Fantasy · fiction · romance · science fiction

Runaway by Meg Cabot

Author: Meg Cabot
Pages [Hardcover]: 310
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Third book in Airhead trilogy. Reviews for Airhead, book 1, and Being Nikki, book 2.
Opening Lines: So according ot the tabloids, I’m on a secret love getaway [not so secret anymore now, thought, is it? Thank you, Us Weekly] with Brandon Stark, the only son and sole heir of billionaire Robert Stark, currently the fourth-richest person in the world, after Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Ingvar Kamprad [who founded IKEA, in case you didn’t know].
Memorable Quote: “You know your Lamborghini is on fire, right?”
Favorite Character: Steven & Christopher & Lulu
Em Watts is on the run.
She’s on the run from school, from work, from her family, from her friends, from herself.
With everyone she loves furious with her for something she can’t explain, and nothing but the love Stark Angel fashion show on New Year’s Eve to look forward to, Em’s reached the end of her rope . . . what’s the point of even going on?
But when she discovers the truth about Nikki’s secret, she knows there’s only one person she can turn to.
Will Christopher be able to put aside his personal feelings and help her expose her employer to the world? Is it even fair to get Christopher involved-since if he agrees, there’s every chance that Stark Enterprises will try to have them both killed-this time, permanently.
[Summary taken from book jacket]

“Runaway” was the third and final installment of the Airhead trilogy. This book was good, and I really enjoyed it, but it was just…missing something. I don’t know what. Anyway. I’d recommend it despite that.
This book finally lets the reader know what Stark has been conspiring about. And though it isn’t entirely that surprising, it’s shocking and I think Meg Cabot created a great plot twist by adding this in the mix.
Christopher and Emerson annoyed me at some points. I wanted them to each get other themselves, but they couldn’t see past their own problems to the person that they said they loved standing before them.
That was probably one of the biggest criticisms I have, and as you can tell that isn’t saying much. I love that characters, the orignality of adding science fiction to overdone celebrity teen romance. Meg Cabot has taken this overused idea and added her personal spin on it, which I think ended up with a fantastic result.
“Runaway” gets 4/5 stars from me. I think you should definitely read it, along with the first two books, “Airhead” and “Being Nikki” I would have to say that, out of the three, “Being Nikki” was my favorite.

Fantasy · fiction · romance · science fiction · young adult

“Airhead” by Meg Cabot

Author: Meg Cabot
Pages [paperback]:
First Lines: “Emerson Watts,” called my first period Public Speaking teacher, Mr. Greer, startling me from the light doze into which I’d drifted. Well, whatever. Do they really expect us to be alert at eight-fifteen in the morning? Come on.
Memorable Quote: However, because they have no actual interests of their own (or if they do, they squelch them in order to fit in) and merely pursue those that they think will look best on their college apps, they’re zombies.
Favortie Character: Emerson
Emerson Watts, 16 and female, loves playing video games, hanging out with her best friend, Christopher, and has made peace with her less-than-supermodel-esque looks. But when she’s involved in a mysterious accident, she wakes up to find she’s now in the body of…a supermodel. Who was behind this switch? What was the motive? And how can she get Christopher to realize she’s still the same person inside?
[Taken from Goodreads]

That summary right up there? ^^ Way more specific than the one on the back of the actual book! When I borrowed this from my friend I thought it was going to be a book about some supermodel and her glamorous life, sprinkled with a few love problems. Little did I know that a science fiction love story was hiding beneath the surface.
I loved the novel, once I found out what it was about! Em is a refreshing change from most of ┬áthe characters I’ve been reading about lately. She isn’t afraid to be true to herself-even if that means spending all day locked inside playing Journeyquest instead of buying the latest trendy clothes and gossiping with the cheerleaders.
The novel is great because the change isn’t some magical random occurance. There’s a scientific reasoning to the transformation.
So. This book was funny, interesting, and once I got into it [and figured out that the summary was nothing like the plot..] I zipped through the second half of the book.
“Airhead” gets 5/5 stars.