Monday, May 7, 2018

Size 12 Is Not Fat - Meg Cabot

Title: Size 12 Is Not Fat
Author: Meg Cabot 
Format: Paperback
Rating: 3 Stars

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 picked this book up on a whim from the library, and while I did rate it only 3 stars, I enjoyed it for the most part. 

I enjoyed Heather's positive attitude even though she had some pretty crappy stuff happen to her - her mom stole all her money and she got dropped by her record label, apparently for gaining too much weight.  I like that Heather is so friendly to people, and so outgoing.  

I appreciate that the heroine of this book is not your typical skinny lady - however it seemed a bit redundant that it was mentioned so many times throughout the novel that "size 12 is not fat."  Okay, okay, great - we get it.  Now move on to the mystery.

The mystery wasn't really much of a mystery - it was pretty predictable.  I figured out who the culprit was almost right away.  It was interesting to find out why the culprit committed those murders though.

Another thing that irked me a little was how often Heather brought up her crush on Cooper.  Every single time he would talk to her or look at her, she would lament the fact that they were not together, and mention that she was so in love with him (even though she just broke up with her boyfriend - Cooper's brother Jordan - four months prior).  Every time he spoke to her, Heather would assume that he was about profess his attraction for her.  Every.  Single. Time.  I mean, I understand crushes can be weird and confusing.  But, even people who have a crush on another person can have conversations with the object of their crush without assuming said person will confess their love in every conversation.

There were some cute, funny moments throughout the book that made it a little more enjoyable.  The talent show was funny - especially when Heather had to sit there watching some college kid sing Heather's hit song "Sugar Rush."

I don't know that I would read this again, but it was a good light read for the weekend.


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