- Age Range: 12 - 17 years
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
- Series: Airhead (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 310 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; 1 Reprint edition (May 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545040604
- ISBN-13: 978-0545040600
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,238,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Airhead Book 3: Runaway Hardcover – April 20, 2010
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Gr 7 Up–In this final volume in the trilogy, Em Watts is being held captive by Brandon Stark, son of evil billionaire entrepreneur Robert Stark. Thanks to a forced brain transplant, the teen has been living in the body of superstar model Nikki Howard. Em manages to break out of Brandon's place and find her way back to NYC, but of course, it's impossible to hide when you're a world-famous celebrity. With the help of her tech-savvy friend, Felix, she uncovers Robert Stark's top-secret venture, Project Phoenix, and ultimately reveals it to the public. A bit slow-moving in the middle, the story really picks up as all the loose ends are tied up. Several romantic subplots with secondary characters provide humorous moments, as does the strong narrative voice. Despite its sci-fi premise, this is pure Cabot. At its essence are discussions of femininity and the premium that society places on beauty and youth, all wrapped up in a surface-level fluffy read full of brand-name-dropping and glamour.Jennifer Barnes, formerly at Homewood Library, IL
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Readers who loved the story and characters in Airhead (2008), in which 16-year-old Em's brain is transferred into the body of supermodel Nikki, and groaned at the cliff-hanger ending of its sequel, Being Nikki (2009), will dive right into the concluding volume in the Airhead trilogy. In this fast-paced novel combining adventure, romance, mystery, and celebrity culture, Em finally comes into her own, better understanding who she is, where she has come from, what she wants, and how to bring things right at last. Em's appealing first-person narrative makes the most of this compelling and ultimately satisfying story. Grades 8-10. --Carolyn Phelan
Top Customer Reviews
Runaway, the conclusion to the Airhead trilogy, is a snappy and smart read that goes by far too quickly! The novel picks up only days after the tension-filled conclusion of Being Nikki, and dives into the action right away, with all of the drama surrounding Brandon Stark's attempt at whisking Em and the Howards away to his summer home. They are quickly rescued, but when they return to New York, it is evident that they aren't any safer there. Lulu and Gabriel Luna quickly join the group as Em and Christopher attempt to get to the bottom of the mystery through a series of fast paced action scenes, complete with plenty of quick thinking, computer hacking, and romantic tension.
Meanwhile, plenty is happening with the large cast of supporting characters--people a hooking up, breaking up, and making up. Nikki, who comes off as horribly vain and shallow throughout most of the series, gets a makeover and a drive for revenge, making her more likable and more ruthless. Em is dealing with her own issues concerning her mother and how she taught Em and her sister to perceive beauty, which adds a bit more depth to the plot.Read more ›
Emerson Watts is a pretty typical nerdy girl at a good school. She has one best friend, who she is secretly in love with (It is a guy, by the way.) But she is only typical until she goes to a store opening with her sister and gets injured in a very freak accident.
When she wakes up after about a month of being unconscious, she feels like she is someone else.
And she actually is.
This is not a paranormal book. She gets a brain transplant.
At the end of the book I literally said, "Get me the next book! NOW!" The ending is a total cliffhanger!
The characters are smart, witty, and a little weird, as with typical Meg Cabot books. A fun read, even though the beginning is a little hard to understand, and can be difficult to get into. However, it is definitely worth reading the whole thing, because it is truly hilarious!
Reviewed by: Taylor Rector
There were many moments similar to this: Then I realized the thing in his hand was a gun. He had a gun! He ACTUALLlY was going to shoot us. I couldn't believe it. Here I was, thinking we were going to get away and [character] pulled out a gun. What could we do? If we ran, he would shoot us. But what choice did we have? I blinked. Was this really happening? It seemed so strange that just yesterday I was at a shoot on the beach and now I was looking at the barrel of a gun... And it goes on and on like that for paragraphs and sometimes pages. Too much telling and not enough showing.
Even though it focused around high school, I found that I still enjoyed the book. I was a bit shocked at the accident, fully expecting that it would be more of a "Freaky Friday" plot. Accepting the consequences was a bit difficult and why I rated it a 4 instead of a 5. I still wish somehow it could come right at the end and knowing that it can't makes it a little less enjoyable for me.
Apart from that, I found the humor to be as enjoyable for someone my age as for a teenager. I will consider buying more from this series.
"Runaway," third in the Airhead series, was preceded by "Airhead" and "Being Nikki" and closes this trilogy off nicely. The storyline was fascinating and Cabot still managed to surprise her readers with tidbits. I don't like to reveal anything substantial about the book, its progression, or its ending, but this one does end happily ever after. Em's character goes through quite a bit and with this last book of the trilogy, readers will applaud her ability to hang in there. Also, a big driver of this book was the background discussion about business ethics, identity theft, and even reclaiming a new identity. It's the gift that Christopher gives to Em at the end that is so thoughtful and touching, and it reminds readers that we are who we are, not matter what crosses our path in life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun, light, decent YA novel, teenage-fantasy based. A lot of repetition of character's theme, and written in the vernacular of teen-speak. Harmless and amusing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kathy E.
I love Meg Cabot books and the Airhead series is fantastic. Its funny and witty and like nothing I have ever read before!Published 5 months ago by Stephanie
A beautifully spun tale that pulls you in and continues to interest you in a magnificent storyline about a shy girl that is forced into a public life that forces her to keep her... Read morePublished 7 months ago by tmacaroni55
The book came in great condition, just wish it had the cover like the paperback instead a solid purple color with the words "Airhead" engraved in the bookPublished 13 months ago by Micaj808
It was really good and it kept me wanting to read more and more! This is like the only book I like from MegPublished 16 months ago by Jenna Daryn Harris
Emerson Watts is the farthest thing there is to a “girly-girl”. She prefers to spend her time playing video games with her best friend--and secret crush--Christopher, rather than... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Joana (The Boundless Booklist)