I read these books one right after another, in a 48 hour time period. I love Meg Cabot, but I wouldn’t recommend reading more than one of her books in a row because if you’re finicky like I am you’ll start to notice that they’re all pretty much the same. Awkward female lead, constant misunderstandings between the lead and her romantic interest (who she refuses to be straightforward with and instead spends all her time secretly yearning for him), humorous situations, not overly clever dialogue, and maybe a plot hole or two. One Meg Cabot book at a time is fine, I can handle that and not get really annoyed by the road bumps. But three in a row? Trouble!
You can pretty much see how I started out enthusiastic (Airhead) and ended up frustrated (Size 12 is Not Fat), and partly that’s because of the MC overload. So maybe take my reviews with a grain of salt, m’kay?
101. Airhead by Meg Cabot
Publication: Scholastic Press (June 1, 2008), ebooks, 352pp
Genre: YA, Sci-fi
Read: April 18, 2010
I’ve heard good things about this series, and I can see why. It’s fun, and interesting, and I like the almost sci-fi edge to it. I also like the whole “are you the person you are on the outside or are you the person you are on the inside” thing, and whether how what you look like affects how you act/feel/etc. It sort of reminded me of those makeover shows on TLC and whatnot, except the reason those shows are so successful is because they makeover the person into a better version of themselves, not an entirely new person like what happened to Em. I can understand why she’s so freaked out by her body-switch and why she can’t take advantage of her new body like a regular makeover’d person would. That whole plotline is really good!
However, I didn’t like that Em was basically allowed to infiltrate her old life like she did, all in an effort to win over the guy she had a crush on. That was actually sort of creepy, because a) she can’t tell the dude she’s herself and NOT the supermodel, b) the dude is in mourning for her and probably doesn’t want to date anyone right not anyway, and c) I don’t think it’s conducive to Em’s mental health to be latched on to so much of her past life anyway.
102. Jinx by Meg Cabot
Publication: HarperCollins e-books (July 31, 2007), ebook, 262pp
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Read: April 19, 2010
Love the premise– accident-prone girl finds love and battles evil magic-wielding cousin in NYC– but here’s where I started to notice the extreme similarities between MC’s characters. Jinx is deluded into thinking no=one could possibly be romantically interested in her, she can’t see her good points, etc.; she’s manipulated into situations by a “stronger” (i.e. villainous) character because of her good heart; blah blah blah. Also, I really didn’t like any of the characters. They were sort of boring and kind of stereotypical, especially Jinx’s cousin when she goes crazy and pulls a Fairuza Balk on Jinx near the end.
Basically I think Jinx is like The Craft mixed with the Carebears. Cute, and sort of intense, but nothing new is in it.
103. Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot
Publication: HarperCollins e-books (December 27, 2005), ebook, 368pp
Genre: Mystery, Romance
Read: April 19, 2010
At the time when I read this I REALLY didn’t like it, because it’s exactly the same MC character all over again, except she’s in her 20’s (I think?) and she’s not skinny. (But she still acts like she’s 14! Seriously. Same teenage shit all over again.) Looking back on it now I can appreciate it a little bit more because Heather does do more “grown-up” things like drink alcohol and stuff– stuff that MC tends to stay away from doing to her own protagonists, although the baddies can do as much drugs as they want, apparently (see: Jinx).
The plot is actually really cute, and I love the mystery. If Heather wasn’t EXACTLY LIKE EVERY OTHER MEG CABOT CHARACTER I might actually really like her, because she’s spunky and quirky and cute, and her background story is pretty interesting. But she IS like every other MC character and by this point I was just, like, c’mon Meg, get some new personality types in your books. Please. I don’t want to read about the same person all the time!