I was lucky enough to win an ARC for this a few months ago from the one-and-only Meg Cabot. (I so love ARCs. There’s just something awesome about a new book coming out and knowing you’re one of the few who get to read it early.) For those of you who haven’t read Being Nikki, you should! Well, first you should read Airhead, which is the first in the planned trilogy. Just to catch you up — in Airhead, Em is a teenage girl who, instead of listening to her younger sister go on and on about supermodel Nikki Howard and her hot friends, would rather be spending time playing computer games with her best friend/secret love Christopher. Em’s life completely changes one day when, at the opening of a Stark supercenter (which Em competely despises since Stark and their spokesmodel Nikki Howard are taking over the world), a huge television falls on her. When she wakes up in the hospital, she discovers her brain has been transplanted into Nikki Howard’s body.
In Being Nikki, Em is still pretending to be Nikki Howard, fulfilling the model contracts for Stark, living in her loft, dealing with her so-called boyfriend, and all other baggage Nikki had. Add to this the fact that Em thinks Stark is spying on her, her best friend/secret love has turned into a rebel since he believes Em died and she can’t tell him because her family would get in major legal trouble, and Nikki’s long-lost older brother has showed up looking for his mother, and Em can hardly keep it under control.
Being Nikki started a little slow for me, but it definitely picked up. Em is still settling into Nikki’s life, and trying to figure out how to balance what she wants from her old life with what she has in her new. The parts dealing with Christopher and the problem of Nikki’s missing mom were interesting and help the overall plot of figuring out the whole Stark issue. The worst part about the book is the way it ends — leaving you READY for the third book Runway, which unfortunately won’t be out for awhile considering she’s currently working on writing it. Meg Cabot, what are you doing to me??