Daily Archives: May 5, 2009

Meg Cabot Contest: Airhead Giveaway!

FC_BC_0545040549.inddairhead_title It is my pleasure to announce a little contest here at Shelf Elf. I am going to be giving away 5 copies of the newly released paperback of Airhead, by Meg Cabot. Here’s a bit about the book:

Emerson Watts isn’t your average sixteen-year-old girl.  She loves playing video games with her best friend, Christopher, and has made peace with her less-than-supermodel-esque looks. But when she’s involved in a bizarre accident, she wakes up to find she’s now in the body of a supermodel. Who’s behind it? What’s the motive? And how can she get Christopher to realize she’s still the same person inside? From #1 New York Times bestselling author MEG CABOT comes Airhead, now available in paperback! And look for book 2 in the series, Being Nikki, in hardcover in stores now!

Beginning today, and running through to May 31st, all you have to do to enter the Airhead giveaway contest is leave a comment on this post, providing a creative / entertaining (and not-very-long) answer to this question:

If you woke up inside the body of a famous supermodel, would this be a dream-come-true or your worst nightmare?

Only one comment per person please and thank you! Winners will be announced on June 1st, and the paperback copies of Airhead sent out soon after. Sounds like the perfect summer read to me!

Here are a few reviews, to catch your interest:
TeenBookReview
Em’s Bookshelf
Chicklish
Pop Culture Junkie
The YA YA YAs
A True Reality

The sequel to Airhead, Being Nikki, is out now in stores. Good thing too, because from what I’ve read, the first book ends with a major cliffhanger. Here is a little video clip created by Meg Cabot, showing some of the locations from the books. Love getting behind-the-scenes info! Pretty cool:

Shrinking Violet

violet3In her debut YA novel, Shrinking Violet, Class of 2k9er Danielle Joseph introduces us to Teresa Adams, an ordinary girl who hides a lot behind her super-shy exterior. Tere may be the shyest girl in her school, but she’s also an aspiring DJ who dreams of finding her place at the microphone of Miami’s hottest radio station, The SLAM. Tere’s stepfather just happens to own the station, so when a slot opens up at SLAM, Tere finds her way from mock broadcasting in her bedroom, into the spotlight at a real radio station. Soon Tere is leading a double life; shy-girl by day and sexy Sweet T radio hostess at night. It looks like she’s going to be able to keep the secret going until a SLAM songwriting contest gets launched, and the prize is a prom date with the mysterious Sweet T. Will Tere step away from her shrinking violet status and showcase the talent she’s been hiding all along? Hmmm… not telling! Grab a copy of this sweet story and find out for yourself.

There’s a lot of appeal in this book. First, I was attracted by the premise. I always like reading about a teen who wants to do something a little bit different with her life. I imagine that Tere’s passion for radio might inspire readers to consider that career path too. It was fun to grab a glimpse inside the workings of a radio station. Danielle Joseph worked as an intern at a bunch of radio stations in Boston, so she knows of what she writes. Tere is a lovely, ordinary girl, who worries a bit about her appearance, doesn’t get along so well with her hyper-critical mother, and struggles tremendously with shyness. It’s refreshing to read about such a realistic character. She isn’t in love with a vampire. She isn’t able to communicate with dead people. Her parents don’t own half of Manhattan. She’s a girl that so many teen readers will relate to immediately. That Tere is interesting and ordinary, speaks to Joseph’s strength with characterization. I believed completely in Tere, and felt invested in her journey towards greater confidence.

Shrinking Violet comes with a set of discussion questions, and I think the book will lead to great chat about finding what makes you happy, stepping out of your comfort zone and discovering confidence. I’m imagining a book party with a lot of good tunes and girl talk. This one is fun and real and it gets inside your head, like a good song you listen to over and over.

Shrinking Violet is published by MTV Books.