Thursday, July 12, 2012

Runaway by Meg Cabot

Emerson Watts is 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 her rope... 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?

Maybe it would be better for Em to just keep on running. (from GoodReads)

I really love the Airhead trilogy, especially the first two books: Airhead and Being Nikki. Unfortunately, Runaway felt a little superfluous. I still enjoyed it, but the events probably could have been added to the previous novel.

Runaway was a quick read, in terms of page number and plot points. I feel like this book wasn't even needed, since not much happens. We finally figure out what Nikki knew that got her "killed" and learn about Robert Stark's secret agenda. I was actually surprised by that and thought it was a pretty clever twist.

Runaway is the last book, so we want all loose ends tied up. The last few pages did just that, but it pretty much just listed the fates of all the characters. Which is pretty lame, if you ask me. Pretty much everyone gets a happy ending that is quickly summarized in bullet points.

I feel like Meg Cabot (does she use ghost writers?) kind of gave up on this novel. Everything that occurs could have easily been condensed into the first two books. If you've started the trilogy, I would recommend finishing it, but just be aware that this isn't the best conclusion ever.

Rating: 6 out of 10.
FTC: borrowed from library.

2010/Scholastic/310 pages.

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