writing. She gives good example with these books. Em is an intelligent teenager, yet not above saying "gag me" and loves to show off her vocabulary through argument.

While it could go to the serious, darker side of teen angst, Meg Cabot keeps it light and humorous. While there may be a serious moment of heartbreak, she cuts right to the humor or breaks scene with something else-another new problem for her poor main character, Em. These books are written from Em's point of view, in first person and I love it. She shines through with every thought.

Now, personally, I'm not waiting with bated breath for the next in this series, but I could see where young girls would be. Meg Cabot combines humor with mystery and a touch of romance with a fast paced and intelligent read. I love that. I think the only issue I may have had with these books is that I would have liked to get to know her love interest, Christopher a little more. Although-I think she's done this on purpose so we learn more each book. :0) I would be interested in other books by her. She's an excellent writer.

If you would like to purchase these books or learn more about the author, please click on the links I have provided! Thanks for reading with me. :0) dangit, two smileys without even knowing it!


  1. These sound like great books - thanks for the links to them. I'm addicted to smiley faces and ! when I'm blogging as well. There are worse addiction to have :) (see!)

  2. Jess loves her Allie Frinkel series which are MG books. She was especially delighted to tell me that Allie Frinkel's dad is just like hers who watches Cops and yells at the furniture when he's trying to put it together. :-) Our only problem has been finding the darn books in paperback. Sorry, but I am just not gonna buy a $16 hardback for my 10 year old (or allow her to spend her hard saved allowance on it). Now the $6 paperback I will buy for her, but she now has to wait for the next one to be released on paperback.

  3. Jemi; Me too! It must be because we can't use ! and :) in our writing. LOL

    Angelia: If you'd like to shoot me an email, I'd look through Rhiannon's books to see if there are any they could maybe trade through flat rate boxes? Just an idea, especially if they don't have all the same books. LOL

  4. I agree - we love Meg and the Airhead books!

  5. Hi Patti! Thank you for stopping by my blog and following! Hope you find lots of stuff to keep you reading. :0)


  6. I will check with Jess. She's pretty possessive over her books. LOL

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