Title: Runaway (Book 3 of Airhead)
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Point – Scholastic, Inc.
Release Date: April 20, 2010
Em Watts is on the run. She’s on the run from school, from work, from her family, from her friends, from herself.
With everyone she loves furious with her for something she can’t explain, and nothing but the live Stark Angel fashion show on New Year’s Eve to look forward to, Em’s reached the end of ehr rop … what’s the point of even going on?
But when she discovers the truth about Nikki’s secret, she knows there’s only one person she can turn to.
Will Christopher be able to put aside his personal feelings and help her expose her employer to the world? Is it even fair to get Christopher involved – since if he agrees, there’s every chance that Stark Enterprises will try to have them both killed – this time, permanently?
Since I was rushing at the library, unfortunately I didn’t realize until I was more than halfway done with this book that it was actually the third book, not the second. So, you can pretty much ignore this post until I read the second book, haha!
Other than the confusion I had over the events I missed from the second book, this book was really good. Weird, but a fully body transplant is a bit odd. The schemes and plotting of the characters were really intriguing, and the way it all came together/was revealed at the end was creative, dangerous, and thrilling to read. Em’s character is so hard to relate to, because of the craziness of her life – um, hello? Frump to supermodel? When does that ever happen? – but anyone can relate to being on the receiving end of bad communication. The trust and communication issues that she deals with in her relationship and in herself really affect the tone and plot of the story.
The hot-and-cold romance between her and Christopher (which I missed part of in the second book) was great. It wasn’t an I’m-destined-to-be-with-this-person-because-of-an-age-old-prophecy sort of romance. It was more an I-love-this-person-but-we-have-a-lot-of-kinks-in-our-relationship sort of thing, which I adored. Their arguments and stubborn pig-headedness made them perfect for each other. Their relationship was by no means perfect in any way, but the at the end, with the New Year’s Eve scene? I loved it! Plus, Em’s constant worry over their arguments was cute.
But it’s not just their romance, either. I loved the happy ending – I’m not giving any specific people away, though! And not all the relationships are romantic. There’s also a lot of friendship, sibling love-hate paradoxes, and parent-daughter issues worked out in the book, too (which also brought up a lot of gender role issues, too, which was interesting because of the whole my-mom’s-a-women-studies-professor-and-I’m-a-super-skinny-supermodel thing). All in all, a great read! But now I need to go get the second book, haha!!