Thursday, 27 February 2014

Review: Being Nikki

Being Nikki (Airhead #2) by Meg Cabot
I am Nikki Howard now.
Em Watts is dead ... 

Teen supermodel Nikki Howard has a secret. She's not the
gorgeous golden airhead she seems - on the inside she's someone else. Literally. Em Watts is stuck in the body of glamazon celebutante Nikki. And it's not easy. Especially when Nikki's past is about to catch up with her, her boss is spying on her, and Em's heart wants one thing but her lips keep kissing someone else...

My Thoughts:

3.5 stars

This review contains unavoidable spoilers for Airhead.

This was a rollercoaster for me. It had a lot of ups that had me on a high, loving the view of what I thought would come but then it also had a lot of sudden dives, some low plunges into a dull monotone of Emerson constantly bitching about the state of her love life or reminding us for the five-billionth time that she is in Nikki's body - we kind of know that Emerson, haven't we spent two entire books reading about that? - and it would be ruined.

Being Nikki picks up a little after the ending of Airhead with Nikki/Emerson at a modelling job with Brandon Stark at St John in the Virgin Islands. She is clinging to a cliff face in a white bikini smiling for the camera while contemplating how best to off herself and how much she hates Stark and her life and Nikki and hatin' on everything in general. Not a great start to be honest.

Ignoring Emerson though this was actually pretty good. Yes, I know, shocking isn't it? I really did enjoy the majority of this book though. We get to meet Nikki's brother, Stephen, who was actually a really decent character. He stood up for himself, he loved Nikki for who she was and he made an effort for Emerson - I really liked him.

We also got a decent storyline this time round. We delve into why Stark organised the whole-body transplant in the first place and we go on a quest to find Nikki's (not Emerson's, Nikki's) mother who has been missing since her "accident". There is a surprising amount of suspense and intrigue. It kept me eagerly flipping through the pages, trying to sort through all the puzzle pieces in my head.

What really ruins this book, this series, is Emerson. I really cannot stand her. She goes on and on and on some more about Nikki "making" her kiss Brandon and Gabriel and whoever else she kisses. She goes on about Whitney and Frida and FONs who are all supposedly lower than the Almighty Emerson because they care about what the look like and that they like to wear designer jeans and go to celebrity parties - doesn't she realise that she is one of "those girls" now anyway, so she is hardly one to judge? Besides what does it matter if they do like any of those things? It doesn't make them any less of a person.

Emerson's constant whining about every boy falling for her and the supposed string of guys Nikki (real Nikki) was leading on made me want to strangle myself. It was infuriating. Her obsession with it drove me mad. I wanted to jump through the pages and slap some sense into her or shake her or just something! Plus the fact that she was devastated by the fact that Christopher really did love her (Emerson) and that she was jealous of that, even though its herself that she is jealous of... its just infuriating! I cannot even begin to describe how much that angered me. I mean just ahhhhhh!

The ending is what completely ruined it for me though. There was a great climatic rise towards the end and everything looked like it was going to end well but then we took another random plunge downwards...

I didn't like it all. The very, very end I mean. I cannot say much without spoiling it but who she ended up with and why - that was the part that broke my heart and made me want to throw this book at a hard brick wall. It really ruined the very dramatic and awesome ending that it could have been. It was like my rollercoaster took me on a loop-de-loop - I ended up exactly where I started in
Airhead an that wasn't what I was expecting at all.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. The intrigue kept me engaged and the mysteries were enthralling but the character of Emerson and the ending didn't work for me. I hope that the series continues to improve though. I am eager to read
Runaway and see how everything turns out.

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