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In Cabot's entertaining, if flawed, second cozy (after 2006's Size 12 Is Not Fat) to feature Heather Wells, a teen music idol turned student-life employee at NYU-like New York College, a cheerleader in Heather's dorm turns up dead—or, at least her head turns up, stewed almost beyond recognition in a cafeteria pot. Lindsay Combs was bubbly and popular, but as Heather digs deeper, she learns that Lindsay wasn't all sweetness and light. She slept around and was involved with obnoxious fraternity boys who made pin money dealing drugs. If solving Lindsay's murder isn't enough to keep Heather busy, her father, recently released after a 20-year prison sentence, shows up on her doorstep, looking for a renewed relationship and a place to stay. The roster of suspects is underdeveloped, and the denouement is both predictable and implausible, but Heather's charm and wit amply compensate. (Nov. 28)
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Fans of Cabot's Size 12 Is Not Fat (2005) will be pleased that almost nothing has changed in this sequel. Once again, a killer is on the loose at fictional New York College--a young woman's decapitated head is found in a dorm kitchen's bubbling soup pot. Heather Wells, pop star turned residential advisor, dives in to solve the mystery with the same fumbling humor, vulnerability, and tenacity that she displayed in the first title. Even the love interest is the same here, and Cabot teases readers with an open ending that promises more sequels. Accessible to newcomers, this will still appeal most to readers ofSize 12. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Series: Heather Wells Mysteries (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; First Edition edition (November 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060525126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060525125
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Meg Cabot is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for both adults and tweens/teens. There have been over 25 million copies of Meg's nearly 80 published books sold in 38 countries. Her last name rhymes with habit, as in "her books can be habit forming." She currently lives in Key West, Florida with her husband and various cats.

Meg's first ever adult book in the Princess Diaries series, "Royal Wedding", will be available in Summer 2015, along with an installment of the series for younger readers, "From the Notebook of a Middle School Princess". "Remembrance", a new book in the Mediator series will be available in February of 2016.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Little D on December 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
I'm a huge fan of Meg Cabot's chick lit and I wasn't let down by this sequel to Size 12 Is Not Fat. Really, who wouldn't love to read about Heather Wells? She's a loveable character that anyone (whether you're a size 2 or a 12) can relate to. The only thing I didn't like was that it was a little too gruesome for me. Maybe the next mystery wont involve a missing body and a boiled head.

I'm really looking forward to reading the next Heather Well's mystery.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on December 14, 2006
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Twenty-nine-year-old ex-pop star, and current assistant resident hall advisor, Heather Wells, never thought that her mall tour fame from years ago would follow her through over ten years of her life, and various pants sizes. But, as much as she'd like to shake her old image, it seems to suck the life out of her wherever she goes. Of course, it doesn't help that her ex-fiance (and ex-Easy Street boy band member) Jordan Cartwright, won't get out of her face, or keep his new top of the charts fiance, Tania Trace, from feeling threatened by the newly-plus sized Heather. However, as she attempts to avoid Jordan's constant calls inviting him to his Celebrity Wedding, she finds herself colliding headfirst with a severely disturbing incident in her dormitory - the discovery of the head cheerleader, Lindsay Combs' decapitated head boiling in a pot in the dormitory kitchen. With the first day of the new semester in full swing, Heather feels bombarded by whiny students, and an ex-con father who has suddenly shown up on her doorstep looking to make amends, and actually welcomes the chance to put on her Detective shoes, and do a little sleuthing of her own. Getting the chance to work side-by-side with her landlord, and the love of her life - Private Eye Cooper Cartwright (yes, Jordan's older brother) - doesn't hurt a bit either. But as the murder trail begins leading Heather into a shady world, where students don't start partying until the break of dawn, and spend their time smoking anything that they encounter, she realizes that she's playing with fire. And, if she isn't careful, she may be singing her last melody.

You don't need many words to describe Meg Cabot's writing. The words flawless and magnificent seem to be accurate enough.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bookphile VINE VOICE on June 9, 2008
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I find Meg Cabot rather irresistible. I imagine her to be the sort of sunny girlfriend who always has a great story to tell and who has a knack for making you laugh, no matter how lousy of a day you've had. The style translates to her work and that is what makes it so enjoyable to me. Cabot's novels are pure fun, just like an afternoon spent gossiping and laughing with a close female friends.

The engaging Heather Wells is back in this novel. The premise of her being a former pop princess who is now broke courtesy of her mother running off with her money in probably the most original back story I've heard for a character in some time. Still, though her background is rather dramatic, Heather is not bitter. If there's one criticism I have of the character it would be that she perhaps lacks a bit of nuance. I don't think I'd be as forgiving as she is but Cabot portrays her as a woman who's satisfied enough with her lot in life. This makes her a bit unrealistic but Cabot does save her from being too perfect, which would kill the character all together. At any rate, Heather is fun and funny and the kind of person with whom I would get along famously in real life.

As with the previous novel, Size 12 Is Not Fat, Heather stumbles her way into the midst of a mystery. Given that she aspires to a major in criminal justice, it's not entirely surprising. Still, Heather's no Nancy Drew. She's so inept at times that she bears more resemblance to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum and her ineptitude is used to great effect. Though Heather eventually triumphs, she hits many obstacles and makes many mistakes along the way--small wonder her roommate and would-be-love Cooper doesn't want to clue her in to his activities.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Hinton VINE VOICE on December 28, 2006
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After singlehandedly solving a rash of murders at New York College's Fischer Hall last year, this year assistant residence hall director Heather Wells is trying to start the year off slowly and with much less drama. That's easier said than done when, on her first day back on the job, a cheerleader's severed head is found in the cafeteria and no one knows what's become of her body. Heather tries valiantly to stay out of the investigation and mind her own business, but when the local police don't seem to be catching any leads, Heather uses her connections in the dorm to dig a little deeper and try to figure out who wanted one of the school's most popular girl's dead.

In the follow up to Size 12 Is Not Fat, heroine Heather Wells is still struggling with her weight, attempting to get things back to normal in the dorm (residence hall) she works in, and trying desperately not to fall too hard for her landlord/roommate/ex-potential-brother-in-law--unsuccessfully. The cast of characters who I fell in love with in the first book (including boy bander Jordan Cartwright, cafeteria worker Magda, and college student Gavin McGoren) are back this time and are funnier and more intriguing than ever. Also in this book Heather's ex-con father makes an appearance after getting out of prison, Heather decides to go back to school and get the BA she lied about on her resume, and Jordan FINALLY gets things together for his wedding.

Size 14 Is Not Fat Either is fun, escapist chick lit with a little mystery thrown in for kicks. If you enjoyed the first book, I'm sure you'll like this one, and I'm pretty sure you won't be too lost if you just jump right in with this one. The book also includes a first look at Cabot's next Heather Wells mystery, tentatively titled Big Boned, where Heather finally finds a man of her own.
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