Meg Cabot is the author of the phenomenally successful The Princess Diaries series as well as many other bestselling novels. She and her husband divide their time between Florida and Indiana.
Gr 8 Up-In Meg Cabot's sequel (2009) to Airhead (2008, both Scholastic), Em is still struggling since her brain was transplanted into the body of teen supermodel Nikki. She must sneak out to see her real family and pretend to have amnesia when she doesn't remember anyone from Nikki's life. True, she gets to wear designer clothes (the product placement becomes very irritating, however), and jet off to exotic locales, but it comes with a lack of privacy that has nothing to do with the paparazzi, and everything to do with the bugs that are everywhere-including her company-provided cell phone and computer. This control by Stark Enterprises-the company responsible for Nikki's career, Em's brain transplant, and her growing paranoia-is at the heart of the action. Through a brother she didn't know Nikki had, Em finds out that the model's mother is missing. She enlists the help her old friend and current crush, Christopher, and his hacker cousin. Christopher will only help her if she gets him into Stark's corporate network so he can exact vengeance for Em's death. At the end of the novel, Em is being blackmailed into helping Brandon Stark and leaving Christopher. Fans will be clamoring for the next installment. Teen dialogue and emotions ring true and pop culture references are current for now. Stina Nielsen does an excellent job with the various voices and accents. Sure to be a big hit with Cabot fans.-Suanne Roush, Osceola High School, Seminole, FL Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.