by Meg Cabot
Emerson Watts–tomboy, computer nerd, and anti-materialist–gets into a horrible accident at the opening of a new Stark super-mall and has her brain transplanted into the body of popular 17-year-old model Nikki Howard, who collapsed at the mall after suffering a brain aneurism. The only reason this top secret, highly expensive surgery was performed was because Nikki was the spokesperson for evil company Stark, and they want Emerson to fulfill the rest of Nikki’s contract in Nikki’s body. Emerson just wants her old life back, and wants to get the attention of her best friend Christopher, but if she reveals who she really is, her parents will have to pay millions in fines to cover the surgery and the contract.
The story is pretty annoyingly written in that conversational “adult writing like a teen” voice, but it’s funny enough and presents some interesting social issues (in between all the drama about gorgeous boys falling for Emerson-as-Nikki).
It’s a clean enough book for tweens who are into chicklit but aren’t ready for the heavy petting aspect of the genre. Also a nice amount of mystery. It’s the first of a series.