Size 12 Is Not Fat (Heather Wells, #1)
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Size 12 Is Not Fat (Heather Wells Mysteries #1)

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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 1...more
Paperback, 345 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Krystal
Meg Cabot has a fan base like no other, and it's really no wonder. All of her books are incredibly enjoyable so long as you're into chick lit and light reads.

Don't let the title of this one fool you. The idea that the title gave me and the actually content of the book didn't mesh at all. I wasn't disappointed by what I got, it was just different.

In my opinion, the plot lines of the Heather Wells Mystery books aren't all that riveting. But Meg Cabot knows exactly what she's doing with her charact...more
Lianne
I thought this was pretty typical chick lit, albeit of the mystery variety. It was light, entertaining and didn't require much thinking, which is why I chose it, so no complaints there. I was, however, annoyed by the heroine, Heather Wells, on more than one occasion. Although she saved the day at the end (of course), I found her to be often whiny and passive about everything but solving the mystery. The writing style bothered me sometimes, too - the "size 12 is NOT fat" tagline was used over and...more
Barks & Bites
This is a cute chick-lit book with a side of mystery. Heather is a former pop singer who caught her fiance with another woman and whose mom ran off with her small fortune. She's now working as an assistant director at a residence hall at a college and is doing her best to leave her past behind her. I really enjoyed the fact that this girl isn't a whiner like so many chick lit princesses and is getting on with her life on her own terms. She's no longer a skinny young pop star and is living in a r...more
Leila
May 29, 2008 Leila rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Size 12 Women
I decided I wanted to see how Meg Cabot writes for adults, since I like the Princess Diaries so much. And, honestly, what red-blooded American woman wouldn't be drawn in by the title of this book? Size 12 is indeed NOT FAT. So there.

The mystery side of the story is compelling--and a little hard to figure out, I must admit. Heather's love for Cooper is sort of over-the-top (given she just broke up with his brother four months ago!)--and icky. But I enjoyed Heather's spunkiness, and am willing to...more
Liisa
If you're looking for a hardcore, edge-of-your-seat thriller, this isn't the book for you. However if you are looking for an entertaining read with a hint of mystery, I recommend "Size 12 is Not Fat" by Meg Cabot.

The downside to "Size 12 is Not Fat" is that it took considerable time to get into the story and I did guess the culprit very early on however the positives include very likeable characters and an amusing and entertaining read.

I liked it enough to decide to read the next in the series,...more
LiteraryLover
I thought Size 12 Is Not Fat was pretty cute. It had lot of the usual humor you expect from a Meg Cabot book. Size 12 is about former teen pop star, Heather Wells, several years after her fame has gone away. Years ago her mother ran off with her money and her agent to another country. On top of that she found her fellow pop star boyfriend cheating on her. Since then she's had to find her own way in the world since her life as a teen star is over. She's decided to make something of her life and b...more
Kathi
This book was one of the worst mysteries that I have ever read. I hate when mysteries make everyone else in the story so dumb that only the main character realizes that it was murder. Sorry, but any death in a residence hall is going to be given a full investigation, and if a second happens, it certainly won't be shrugged off.

I also found the main character, Heather to be whiny and very unsure of her self. While reading, I had to keep reminding myself that she was 28 since her action and thought...more
Marianne
This book deserved 2.5 stars really. I liked it ok, but not much more than that. The character was cute but a lot of the writing was very simple. I got really tired of the author using the same expressions all the time ( "haven't I seen you before?" and "I know because I read it in a People magazine") I got so tired of them that I almost stopped reading. The storyline is cute and there is a little romance thrown in so it was a great read after a heavier memoir.

Total fluff but a fun read nonethel...more
Marije

Okay, let me summarize this book (style-spoiler, but I won't give away anything you couldn't guess after reading the back cover):

"I'm a size 12, which is, you know, the size of the average American woman. So I'm totally not fat or self-obsessed. I work in a dorm - I mean, residence hall. My boss is pretty and ambitious and thin, so she's a bitch. I used to be a teen-star but now I want to be a pre-med student even though I obviously have no clue what a medical profession would be like, only beca...more
Nicole
In typical Meg Cabot form, the first book in a new series introduces us to an imperfect heroine who, by the end of the book with realize her true potential and strive to make herself happy with herself/her faults and then attractive to the guy she never thought possible.

I like Heather Wells and I'm not afraid to say it. Her experience as a pre-Britney, pre-Miley tween queen has brought her to New York University, working part time as a dorm, I mean residence hall, assistant.

The whole dorm, I mea...more
Lynn Aoude
I'm not even going to dignify this book by a rating. It was one of the worst books I've ever read and I couldn't even finish it. Heather's character is a complete "airhead blonde". She tries to play at being detective. But oh boy!! I felt the need to strangle her throughout the whole portion of the book that I've actually managed to read. Her character is so one dimensional that it's bordering on pathetic. And oh my God!!! What's with all the ramblings. I found myself skimming through passages a...more
Shannon
Nov 13, 2011 Shannon rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Meg Cabot fans
It held my attention to the point where I did want to find out who the killer was, but it was annoying as hell. My main issue was it felt like a YA novel (and it's not supposed to be).

-Pop culture references crammed into every possible space and most of the time completely irrelevant.

-Frequent phrases being thrown around. The title (Size 12 is Not Fat), the constant correction of 'dorm' to 'residence hall' (Heather Wells, the narrator, corrects herself AND everyone around her), and the fact she...more
Beth
I like Meg Cabot. Really, I do. Her Princess Diaries books are a huge guilty pleasure for me. Always. And I was ready to love Heather Wells in the same way. I was really into the huge "love your body!" theme that ran throughout, the writing was cute and sparky and some of the secondary characters were interesting. Cooper and Heather suffered from being too much like Mia and Michael (Princess Diaries reference), and just about any other will-they-won't-they in the history of chicklit. We have to...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Cozy Mystery, Chik Lit
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

I don't normally consider reading Chik Lit when sorting through what books I want to read next. However, I really like Meg Cabot as an author, and I decided to check out the Heather Mills Mysteries series. Now, I am stuck like chuck and needing the next book immediately, if not sooner! I needed a little laugh in my life as well as a platform to expound my hatred for ex's who just won't go the hell away and expect you to bend over backwards a...more
Christina
Originally read for the Pick-A-Shelf book club ^^ October is mystery.

I thought this book started off ridiculously boring. Not to mention the author clearly loved her em dashes and used them in just about every second sentence. I love my side thoughts as much as the next person, but to be interrupted that many times as she trails off on yet another tangent? Offputting.

Eventually, the book settles and the em dashes disappear. Right around the time of the first murder. Which is when the book reall...more
Sassafrass
This was cute. Heather was quirky. Cooper a bit of mystery. I can't wait to see how this series unfold! And I totally agree that size twelve is not fat! LOL
Mery
Siapa sih yang gak kenal Meg Cabot? dengan cara nulisnya yang unik, blak-blakan, Meg Cabot jadi salah satu penulis wanita kesayangan para wanita ;D
Yah begitulah, bahkan aku pun sudah jatuh cinta dengan karyanya... Mediator series.


Size 12 is not fat, judulnya aja udah kocak. Awalnya kupikir bukunya bakal bercerita mengenai cewek yang mengeluh mulu ama kegemukan badan. *wadezig* kayak ga ada kerjaan aja... ;D
Gemuk itu kan seksi, gemuk itu sehat. bahkan aku pengen banget pacarku ngegemukkin badanny...more
bookczuk
Well, it's not!!!

Synopsis

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...more
Nicola
This one didn't really impress me that much. It definitely wasn't awful or anything but it just wasn't that entertaining. I expected it to be a light, fun read but it felt more like a chore by the end.

I didn't like Heather which is probably my main reason for not liking the book much. She was just annoying and really, really repetitive. Some of her remarks would have been interesting/witty if she hadn't repeated them several times throughout the book. The story itself was okay. I liked that it...more
Wallace
I was at the book store, the other day, buying a gift for a friend when I came across Meg Cabot's book, Size 12 is Not Fat. Did I need this book? No. Did I want to take that title to the cash register for the clerk to see? No. {Keep in mind that I'm the girl who has a hard time even buying tampons. At 30 years-old}. Did I need a break from the very entertaining, but incredibly long The Crimson Petal and the White? Yes.
{I am really liking Crimson, by the way, but honestly-- it would be a miracle...more
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Erica Alyson
Heather Wells a former pop singer works in college administration while earning credits to go to the school. Her ex fiance is a pop star (Jordan Cartwright) with a huge ego and has a hard time letting go of Heather.

When Heather and Jordan break up (before the series started) she moved in with his older sexier brother Cooper. Heather wants Cooper he doesn't seem to want her, but he is a private investigator and when murders start taking place around Heather the 2 of them get closer.

Really good wo...more
Angelique
Fantastically fun read.

Laughed with her, and sometimes felt like crying with her.

Size 14 here I come.

and yes

Size 12 is not Fat
Meg ♥
This series was hilarious right from the start. Heather was so fun to read about!
Jenny
How does a girl go from mall performing teen pop star to assistant director of a college residence hall/ amateur detective? Heather Wells in Meg Cabot’s Size 12 is Not Fat knows – it is her life after losing her recording contract, fortune, and boy band famous fiancé. What does a girl do after all this trauma? Heather deals with the stress by getting her recommended daily exercise by walking to get her favorite comfort foods.

When girls in her dorm (residence hall) start dying in weird elevator...more
Lisa
Light, hilarious, and down-right fun; Size 12 is Not Fat was the perfect book to take me away from that crazy hectic thing we call life.

I am a bit late to the Meg Cabot worshiping. I never read many of her YA series, and every once in a while I'd pick up one of her books, but never religiously. Well, I think that is about to change with this series. I'm not quite sure if it was just the right book at the right time syndrome, or if this is as fabulous as I think it is, but I thoroughly enjoyed i...more
LK Gardner-Griffie
I have been trying to get an opportunity to read some of Meg Cabot's work. She is a prolific writer and I have always heard good things about her books, but haven't been able to find the time to read any of them, while trying to get Misfit McCabe launched, write the sequel, read material and write reviews for the LL Book Review, and oh, there's that little thing called the full time day job (which usually ends up being full time and a half). With a title like Size 12 Is Not Fat , I decided that...more
Jessica
Sep 22, 2008 Jessica rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: no one, don't waste your time
Recommended to Jessica by: Camille
For anyone who ever wondered what would have happened to Tiffany and Debbie Gibson had they told their record label they no longer wanted to sing the cheesy teen songs in malls nationwide. Heather Wells was a teen pop star. But that all came crashing down when… she was dropped by her label after she told them she wanted to play her own songs… her mother stole all of her money and ran away with her manager… she caught her fiance with another pop star… and she gained a few pounds. So at age 28, th...more
Diana
I read four books of the five book series over the course of the labor day weekend. It was a little confusing figuring out Heather Wells backstory, because there are inconsistencies across the books. Heather Wells was a teenage pop star. Father was either in prison for tax evasion or writing bad checks, either after she became a pop star or his imprisonment was the impetus for her mother pushing her to be a rock star. The story changes in each book. Her record label dropped her when she wanted t...more
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“So go ahead and
make your way

Back from the edge
of yesterday

No one knows what
Can't be known

'Cause when you start
You're all alone

But take enough steps
Take enough steps
Take enough steps

And someday
Someday you'll be home

---Heather Wells, Untitled”
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“and standing before me a bloodied bottle of Absolut in her hand, is Mrs. Allington, her pink jogging suit drenched, her chest heaving, her eyes filled with contempt as she stared down at Rachel's prone body. Mrs. Allington shakes her head. "I'm a size twelve," she says.” 22 likes
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