Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot


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 . . .

I was beginning to worry that I was losing interest in Meg Cabot’s stories. I haven’t read and enjoyed any of her books since Avalon High. This story was nothing I expected. After the Stephanie Plum series, anything remotely close to the series makes me skeptical. However, Heather Wells holds her own. Size 12 is NOT Fat is equal parts romance, comedy, and drama; with a big serving of mystery to bind everything together making it a well balanced read.


wdebo said...

Yeah! A great review for a great book!

Jeff Reid said...

Since you do a lot of book2movie stuff, you might want to try posting a "fantasy cast" for this work at storycasting.com (the premier fantasy casting website). Here's the link: http://www.storycasting.com/work.aspx?id=658beb36-0e4e-4386-9328-0862d2f6287a

Tiqa Khairi said...

I love this book! Meg Cabot writes the best book.