Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. Bag the tiara and get out the gun: . I bought Meg Cabot's "Size 12 is Not Fat" yesterday and only put it down for absolute necessities, like Fritos and that mini-butterfinger I'd been . 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. About Meg Cabot s Heather Wells Mysteries series. Read excerpts and learn more about the #1: Size 12 Is Not Fat. In Stores Now. #2: Size 14 Is Not Fat.
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Author: Cabot Meg Size 12 Is Not Fat: A Heather Wells Mystery. Read more Size 14 Is Not Fat Either (Heather Wells Mysteries) · Read more. A Heather Wells Mystery. 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). That is, until the dead body of a female student. But ordinarily, I have not just been called fat by my favorite Barista Boy. thanks to all of the holiday parties I attended, I can't fit into my size 12 stretch cords.
Is anyone out there? I hear a sales clerk come over, his key chain clinking musically. Can I help you? Is it just me, or was that really existential? Negative something, right? But these zeros are completely baggy on me. Which is weird.
The idea that the title gave me and the actually content of the book didn't mesh at all. I wasn't disappointed by what I got, it was just different. In my opinion, the plot lines of the Heather Wells Mystery books aren't all that riveting.
But Meg Cabot knows exactly what she's doing with her charact Meg Cabot has a fan base like no other, and it's really no wonder. But Meg Cabot knows exactly what she's doing with her characters. To me, the plot comes in second to the character development. Her mystery-solving doesn't really interest me at all, but SHE does.
I keep coming back for more Heather Wells, and each time I just sort of giggle to myself over the plot, but by the end of each book I'm more in love with the characters than I have ever been before. View all 3 comments. Dec 22, Marije rated it did not like it Shelves: Okay, let me summarize this book style-spoiler, but I won't give away anything you couldn't guess after reading the back cover: So I'm totally not fat or self-obsessed.
I work in a dorm - I mean, residence hall. My boss is pretty and ambitious and thin, so she's a bitch. I used to be a teen-star but now I want to be a pre-med student even though I obviously have no clue what a medical profession would be like, only beca Okay, let me summarize this book style-spoiler, but I won't give away anything you couldn't guess after reading the back cover: I used to be a teen-star but now I want to be a pre-med student even though I obviously have no clue what a medical profession would be like, only because the man I'm in love with likes smart women.
I think the two girls who fell down the elevator shaft of de dorm - I mean, residence hall - are murdered because, you know, girls don't elevator surf. But mostly I think about Cooper who is - Oh my god - hot and muscular and obsess about what he thinks of me and also about my size which is not fat, which I have to tell the reader over and over. Totally not a marketing trick. But, um, you know, I have to find out who murdered these girls because the police won't listen to me. Well, okay, maybe they will, but still I have to risk my life to be saved by Cooper.
That is why I finished this book. It is really my own fault, because this book never pretended to be anything better than it is.
It even has the words 'spunky girl detective! So, if that appeals to you, and you don't mind endless repetition of the same 'jokes': Aug 09, Lianne rated it it was ok Shelves: I thought this was pretty typical chick lit, albeit of the mystery variety. It was light, entertaining and didn't require much thinking, which is why I chose it, so no complaints there.
I was, however, annoyed by the heroine, Heather Wells, on more than one occasion. Although she saved the day at the end of course , I found her to be often whiny and passive about everything but solving the mystery. The writing style bothered me sometimes, too - the "size 12 is NOT fat" tagline was used over and I thought this was pretty typical chick lit, albeit of the mystery variety.
The writing style bothered me sometimes, too - the "size 12 is NOT fat" tagline was used over and over again, and the "dorm, I mean residence hall" line made me want to tear my hair out by the end. I'm on the fence about reading the next one in the series. We'll see! View all 4 comments. Jul 09, Chelsea chelseadolling reads rated it really liked it Shelves: Yet another re-read! I'm a re-reading machine this month. Also, Meg Cabot is love Meg Cabot is life.
I would read her grocery lists and love them. Jan 30, Sara sarawithoutanH rated it really liked it Shelves: Okay, so I don't think everyone would enjoy this book. It's the epitome of chick lit.
I like to think of it as Veronica Mars meets Bridget Jones. Our main character is very chatty and the writing style is conversational. The jokes are very repetitive and the mystery is easy to figure out but I had a fun time reading this.
I'm sure I enjoyed this mostly because it's a book I read in high school and it made me feel very nostalgic. View 2 comments. Mar 08, Rachel Reads Ravenously rated it liked it Shelves: A cute mystery book about a former pop star who becomes the assistant resident advisor to a dormitory excuse me, residence hall. When her residents turn up dead in bizarre elevator accidents, she takes it upon herself to investigate when the police don't.
Has the Meg Cabot flair we all loved. Great beach read. Definitely want to see more of Cooper in the other books. May 23, Elizabeth marked it as not-interested Shelves: I read the first two chapters and realised this was a book that would constantly hit me over the head with the pitiful woes of a 28 year-old woman who peaked early and is desperately trying to persuade herself into thinking she's okay with that. I guess the title should have been warning enough. You don't have to convince me that a size 12 isn't fat, Heather [Meg] - maybe check in with yourself.
This is a cute chick-lit book with a side of mystery. Heather is a former pop singer who caught her fiance with another woman and whose mom ran off with her small fortune. She's now working as an assistant director at a residence hall at a college and is doing her best to leave her past behind her. I really enjoyed the fact that this girl isn't a whiner like so many chick lit princesses and is getting on with her life on her own terms. She's no longer a skinny young pop star and is living in a r This is a cute chick-lit book with a side of mystery.
She's no longer a skinny young pop star and is living in a rented brownstone owned by her former fiance's gorgeous brother who dates size 2's and whom she has a hopeless crush on. When two female students die under mysterious circumstances in an elevator shaft, Heather is frustrated at the lack of the police action and takes matters into her own hands and starts snooping around putting her life in jeopardy as well.
This book is very much a fluff filled confection with a little side of mystery thrown in but the likable heroine makes it easy to turn the pages and I'll probably read the second book in the series if it falls into my hands. View all 6 comments. May 14, Leila rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Size 12 Women. And, honestly, what red-blooded American woman wouldn't be drawn in by the title of this book?
So there. The mystery side of the story is compelling--and a little hard to figure out, I must admit. Heather's love for Cooper is sort of over-the-top given she just broke up with his brother four months ago! But I enjoyed Heather's spunkiness, and am willing to forgive some of the repetitiveness of certain points: And Mochas. And think Cooper is hot.
And you love your dog. I have recommended this book to many people, though, so I must have gotten something out of it. Jun 18, K. Trigger warnings: I'd never read anything by Meg Cabot before, but I've been intrigued by this for a while now. And it was I liked Heather as a character. All of that was great. That said, I could have done without all the insipid song lyrics at the start of each chapter.
I could have do Trigger warnings: I could have done without every second character pointing out Heather's weight when, like, a size 12 honestly IS. Still not fat, yo.
Am I interested enough to keep reading? But, like, when I finish pretty much everything on my TBR. Aug 04, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was ok Shelves: The music industry is really ruthless if this book is anything to go by, if they judge people for being overweight rather than the quality of their singing.
Oh, humanity. Nov 03, Liisa rated it liked it Shelves: If you're looking for a hardcore, edge-of-your-seat thriller, this isn't the book for you.
However if you are looking for an entertaining read with a hint of mystery, I recommend "Size 12 is Not Fat" by Meg Cabot. The downside to "Size 12 is Not Fat" is that it took considerable time to get into the story and I did guess the culprit very early on however the positives include very likeable characters and an amusing and entertaining read.
I liked it enough to decide to read the next in the series, If you're looking for a hardcore, edge-of-your-seat thriller, this isn't the book for you. I liked it enough to decide to read the next in the series, "Size 14 is Not Fat Either".
Dec 31, Kathi rated it did not like it Shelves: This book was one of the worst mysteries that I have ever read. I hate when mysteries make everyone else in the story so dumb that only the main character realizes that it was murder.
Sorry, but any death in a residence hall is going to be given a full investigation, and if a second happens, it certainly won't be shrugged off. I also found the main character, Heather to be whiny and very unsure of her self. While reading, I had to keep reminding myself that she was 28 since her action and thought This book was one of the worst mysteries that I have ever read.
While reading, I had to keep reminding myself that she was 28 since her action and thoughts seemed more to me like those of a much younger person. The only thing I have to say good about it is that it was a quick read at least.
Sep 17, Lynn Aoude added it Shelves: I'm not even going to dignify this book by a rating. It was one of the worst books I've ever read and I couldn't even finish it. Heather's character is a complete "airhead blonde". She tries to play at being detective. But oh boy!! I felt the need to strangle her throughout the whole portion of the book that I've actually managed to read. Her character is so one dimensional that it's bordering on pathetic.
And oh my God!!! What's with all the ramblings. I found myself skimming through passages a I'm not even going to dignify this book by a rating. I found myself skimming through passages and passages that are only expressing her thoughts just so I don't shoot myself.
Aside from that, on the romantic side, even though she's in her late twenties, she acts like a fifteen year old with a first crush what with all her obsession with Cooper, her ex-fiance's brother. As for the plot, needless to say that it's not the most original or the most exciting story out there.
View 1 comment. One of the commenters on my updates nailed it perfectly for why I really didn't care for this book. The character of Heather is not likable really in this one for me. We find out that the main reason she decides to take the job she does is to go to school for free to get a degree to make her more appealing to a man.
And she's trying to prove how smart and capable she is to get this same man to fall in love with her like she is with him this is her ex's brother. We also don't find out much ab One of the commenters on my updates nailed it perfectly for why I really didn't care for this book. We also don't find out much about her backstory and instead choose to focus on her crush on her ex's brother and her justifying everything that she eats by saying size 12 is not fat.
I mean that line must have been said almost times during the course of this book. I now recall why I could not get through this book the first time my friend gave this to me as a gift.
The book does not do a good job of developing secondary characters besides Cooper her ex's brother and P. And I have to say that Heather drove me nuts because her investigation skills were hilariously bad. Heather is an ex-teen singing sensation who is now broke living with Cooper her ex's brother and working as an assistant dorm director at a college in New York. We find out slowly seriously that Heather is broke because her mom ran off with her money, that her label dropped her when she insisted on singing her own songs, and that her ex fiancee who is currently part of a boy band or former boy band I could not keep that one straight is still trying to force a continuation of their relationship.
Between this and the murder mystery aspect it was just too much for the first book in the series. The writing got old quick. Heather's constant comments about being a size 12 is not fat was headache inducing after a while. That and her describing Cooper, his leather jacket, what someone else looked like and her thinking if they were either too thin or her size. Apparently size 10s don't exist in this world or size 8s either. You are either a size 0, too skinny, or The flow of the book was terrible.
We either have Heather investigating quotes obsessing about Cooper, obsessing about her ex, obsessing about her size, or trying to hide from her past in this one. The setting of New York actually worked in this one very well. I got a good sense of where Heather lived and the dorm. The ending was a bit of a mess actually.
The reveal behind who dun it was all kinds of gross, and honestly I was thinking it may be this person due to process of elimination anyway. I read this for the Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season: Task the Fourth: The Gift Card. May 01, Summer rated it liked it Shelves: I thought Size 12 Is Not Fat was pretty cute. It had lot of the usual humor you expect from a Meg Cabot book. Size 12 is about former teen pop star, Heather Wells, several years after her fame has gone away.
Years ago her mother ran off with her money and her agent to another country. On top of that she found her fellow pop star boyfriend cheating on her. Since then she's had to find her own way in the world since her life as a teen star is over. She's decided to make something of her life and by chance gets a job working as an assistant for a residence hall at a college. When suddenly several girls are found dead in the elevator shaft, everyone thinks it was just a tragic case of elevator surfing.
But Heather knows that girls do not elevator surf and takes up upon herself to find out what's really going on. I expected Size 12 to just be some fun, light fluff and that's exactly what it was. It's part chick-lit part light mystery. The only real complaint I had about it was when the big confrontation with the murderer happened it was like pages of the killer having their big monologue about why they did it and why they now have to kill Heather that I thought was kinda ridiculous.
But it's just a minor complaint, and definitely look forward to the next in the series. Meg Cabot fans. It held my attention to the point where I did want to find out who the killer was, but it was annoying as hell. My main issue was it felt like a YA novel and it's not supposed to be.
The title Size 12 is Not Fat , the constant correction of 'dorm' to 'residence hall' Heather Wells, the narrator, corrects herself AND everyone around her , and the fact she It held my attention to the point where I did want to find out who the killer was, but it was annoying as hell.
The title Size 12 is Not Fat , the constant correction of 'dorm' to 'residence hall' Heather Wells, the narrator, corrects herself AND everyone around her , and the fact she is "too lazy" to shower so she always has to have a bath IMO baths take way more time and effort then showers. I liked that there was a twist, but I disliked where that twist ended up going.
I'd elaborate more but it leads to a major spoiler. It's not that crushes can't hit you hard in your mids Every time her crush says something to her, she bemoans the fact that he's not confessing his deep-seeded love for her and it's pretty clear that he just considers her a friend. It's not horrible, but it would have been a lot better had there been FAR less pop culture references, gotten rid of a lot of the crush dialogue, and about pages shorter.
I'll probably still read Meg Cabot , but not this series. Oct 06, Marianne rated it it was ok. This book deserved 2. I liked it ok, but not much more than that.
The character was cute but a lot of the writing was very simple. I got really tired of the author using the same expressions all the time "haven't I seen you before?
The storyline is cute and there is a little romance thrown in so it was a great read after a heavier memoir. Total fluff but a fun read nonethel This book deserved 2. Total fluff but a fun read nonetheless. Oct 09, Laure rated it it was ok Shelves: Sigh, I wish I could say better things about this book, but I feel I nearly wasted the few hours it took me to read it. And what about that silly murder inquiry? Implausible from the start. I suppose the redeeming feature was to be the 'fun' and funny?
Well not for me. Actually Heather managed to get o Sigh, I wish I could say better things about this book, but I feel I nearly wasted the few hours it took me to read it. Actually Heather managed to get on my nerves quite a few times.
I will not be reading number 2 in the series. Jun 20, Eshusdaughter rated it it was ok Shelves: I had high hopes for this book.
Maybe that's the problem. If I'd gone in expecting it to suck, I'd have been mildly pleased that it wasn't a complete waste of paper. Instead I went in expecting the kick-butt characters, fast pace and intriguing story that have characterized several of Cabot's other series. Sadly the first Heather Wells mystery falls far short on all three. Heather is a year-old washed-up teen pop-star who use to fill malls with screaming pre-teens and now is assitant director I had high hopes for this book.
Heather is a year-old washed-up teen pop-star who use to fill malls with screaming pre-teens and now is assitant director at a college dorm. Girls start ending up dead in Heather's dorm and she just knows it's murder and won't rest until she finds the killer.
There are so many bad things about this book. Let's revert to bullet form so they go faster, shall we? She was a popular star at She keeps going on about how all she ever was is a teen-pop star. She's called a one-hit wonder at one point in the book. And yet, according to her age she'd have had a year music career and just gave it up a couple months prior to the novel's start.
And in that time she released several records. Things just don't jive at all. Does anyone obsess over food that much? There's something about food and snacks on almost every page!
The worst is when Heather is in a situation where she knows she's about to die any second and suddenly she's thinking how good a can of pringles sounds.
It comes up almost a much as the food thing. It would have been better as a single line and a running, subtle theme. And, worse, starts telling blonde jokes. Villian is about to bash in a head and is telling a blonde joke. It's very, very left field, trust me. On the other hand, Heather herself is problematic for me.
While she has a lot of inner strength, she happily permits everyone to pile on extra work and responsibility. Too often she seems like a doormat and I would prefer her to show a healthy dose of selfishness once in a while. On the other hand, at one point Heather is utterly helpless, yet I liked the way she used the very small amount of power she had to try and turn the tables. Two men are attracted to her in the course of the novel, and while the reader understands this perfectly well, Heather remains blissfully ignorant of it far longer than any perceptive person could.
All in all there is not much romance in this novel, it is straight mystery. That may change with the next installment, if one may trust the teaser at the back of this book. As a mystery, it is not bad at all but not entirely successful either. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Book Details Reviewer: Rike Horstmann Review Date: May 3, Publication Date: Chick Lit Review Tags: A Pandora's Box.