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Big Boned (Heather Wells #3)

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Life is reasonably rosy for plus-size ex-pop star turned Assistant Dormitory Director and sometime sleuth Heather Wells. Her freeloading ex-con dad is finally moving out. She still yearns for her hot landlord, Cooper Cartwright, but her relationship with "rebound beau," vigorous vegan math professor Tad Tocco, is more than satisfactory. Best of all, nobody has died lately ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Sara Lou
Jan 03, 2008 Sara Lou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit lovers, Meg Cabot fans
OH MY GOSH!!

I love Heather Wells (the main character). She is so relatable it's sometimes scary. Having been an avid fan of the Heather Wells character since I read the first page of 'Size 12 is not fat', I've avidly followed this series written by Meg Cabot.

I'm not usually a fan of chick lit, but the balance of humor, mystery, characters etc in these books makes them so much fun to read. Heather is a pop tween hit turned college worker just trying to make a living. Shes funny, in love with Coop
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Rebecca
Aug 10, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Meg Cabot books but some of her novels definitely go in the 'beach reads' pile. They're amusing but not particularly satisfying -- much like the junk food Heather Wells is always eating.

The concept for this series is cute: former teen pop sensation, Heather Wells, now broke and overweight, works in a NY college dorm as an administrator and solves the repeat murders that take place there. You have to look past the idea that NY detectives are so stupid they couldn't find their butts with tw
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Megs ♥
I really didn't like this book. After reading the first two books in the series I felt there was a nice buildup of the story and I really could relate to Heather (except the pop star part)...and then I open book 3 and at first see that they story is very short. I move past that and read on. Wow, talk about rushed ending. Everything happened so fast in regards to Heather's love life and even though it was pretty obvious she would end up that way it still felt so rushed.

Also, the mystery aspect w
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Cherice
Jun 02, 2008 Cherice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not know this was the third book in the series. Hopefully 1 and 2 were much better than this one, because I found it ridiculous. The main character Heather is so annoying. She has a boyfriend, a crush and Cooper who are all dying to be with her and all she does is complain about her size. The romance with the cafeteria lady and security guard was silly. The murder mystery, murderer, solving the mystery and ending of the book were all dumb. I will not be reading a book by Meg Cabot again.
Rita
Aug 12, 2010 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved
These are the first Meg Cabot books I've read and I really have enjoyed them. Yes, they're fluff. But her dialogue and characters are so genuine that it all seems so effortless. It's fizzy fluff with a zip. Effervescent fluff. If her writing were food, it would be that pop rock cotton candy, which honestly, we all need a little more of in our diet.
Kristi
Oct 26, 2008 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I was so excited to finally read this book! I’m a huge fan of the Heather Wells mysteries, and I couldn’t wait to see what one of my favorite heroines had in store for me this time. I must say that it was better than I expected

So, the last we’d heard from Heather, she had just met her remedial math teacher who turned out to be a hottie. Now, in Big Boned, remedial math teacher Tad is now Heather’s boyfriend! Which is totally forbidden, since it’s against the rules for teachers to date students.
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Keris
Dec 21, 2007 Keris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third novel in the Heather Wells series, following Size 12 is Not Fat and Size 14 is Not Fat Either. Personally, I think this might just be the best in the series, albeit a seemingly quicker read than the others. But truly? They're all brilliant. Heather, despite being a former pop princess, is a down-to-earth, funny character who's instantly lovable and easy to relate to. I'd advise you to read the other two books in the series first, although it's pretty easy to follow up and Meg's ...more
Mel
I rushed out into a snow storm yesterday to buy this book because I had just finished Size 14 is Not Fat Either and I just wasn't ready to part with quirky Heather Wells. I rarely laugh out loud at a book as hard I did when I read this series. So, naturally in a mood for more laughter, and hopefully a resolution to the Heather/Cooper love saga, I speed read through this third installment in the series.

Unfortunately, I felt this was the weakest book in the series. It still had me cracking a few
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Lighthearted
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Marilia Francezi
Ler Meg Cabot é sempre amor. E Heather Wells é sempre fantástica.
Andrea Guy
Big Boned is book 3 in the Heather Wells Mystery. This series is so funny. Heather is the administrative assistant in "Death Dorm" aka Fischer Hall.

Seriously, how many people can die in one dorm?

As Heather finds out, at least one more. This time it is her new boss, Owen and with a bullet to the head, at close range. Owen wasn't well liked and there are a lot of suspects one is a friend of her grad assistant Sarah, who is fighting with the President for rights for the student workers.

Another mu
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Dayna
Apr 10, 2015 Dayna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Heather Wells Mysteries, and this was yet another great little read to add to the series.

For the first time, I did actually work out the killer well in advance of Heather, so perhaps the mystery wasn’t as well crafted as the others, but I had such a great time reading the book and enjoying the characters that figuring it out early on didn’t particularly bother me.

I did think the events with hot landlord / detective were somewhat abrupt towards the end, but just a little nig
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Heather
Jun 30, 2016 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-read
I had ordered several books by Meg Cabot, and without paying attention to the order that they were written and published, I read this one first. This is actually the 3rd in the Heather Mills series, after Size 12 Is Not Fat and Size 14 Isn't Fat Either. I can say, though, that even not having read the first two books in this series I wasn't lost. I'm sure that knowing the characters in the book may have given the characters more depth, but it certainly wasn't necessary to understand the storylin ...more
Rachel
Jan 15, 2010 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Even though Big Boned is pretty much the same book as the first two books in the Heather Wells series (Size 12 Is Not Fat and Size 14 Is Not Fat Either), it's still a fun, fast read. Heather, a former teen pop star and now assistant residence hall director at the fictional New York College's Fischer Hall, tries to solve the dormitory's third (or maybe fourth, I've lost track) murder to occur in the year she's worked there, while at the same time figure out what to do about what seems to be a loo ...more
Kristan Kirkreit
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Kathryn
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Pam Meneses
May 09, 2015 Pam Meneses rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amid the serious and sob-inducing books i have been reading lately, this book is like coming up for fresh air. Our big-boned heroine, Heather Wells is funny, witty, spunky and as real as the next girl. This book actually had me alternately giggling and chuckling, and had me egging her on to go ahead and get that frap with extra-rich whipped cream and caramelized cherry crumble when I wasn't goading her to get her man, Cooper, already. Well, okay. ChickLit rocks.
Books
Jan 04, 2015 Books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2015
This book was really great. But I knew it would be because I’ve read one of Cabot’s books before and really enjoyed it. When I started reading Big Boned, I didn’t realize it’s the third book in this series, but I don’t feel I missed out on any history or character background. Thus I can safely say it can be read as a stand-alone. A little romance, a little murder mystery, and a lot of laughs make this a winner!
Jenn
Sep 18, 2011 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read Cabot's Princess and Airhead books. I also previewed the first Allie Finkle before passing it to my Little. I enjoyed them, so when I found this one at the used book store, I picked it up. I didn't realize it was the 3rd in a series. I hate that. I went ahead and decided to read it anyway. The story wasn't bad at all, but the writing in this one was just horrible. And *SPOILER* the heroine does the same classic dumbass move: "I know who the killer is! I'll go confront them. Alone. With ...more
Maïla Led
Sep 24, 2016 Maïla Led rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comme toujours, on retrouve avec plaisir la pétillante et attachante Heather Wells, ainsi que tout un tas d'autres personnages que l'on a apprécié dans les tomes précédents. Heather est donc à nouveau accompagnée de Cooper, Magda, Pete, Patty, son père, et bien d'autres personnages tels que Jordan ou Gavin. De nouveaux personnages sont aussi intégrés dans cette nouvelle aventure : Muffy, une employée de l'université, Owen, le nouveau patron de la résidence ainsi que Tad, le petit ami sportif et ...more
Madbethcash
Mar 22, 2016 Madbethcash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mmtimes4
Dec 15, 2014 Mmtimes4 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Life is reasonably rosy for plus-size ex-pop star turned Assistant Dormitory Director and sometime sleuth Heather Wells. Her freeloading ex-con dad is finally moving out. She still yearns for her hot landlord, Cooper Cartwright, but her relationship with "rebound beau," vigorous vegan math professor Tad Tocco, is more than satisfactory. Best of all, nobody has died lately in "Death Dorm," the aptly nicknamed student residence that Heather assistant-directs. Of course every silver lining ultimate ...more
Brandie
I love these books by Meg Cabot.

Former teen pop star, turned assistant residence hall director stumbles upon a dead body. Again.

This probably shouldn't be a surprise as the the residence hall she works in has been nicknamed Death Dorm.

Heather, who has finally found love in her math teaching assistant Tad, comes to work only to find that her boss has been murdered. Of course, she also has feelings for Cooper - her ex-boyfriend's brother. And in the mix of all this, unions on campus are threateni
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Kathleen
Jun 12, 2016 Kathleen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, chick-lit
DNF - Pretty disappointed. I usually like Meg Cabot's adult fiction, and her HRs (writing as Patricia Cabot) are what got me hooked on the genre - see Educating Caroline.

I listened to the first two Heather Wells books as audiobooks borrowed from my local library. Typically, I get so into a book that I end up having to check out the hard copy, too, because I can't wait to continue reading when I get home. That didn't happen with these. I was perfectly content to wait until my next car trip.

The b
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cindy
Feb 06, 2015 cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dibandingkan buku sebelumnya, buku ini jauh lebih tipis, hanya sekitar 3/4nya saja, tapi jalinan misterinya jauh lebih kusukai, lebih berbelit, banyak pancingan ke sana sini, dan setelah satu kasus terungkap, ternyata masih ada lanjutannya, lagi dan lagi, dan kemudian ternyata pembunuhnya *ttiiitt* cuman demi *tiiit* dan *tiiit* #sinyalputussambung. Wow, gak nyangka.....

Endingnya juga lebih seru. Cooper jatuh gelundungan dari tangga 2 lantai, dan Heather yang masih saja usil mencari tahu hal-ha
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Summer
I was a little disappointed with the ending as I wanted a bit more in the romance department. I pretty much knew how it was going to play out but it seemed like it just sorta happened way too fast. I wanted a little more build up. But hey, it was still a really cute series and I enjoyed it a lot. I just hope Meg Cabot will continue writing more adult series. Her YA titles are always cute and enjoyable, but it's nice to read about more adult characters with her sense of humor too.
Lona Yulianni
Back again to Heather Wells' life as assistant dorm director of Fischer Hall at New York College and now she has a boyfriend! Tapi Heather tidak ingin mengumbar kisah asmaranya, mengingat kekasihnya adalah dosen matematika perbaikannya sendiri. Situasi di Fischer Hall yang dijuluki Asrama (maksud saya, gedung tinggal) Kematian ini cukup kondusif, hanya saja ada demo-demo dari serikat pekerja asrama-asrama di New York College yang menuntut hak-hak mereka. Terlebih lagi, Sarah, mahasiswa pekerja y ...more
Lindsay
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Lisa
Sep 12, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually quite cute. Not that you have to read all three but this one pulls everything all together. Heather Wells; prior pop singer takes on a job as a dorm director. AKA death dorm, but she manages in her hack job way of finding the real killer. Liked the way it ends! Not going to say anymore cause I don't want to give it up.
Kari
May 23, 2016 Kari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Even though this series is cheesy and unlikely I have to admit I'm kind of hooked. My life is super busy right now so it's nice reading a simple, funny and fast paced book.
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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun
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Heather Wells (5 books)
  • Size 12 Is Not Fat (Heather Wells, #1)
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