Thursday, March 19, 2009
Review: Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot
Excerpt from back cover:
"Heather Wells rocks! Or, at least, she did. That was before she left the pop-idol life behind after she gained a dress isze 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 an equally ordinary and subtly sinister ways. So Heather makes the decision to take on yet another new career: as spunky girl detective!"
Lately I've been on a bit of a Meg Cabot kick... and really who could blame me? Her books are hilarious (laugh-out-loud funny sometimes... which can be embarrasing when reading in a room full of people). Heather Wells has to be one of the best heroines that I've encountered in awhile though. In a society where weight is definitely a talked about issue, a character like Heather (who acknowledges that size 12 is the average for American women) is loveable, attractive, and smart. To me, Cabot is sending the right message to women!
In regards to the plot, Size 12 Is Not Fat is addicting! Cabot keeps the reader guessing about who the murderer is well through the book (it just isn't much fun when you know whodunit right away!). There is a romantic plotline as well... one that I must admit I'm smitten with... There is just something about private detectives... :) I'll be sure to read the next two in the series!