Review * Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

July 30, 2012 Reviews 12 ★★★★

Review * Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg CabotSize 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot by Meg Cabot
Series: Heather Wells #1
Published by William Morrow on December 27, 2005
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Mystery
Pages: 345
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Big Boned
Add to: Goodreads
Heather Wells Rocks!

Or, at least, she did. That was before she left the pop-idol life behind after she gained a dress size or two — and lost a boyfriend, a recording contract, and her life savings (when Mom took the money and ran off to Argentina). Now that the glamour and glory days of endless mall appearances are in the past, Heather's perfectly happy with her new size 12 shape (the average for the American woman!) and her new job as an assistant dorm director at one of New York's top colleges. That is, until the dead body of a female student from Heather's residence hall is discovered at the bottom of an elevator shaft.

The cops and the college president are ready to chalk the death off as an accident, the result of reckless youthful mischief. But Heather knows teenage girls . . . and girls do not elevator surf. Yet no one wants to listen — not the police, her colleagues, or the P.I. who owns the brownstone where she lives — even when more students start turning up dead in equally ordinary and subtly sinister ways. So Heather makes the decision to take on yet another new career: as spunky girl detective!

But her new job comes with few benefits, no cheering crowds, and lots of liabilities, some of them potentially fatal. And nothing ticks off a killer more than a portly ex-pop star who's sticking her nose where it doesn't belong . . .

What I Thought…

  • I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book!
  • Size 12 is Not Fat reminds me a lot of the Confessions of a Shopaholic series or the Deadly Cool series because it’s just a lot of fun.  Though Heather, Becky and Hartley are so totally different.
  • I want to be BFF’s with Heather.  She has her faults but she is fun and caring and fairly grounded for being a former pop star.  She did crazy things, all because she cared and was always willing to go that extra step.  I also really enjoyed how she worked out what happened (“girls just don’t elevator surf”) it sounds completely illogical, but right at the same time.  She is one of my new favorite characters.
  • Meg Cabot really made me feel like I was Heather.  I was fully engaged and I loved Heather’s thoughts regarding pretty much everything.  She was just a real pleasure.
  • Heather ex-boyfriend, Jordan, is still a pop star (of a boy band of course), and pretty much just how you would picture a pop star.  He’s arrogant and believes the world revolves around him.  And of course, everyone should just fall in line with what he wants.
  • Heather is living in the apartment above Jordan’s brother Cooper.  Whom of course she is attracted too, but he doesn’t notice her that way.  I adored Cooper.  He’s pretty well put together but has a little mystery to him too.  Plus he pretty much gave the finger to his family (Jordan, and their father, who runs the record company) because he didn’t want to be in the boy band (which was a wise choice).
  • I also really liked Heather’s friends, Magda and Patty, who are so completely different.  Magda is… unique and Patty, while normal, leads an extravagant lifestyle because of her husband.
  • While I do like romance in books, its always nice to read one that doesn’t have a romance (though Heather is totally crushing on Cooper).
  • I really enjoyed the mystery.  I figured it out about 2 pages before it was made known in the book so I was kept on my toes throughout most of the book.
  • I know that this is going to sound strange but I really liked that Heather doesn’t have gobs of money.  All too often the main characters always seem to have an unlimited supply of funds either because they are rich or because it’s just not ever really brought up.  I get why authors do that but it’s nice that you don’t see Heather doing anything and everything.

Overall if you are looking for a quick fun read, this book is for you!


12 Responses to “Review * Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot”

  1. fakesteph

    You’re so right about seeing characters with gobs of money. It always makes me want a life I can’t afford. I really want to read this one. I may borrow it from you. :)

  2. Jenny

    I need to read these some day. A mystery that you can’t figure out right away is always nice.

  3. Bittner

    This sounds really good, and I’m really glad that you liked it, but…no romance? How can that be?
    I’ve never read Meg Cabot but I’ve always meant to. Is there another one of hers that has a hot guy I can swoon over before I make my way over to this one?

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      Ok, Cooper is totally swoon worthy and there is tons of romantic tension, it’s just that no one acts on it. I should have been more specific in my review. Sorry. But you should totally read this book. It was funny, cute and mysterious.

  4. Kate@Midnight Book Girl

    I agree, Cooper is SWOON WORTHY, and there is some romance, and it’s part of a series (although I don’t know if there’s a planned 5th) but it’s not the type of series that leaves you hanging in between books. I’m so glad you read the book and loved it, Kim! I have most of her Boys series, and Queen of Babble series is fairly awesome too!