Monday, December 7, 2009

Being Nikki by Meg Cabot

Emerson Watts is back in town and things are not looking up for her. She pretty much figures she has hit rock bottom, as she is a teen brainiac living in a teen supermodel’s body, but alas she is wrong.

This said supermodel just happens to have a missing mother, a brother who has just shown up to look for said mother, a former best friend who is determined to bring down the company that she works for (and who she happens to have a major crush on), and a chart-topping song that has been written about her.

With all these things on her mind, Em is not sure quite what she is going to do, especially when she has to manage her time between school and shooting ads in St. John’s – where nasty creatures called ex-boyfriends seem to be abundant. O what is a girl to do, who seems to have it all? Em is not sure she is up for the adventure of Being Nikki…

I have to say that I was quite anxious for the release of this book, as I loved its proceedor (AIRHEAD). I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next and be enchanted with yet another great story, but you know what? That didn’t happen this time. I mean the story was good and suspenseful and all that jazz, but BEING NIKKI just didn’t have the same spark as AIRHEAD and I felt myself enjoying it much less.

The plot for me was quite suspenseful for much of the story and was an absolute hoot. It was also quite original and really left me wanting more and more as the book started to come to a close. It was quite slow though at the beginning and really didn’t get going until the second half of the book. I also found the plot to be very redundant at time and we would hear Nikki complaining of the same things or doing the same things and there was absolutely no progression for like fifty some odd pages.

As for the characters, they were eh. I really enjoyed Stephen, Nikki’s brother, as he was really interesting and mysterious, but every time the reader was really getting to know him, Nikki would jump back in and starting whining and the book would revolve around her again. As for Nikki/Em besides the whininess, she was a decent character who had quite the sense of humor and became quite relatable as the story progressed.

Overall I liked this book and am still anxious to know how the brilliant Meg Cabot will tie up this thrilling trilogy. If you haven’t given this series of Mrs. Cabot’s a try I highly suggest reading them as you will be quite shocked with all the twists and turns that occur.


So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I really loved this. A lot more than Airhead actually. There was more story and less scene setting.

Lauren said...

Now I'm confused! I really loved Airhead, so I've been looking forward to reading Being Nikki. I'm not so sure I'm going to love it now, but if I pick up I'll definitely be prepared to wade through the slow beginning to get to the fun stuff, so thanks for the heads up.

Morgan said...

I was never a Meg Cabot reader and I have no idea why not becuase everyone suggests her books and says how good they are. Great review and maybe I will become a Meg Cabot reader very soon.


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