Author: Meg Cabot
Summary: 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.
My Thoughts:Cabot ends her Airhead series on a strong note with Runaway. Having followed Em Watts through the catastrophic accident that turned her into Nikki Howard and then the subsequent changes made not only to Nikki’s life but the lives of those around her we get to the most action packed portion of the series. Filled with corporate espionage and a great big helping of sleuthing Em and her closest friends fight Stark Industries to take back control of their lives.
Runaway has me continuing to enjoy the characters Cabot created in this series. The addition of Nikki’s family (and Nikki herself) in book two enhanced the experience further as the gang delved into how to resolve their Stark Industries generated problems. Specifically, throughout her plight to find balance between her real family and the new family she’s acquired Em is further split in two by her feelings for Christopher. I liked the push and pull of their tentative movements between friendship and romance. More than that, I thought Cabot wrote it in a way that wasn’t childish or overbearing.