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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.
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The book was humorous but predictable. Good summer beach read. Not so good I'd you are a serious reader.Published 14 days ago by Charli Haynes
I have always loved mystery novels and was excited to find a series written by my favorite author as a teen! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
First Meg Cabot I've read. Exactly what I hoped for in a summer read. Anticipation builds throughout as the mystery progresses.Published 1 month ago by snm1001
I love Meg Cabot books, and this series (and book) does not disappoint. It is s light-hearted, good mystery novel. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ashley
Heather Wells is exactly what you'd expect from the woman who brought us Princess Diaries. Pop-star turns form director Heather is the neurotic women in all of us. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Allie Sanders
Meg Cabot is a phenomenal writer, able to balance humor and mystery.Published 2 months ago by HMiller
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 3 months ago by sewcrazy