Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Book 64 of '10 Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

Dust Jacket Description:

"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 . . ."

Characters: Heather is more than a little adorable. Cabot is such a popular chick lit writer because of her remarkable ability to grasp her protagonist's voice immediately, even if all her main characters' voices are similar. Heather is no exception. As always, the side characters steal the show and I can't help but love being pulled along for the ride. There's nothing exceptional here. Regardless, it's probably my favourite Cabot book. 4 flowers.

Writing:
Cabot always serves me a good, fluffy time. The dialogue is stronger than usual and the internal monologues are slightly less irritating in the cute factor. Strongest writing from Cabot I've seen. 4 flowers.

Plot:
It took me a chapter to figure out who the murderer was. Cabot doesn't get any points for plot twists, but it's still fun the natural progression of Heather's arch and seeing her solve the crime. 3 flowers.

End:
Predictable and fun. 4 flowers.

Dust Jacket Description:
In depth and perfect. 5 flowers.

Cover:
I want something cooler. This is fairly generic. 2 and a half flowers.

Overall:
This is most I've enjoyed a Cabot book, to be sure. If you're in desperate need of something fluffy with a strong voice, go for this one. 4 flowers.



1 comment:

  1. I love the Heather Wells series! It's probably my favorite of her adult books, although the Queen of Babble series is also pretty awesome. Total fluff but I love good fluff. : )

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