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Size 12 Is Not Fat: A Heather Wells Mystery (Heather Wells Mysteries) Paperback – December 27, 2005
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Meg Cabot is one of the most colorful writers on the market right now. She can take any genre, and turn it into something marvelous. SIZE 12 IS NOT FAT is no exception. Meg takes three very unlikely subjects: pop stars, dorm directors, and detectives, and mixes them into one very intriguing book that is utterly impossible to put down. Heather Wells, like Meg's previous characters, is charming, with a witty sense of humor, and various complaints about her imperfections, that make her an easy character to relate to.Read more ›
When Cabot came out with Size 12 is Not Fat, then, I was instantly excited: a new Meg Cabot? About a girl detective who isn't really a detective? Set in a college dorm? And she's not a skinny girl? Who would've thought! I was excited for the book and then ended up putting it on a shelf for a while before I actually read it. I finally dusted it off this past week.
The plot is fairly simple: Heather Wells used to be a pop star, but her "decade of fame" has ended and landed her in a job as an assistant residence hall director for New York College. She's looking forward to the perks the job has to offer -- like free tuition! -- until tragedy strikes in the form of a girl dying in the dorm. She suspects something fishy. Especially when a second girl dies. But since the cops don't believe her, she has to turn to her landlord-slash-true-love Cooper (older brother of her ex-fiance and boy-bad headliner) and her crazy friends in the dorms to help her solve the case (and get her ex off her back while she wins over his brother!)
But honestly, I think Cabot should've stuck to non-traditional stories and teen novels.Read more ›
Heather works in a dorm, which the school calls a "residence hall." Cabot uses this joke - "we went back to the dorm - I mean residence hall" about 10 times in the first two chapters alone and then it keeps coming back up throughout the book. I kept wondering why her editor didn't tell her it was funny the first two times, tired by the third, and would make people want to tear their hair out every other time they read it.
She has a sequel out, which I'll probably read in hopes that Heather isn't so desperate and sad. She's got a third book planned. If there's no improvement in book 2, I won't be reading 3.
Heather is a bright, affable character who is readily relatable. The fact that she is not perfect is a joy; she's real and she means for you to understand that. I enjoyed the chatty style and the way each chapter began with the words to one of Heather's "songs" she sang as a pop star. I could easily envision her quirkiness and really enjoyed the humor as well.
This is definitely a chick-lit mystery and it doesn't pretend to be anything else, which is fine. The main place I had any problem was toward the end; the climax of the action just didn't have a realistic feel to it and it seemed a tad on the silly side. But overall I really enjoyed this one and look forward to more in the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book AFTER a book later in the series. It was great even though I know how the series ends. There is suspense and drama and love. I can't wait for the next book. Read morePublished 10 days ago by sewcrazy
I admit this was a DNF for me. It was really funny and I loved the MC's personality and all the jokes, but the murder mystery plot wasn't working for me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by chanterelle
Great read for all girls. A must read for teenage girls to ensure that they know that any girl of all sizes and looks can do what they want and be happy in their lives.Published 4 months ago by cviola
I loved it. I thought Meg Cabot did a beautiful job at writing this book and the plot flowed well. I want to be Heather Wells's best friend - I loved the character's sassy, witty... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jennifer
Love this book! Elegantly crafted- warrants re-reading. Laugh aloud funny. Brilliantly done.Published 4 months ago by Mika Liss
I enjoyed megs murder mystery with the underlying struggle of every girl- trying to figure out what Jean size is required of her.Published 5 months ago by Ariel Seufert
This is an easy read with a clever plot twist. Meg Cabot has written a good combination of mystery and chick novel.....Romance, humor, and mystery all rolled together.Published 5 months ago by Hayley Flanagan
I did not like this book. The main character is not likable, in fact, she seems just plain stupid. The repetitious terms in the first chapter with respect to the "residence... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Reads4fun