Size 12 is Not Fat
Author: Meg Cabot
Pages [paperback]: 345
Opening Lines: “Um, hello. Is anyone out there?” The girl in the dressing room next to mine has a voice like a chipmunk. “Hello?” Exactly like a chipmunk.
Memorable Quote: He keeps his thoughts to himself, but I have a pretty good idea that he isn’t, as I am, frantically trying to figure out what he’s going to wear. Guys have it so easy.
Favorite Characters: Heather & Cooper
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 .
I love Meg Cabot-if I had to choose a favorite author, I would probably pick her. Though the plot line-the mystery, in this case-isn’t overly unique and intriguing, the characters are fun, memorable, and really make the novel. Heather Wells is a quirky leading lady that makes the story enjoyable and because of her, I’m looking forward to reading other books in the series.
I knew nothing of elevator surfing before starting to read this, and now I’m fully determined to never experience it myself. Ick. It just reeks of stupidity.
Anyway, I’d recommend this for any Meg Cabot fan, anyone who enjoys a light and simple mystery, or someone who wants an enjoyable read. It’s a typical Meg Cabot book [not that there’s anything wrong with that].
Size 12 is Not Fat gets 4/5 stars. You should definitely check it out!
Warnings: Adult content, some language, violence [murder]