I had no intention of ever reading Size 12 Is Not Fat, even though I love Meg Cabot. My mind did not change until book four, Size 12 And Ready To Rock came unexpectedly in the mail and the general consensus among my friends who read the series is that it is great and worth reading. Of course, my peeps were right.
Bro, I need to venture outside of YA more often, because there were SO many elements that I love in Size 12 Is Not Fat: college, mysteries, washed up pop stars, and humor of course. So, Heather Wells is kind of a down on her luck former teen pop star. Yet, this luck changes when she is hired as an assistant resident director at New York College. The job is actually pretty great until girls in Fischer Hall start dying. Heather is suspicious that foul play is involved.
I pretty much loved every single character in this book. Heather could have been wicked annoying, you know like one of those people who is like ‘oh I hate them skinny bitches’ like in other books I’ve read with plus sized heroines which totally turns me off. I don’t like being made to feel bad because I’m a size 4. Anyways, instead, Heather is charming, has great taste in food, and shows solidarity with other women regardless of size. Plus, her instincts are dead on. And her friends are great too — like Magda who works in the cafeteria and has the most ridiculous nails, she is a hoot!
You all know how one of Meg Cabot’s trademarks is her ability to always bring some swooning — let’s just say the swoons were brought out full force in Size 12 Is Not Fat. See, Heather lives rent-free in exchange for doing Private Investigator Cooper Cartwright’s books/accounting. Heather wants to do more than his books. There are definitely sparks there. And even though it’s more like a crush – I could see some sizzle. Cooper isn’t a douchebag, but he genuinely cares about Heather, which is the kind of male I like to read about.
Plus? The mystery? I thought I had it solved, but I was TOTALLY wrong and honestly, I don’t mind that. I like not being able to guess the killer in the first 50 pages.
Look, it is pretty much summer, so if you aren’t sure what to throw in your beach bag or what to load on your kindle –Size 12 Is Not Fat is a great entertainment investment. Plus if you are a YA fan curious about adult books, this one isn’t too far out of the comfort zone.
Disclosure: Borrowed from the library.
Other reviews of Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot:
Fyrefly’s Book Blog – “I am of two minds about this book”
Write Meg! – “Campy, light, over-the-top and entertaining”
The Book Scoop – “This book makes me laugh”