Size 12 Is Not Fat: A Heather Wells Mystery

Paperback | December 27, 2005

byMeg Cabot

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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 . . .

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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, Heathe...

Meg Cabot's many series and books for both adults and tweens/teens have included multiple #1 New York Times bestsellers and have sold over fifteen million copies worldwide. Her Princess Diaries series has been published in more than thirty-eight countries and was made into two hit films by Disney. Meg also wrote the New York Times best...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:December 27, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060525118

ISBN - 13:9780060525118

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! !!! This is one of the best romantic mysteries that I have ever read. If you like Meg Cabot read this book.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast, fun read! Heather is a former teen pop star, but things went bad and she had to find a real job. She is now 28 and working at a dorm – oops, residence hall - at New York College. When a girl turns up dead at the bottom of the elevator shaft in the dorm, the police rule it an accident from elevator surfing. Heather thinks otherwise and sets out to find out what really happened to that girl. I really liked this. It's a chick-lit/cozy mystery mix. I felt like I could identify with Heather (not the former teen pop star part!), and I really liked her. If I didn't have other books I'd already planned to read right now, I'd love to just dive into Size 14 is Not Fat, Either. Found the author's note at the end very interesting – to see how much was taken from her own life. It's written in a simple writing style, but it's chick lit. It was a fast, really fun read for me!
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun A nice, fun quick read
Date published: 2013-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! Heather Wells is a washed up mall pop-star working at a dorm at NYU. Everyone who meets her is shocked at how much bigger she is in real life. It is a light fun murder mystery. Perfect to curl up with for an afternoon. I really liked it.
Date published: 2007-11-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh... I don't know what I was expecting from this book...this wasn't a good read at all. Quite boring, Meg Cabot should stick to writing books for teens.
Date published: 2007-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Thoughtless Read I did like this book. It is a funny, light read. It took until about the middle of the book to fully get into it but otherwise I did enjoy it. I would read the next books.
Date published: 2006-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good Mystery This was a perfect afternoon read, and unlike many mysteries, wasn't too predictable, at least for me. The characters were well written, and easy to sympathize with.
Date published: 2006-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing I think Meg Cabot really missed the mark with this book. The majority of woman are a size 12 or above and this was a golden chance to tap into the frustrations and pressures these women feel at the hands of an image obbessed society. The murder mystery plot line seemed silly as was the whole pop star angle. This book didn't not live up to it's captivating title.
Date published: 2006-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for the first I think this book was excellent considering it was Meg Cabot's first mystery book. I won't give the book away because, that would suck considering it's a mystery. The ending was a surprise which is good and Heather is an interesting heroine through the whole story. Though there are some characters I hated, like Heather's ex-boyfriend for example, they don't show up very often and you ARE suppose to hate him. Heather is a believable character, who makes mistakes and regrets them later. In all, this is a great pick. I can most definitely say I can't wait till the next in the series comes out.
Date published: 2006-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from so far so good i whent on meg cabot . com and read an excert from the book and soo far it seems great and this was only from like 2 pages!!! i have to read this book when it comes out!!!
Date published: 2005-10-15

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Meg Cabot is one of the most colourful writers on the market right now. In her latest mystery novel Size 12 is not fat, Meg takes three very unlikely subjects: pop stars, dorm directors, and detectives, and blends them into one very intriguing book . Laugh-out-loud funny, it should be read while eating a chocolate bar.