A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is a mystery novel, so there's talk of murder, a possible kidnapping, eavesdropping, and other mysterious events. There's also underage drinking, heavy consumerism, and some sexual situations.
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What's the story?
Emerson Watts is still trying to adjust to life being supermodel Nikki Watts and being technically dead. She still tries to go to school and is still hoping her life-long crush will figure out she's really Em living in the body of Nikki. Just when she thinks she has the hang of her new life, she finds herself engaged in a undercover struggle with her sinister employer Stark Enterprises, running from a variety of Nikki's ex-lovers, and looking for Nikki's long-lost relatives. Can Stark really be as bad as it appears, and will she ever get to live her own life?
Is it any good?
Author Meg Cabot does it again: Once readers pick up BEING NIKKI, they will not be able to put it down. By now readers of the first book will be used to the idea of brain transplants, so that fantastical portion of the book doesn't take away from the intrigue and mystery of Stark Enterprises.
The novel is funny, the language realistic, and there is an intriguing mystery mixed in with the fluffy teen model and crush story lines. Cabot takes her readers on a great ride, and the only complaint most will have is that the ride stops and readers will have to wait for the next book to see what happens.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the life of a celebrity. What do you think are the perks? What are the problems? Is our culture too obsessed with celebrities and their lives?
Did changing bodies change Em's perception of herself? Do the models in fashion magazines affect the way you feel about yourself? How?
Do you worry about where your consumer goods come from and big box stores' effect on the local economy and the environment?
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