runaway book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to wake up in the morning and be a totally different person, maybe even a rich supermodel? Waking up in supermodel Nikki Howard’s body was the worst nightmare for Emerson Watts. Now instead of studying for her advanced placement classes or playing Journeyquest with her best friend (and crush) Christopher, Emerson is parading around on runways and being pursued by all of the former Nikki Howard’s love interests.

In Runaway, the third installment in Meg Cabot’s Airhead series, Emerson is preparing for the biggest televised event of her career as Nikki. Meanwhile, Nikki Howard is alive and kicking–in someone else’s body. Things couldn’t get any more complicated when Brandon Starks, heir to the Stark Corporation, kidnaps Emerson, the real Nikki Howard, and Nikki’s brother and mother. Nikki will do anything to get her body back, including telling Brandon the secret she found out that can take down Brandon’s father and put him behind bars for life. But if Nikki gets her body back, what will happen to Emerson Watts, who is legally deceased?

I love Meg Cabot for her smart, funny female characters and the ridiculous situations in which they find themselves. There is always the perfect blend of humor, conflict, and romance in her books, and the Airhead series is the perfect example of all of these qualities. With the Airhead series, Meg Cabot tried something a little different and it worked beautifully. Though brain transplants are still an imperfect science (that we know of, anyway!), Cabot is able to write about them with ease and clarity.

Though normally I prefer to take breaks in between reading books from the same series, I was eager to move from one book to the next. This series was extremely suspenseful for me, and I am thankful I waited until obtaining a copy of Runaway before starting all of them. Meg Cabot kept me guessing right up until the very end as to what would become of Nikki, Emerson, and the Stark Corporation.

For more information about the Airhead series, please visit Meg Cabot’s official website.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

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