Being Nikki: An Airhead Novel

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Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Engaging cliffhanger continues series' rollercoaster ride.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 18 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

If kids learn anything it will be that all the glitz and glamour of the modeling world doesn't compare to the security and comfort of loving friends and family. It may also spark their curiosity into big box stores and how the companies where their consumer goods come from treat the environment, workers, and patrons.

Positive Messages

The main messages in the book deal with Em's ability to choose what's right in the midst of temptation. Money and fame threaten to erase the old "Em" and she learns how to make tough decisions amid distractions and pressure from all sides. The book also exposes the realities and darker side of the celebrity world.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are some positive roles models, including parents and friends, but providing positive examples isn't the novel's main goal.


A company tries to murder a young girl, a woman disappears, and a man grabs a girl violently and threatens her. There are some incidents of mild fighting -- slaps, headlocks, and pinches.


Some kissing scenes and one heavy petting scene with a teen boy and girl. A girl thinks about having sex with several boys. There is some innuendo and descriptions of scantily clad women.


Some name-calling throughout the novel.


The designer labels are important to the story as the main character is a supermodel. The clothing labels, (Chanel, Ugg, Juicy Couture, etc.), help set the scene for the novel.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There is regular drinking by teens. One teen is tricked into drinking alcohol; another teen drinks heavily.

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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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byaebmck October 21, 2010

good book - read airhead first!

bad: there was a little kissing, but not much. there were a few bad words, but not very bad. Good: It made being smart sound cool and being smart helped her... Continue reading
Parent of a 13 and 13-year-old Written bygigigm October 14, 2010
incredibly readable
love meg cabot's writing style
Teen, 13 years old Written bysarahalr1328 December 13, 2012

Love this book!

This book is just so amazing! Very good for teens and tweens! It's so addicting and the love story is just soooo perfect!
Kid, 11 years old November 2, 2012

no sex in the book

sex in the book is barely any

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?

Book details

  • Author: Meg Cabot
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Point
  • Publication date: May 1, 2009
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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