Book Review: Size 12 Is Not Fat

Size 12 Is Not Fat (Heather Wells, #1)Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Size 12 Is Not Fat is the first book in the Heather Wells mystery series. Heather Wells is a former teen popstar. Her record label fired her when she decided she wanted to write her own songs and her mother ran off with her manager and her money. She's started a new job as the assistant director of a residence hall at New York College and plans to go back to school as well. When two girls who live in the residence hall are killed, the police chalk it up to elevator surfing accidents. Heather suspects foul play and since no one will listen, she takes it upon herself to investigate.

Luckily, I've already read the third book in this series so I know it gets better than this first book. Heather is a sweet, charming character but the mystery storyline in this book is pretty ridiculous. There's no way that police would not do more of an investigation on why/how these girls died. Even Heather's private investigator landlord refuses to acknowledge that foul play may have been involved – I don't think so.

I listened to the audio version of this book. The narrator did a good job and it was fun to listen to. However, every time Heather thinks or says "dorm" she corrects herself and says, "I mean, residence hall." That got REALLY grating after a while. That's not the narrator's fault of course but I wonder if it would have been as annoying in print. And who cares whether you call it a dorm or residence hall?

If you read this book and are not impressed, I recommend sticking with the series anyway – it'll get better!

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