–review by Bronto Incognito
by Meg Cabot
Whoa. If high school was suppose to be the best years of my life – at least so far – I was truly destined to have a sucky adulthood.
Book-a-likes: The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade and The Selection by Kiera Cass
So this is the series I attempted to complete for our June challenge to binge-read a series. Fail. I made it through one and a half books. Partly I think this series was a little to similar to the feel of The Ghost and the Goth series to read it RIGHT after finishing that one. That and this is normally not my style of book–I’ve never read anything by Meg Cabot before. That said, so far I’m liking this series!
Basic story breakdown: Em is a normal, gamer-girl geek who only has one friend–her best friend Christopher she’s been crushing on for years and of course does NOT seem to see her as an actual girl.
Then after a tragic and random accident, she wakes up to find she’s been in a coma for over a MONTH!!! Can you believe it? Does life get any weirder or crazier than that?!?
Oh, yeah, and she’s also legally dead and her brain’s been shoved into a supermodel’s body, so there is that, too…
Oh, and that supermodel (Nikki Taylor) is the face of pretty much the biggest company on the planet who arranged for this life-saving procedure and oh yeah, if Em screws it up, her family’s on the hook for the $2 million bill.
There are many things I liked about this book. I hate when famous or stereotypically shallow people are only that. There should be more depth there. So while some of Em’s expectations of Nikki’s life are met (she kind of makes out with whoever is handy and seems to have been fairly mean to people) others are not. Modeling is MUCH harder job than she anticipated. Just because Nikki’s friends are famous doesn’t make them callous, jerky people. Lulu (Nikki’s best friend and roommate) is always super sweet.
And Em’s having a hard time navigating through her new life (where everyone thinks she has amnesia) and her old life (where everyone but her immediate family thinks she’s dead–including grandma. Including Christopher.)
While Em is clearly a better person than Nikki was, there are still some things I don’t like about her. Like how long it takes her to think about Christopher after finding out her own body is dead. Or the assumptions she makes about how she can win him over again, or that all of his current actions revolve around her.
Then again, that just makes her a flawed character. So it works.
Although her sister is a twit.
Sorry, Dawn. It had to be done…
Also, a few minor consistency issues: Nikki has a small, white, fluffy dog. Either I missed it or they didn’t specify that that dog was a poodle until 3/4 of the way through the book. NOT what I was picturing.
THIS is what I was picturing. Also, there’s mention towards the beginning that Nikki is allergic to stuff in waxing products and can’t use them. Then later she’s getting waxing done…
Other than that though, good read. I cannot explain why, but I just love a story about what’s behind a overly-polished veneer and watching a shallow character grow. I’ll be posting a review of Book 2, Being Nikki, soon so don’t forget to check that out!
Also, don’t forget to check out some of my other reviews as well!