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The Bride Wore Size 12

(Heather Wells #5)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  10,848 ratings  ·  923 reviews
Heather Wells is used to having her cake and eating it too, but this time her cake just might be cooked. Her wedding cake, that is.

With her upcoming nuptials to PI Cooper Cartwright only weeks away, Heather's already stressed. And when a pretty junior turns up dead, Heather's sure things can't get worse—until every student in the dorm where she works is a possible suspect,
Paperback, 392 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Laura Martinelli
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, own, meg-cabot
It’s always sad when series end—not just the ones with the absolute set number of books, but even the ones that could go on for a while. The flipside being that of course, you don’t want the series to limp on forever until you want it to end out of mercy, but still. (*cough*Sookie Stackhouse *cough*) But it’s still sad because you don’t want these characters to go away and even if it’s the proper send-off, it’s still…I want more.

Moreso here because this is my second time that I’ve said goodbye
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was definitely my favorite of the entire series and I am SO bummed that it's over now! Heather and Cooper are adorable and I am going to miss them terribly. Here's hoping Meg decides to delve back into this world again soon bc I need moreeee ...more
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018

I was a little underwhelmed by this conclusion. I still love these books, but I kind of wanted more. I really love Heather and I wish there were more books in the series. I would definitely say books 1&2 are the strongest, but I still enjoyed all the books.
The Bride Wore Size 12 is one of the reasons I love Meg Cabot so much. Her witty writing had me involved with the story from the very beginning, Meg has a great knack of making characters appear so realistic and real and she weaves the best romance and mystery in a story that you could ever ask for. When I first started the Heather Wells series I remember not being the biggest fan. Don’t get me wrong I adored the book, but I didn’t have a calendar made up and counting down the days until the nex ...more
The Romance Bookie

I'm so glad we all don't have to wait another 5 years at least!! One more more year...I can do this!! :)
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-on-blog
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Cocktails and Books
I have enjoyed this series since the first moment we met Heather in Fischer Hall. I looked forward to see how she and Cooper were going to ride of into the sunset at the end of the series. And while I enjoyed this story (because really, you can't have a final book without a death at Death Dorm), I missed some of the characters that we have grown to love. No Jordan, her dad was missing, very little Magda and not enough Gavin. These are characters who have always been a core to each book, so I was ...more
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
2.5 stars -- for the most part, I enjoyed this light & entertaining mystery, but I almost gave up in disgust at two points: at the very beginning, due to Heather's derisive attitude toward the (very reasonable) belief that it's inappropriate for a teenager to have a different sex partner every night; and in the middle, when two characters deliver pro-choice sermons to a woman who has just discovered she's pregnant. It wasn't so much the fact that the characters held these views that bothered me ...more
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Heather Wells is always on the ball, isn't she!
Ah well, as usual in this series this book is no exception! Light, funny, entertaining!
There's no deep thinking, but it's not an empty head's read either. There's a bit of balance.
You do catch yourself thinking about real things: like, what do extremely successful people do when success does a big nose dive?... how do you carry about your daily business if you used to be on top of the world once but had to come down?... yep, it all depend on the per
nick (the infinite limits of love)
Read more of my reviews at Nick's Book Blog.

Ah Heather Wells! I had such a fun time with you, Cooper and the gang at Fischer Hall. I can't even tell you guys how much I just adore this cozy mystery series. I've been following it for years now and to finally have it end was quite the happy-sad experience.

Heather has grown so much throughout this series. She started off as a ditzy, naive girl in the first book, but she was so much more mature in The Bride Wore Size 12. She has lost her impulsive n
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, own
I am sooo sad that there will be no more books of Heather Wells! I have really enjoyed the series.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
2020 reread thoughts:
There are things about this book that are surprisingly thoughtful and unique, and there are aspects that are cringe-inducing seven years from its release. I've always called Meg Cabot novels time capsules, because they're soaked in the attitudes of the time.
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Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Heather Wells finally gets her happily ever after, but not before going through another ordeal at work.

With her wedding coming up and the new semester approaching, Heather has no time for anything to go wrong. The Very Important Resident, aka a very wealthy prince that has moved into Heather's dorm is not making things any easier, either, but everything becomes infinitely worse when a girl is found dead in her dorm room.

Heather can't help but conduct her own investigation into the girl's death t
Sherri F.
4.5+ This is a sad day for me! I finished the 5th and I guess final book in this series--please, please it's not too late for more since last one just came out 2 1/2 years ago AND there's still plenty that can happen in Heather Wells world, esp. if she finished that Criminal Justice degree and get paid for solving murders! I don't even know what it is about this series, but I pretty much loved all of them and this was probably the best (maybe) but my 2nd favorite since I think the 1st was the be ...more
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting humorous fluff, but there was actually something more than that. There was a mystery to solve. This is not the first book in the Heather Wells series. But I plan on reading more.

I enjoyed the humor. The characters and their dialog reflected this. This part felt well written. It didn't feel overwrought. I also liked the characters. So 4 stars.
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book #5 of the Heather Wells Mystery Series by Meg Cabot.
Yes, Meg Cabot, who wrote The Princess Diaries and a slew of other YA titles.
But this book is far from YA. While some of the characters are older teens, our heroine and narrator is Heather Wells, a formerly famous teen pop star who lost her boy band lead boyfriend, career, family, and money all at the same time. Heather, now in her late 20s, is determined to go back to school to pursue a criminal justice degree, but, being broke,
The Bride Wore Size 12

The Characters

Heather Wells
Cooper Cartwright

and a whole host of family, friends, co-workers, police and students.

The Story

I had realized I’d missed Heather so much until I read this book. She’s on my top 10 list of female characters. I’m going to miss her so.

Things are crazy as usual in Death Dorm Fischer Hall. Heather is preparing for her wedding, finding out who killed her RA and dealing with the huge shock that her mother is back in town, like a bo
What a great ending to a really fun series!
..and now I'm sad because it's over. It's really over. I have no idea what I'm going to do now that I have no more Heather and Cooper. I'm so happy that they finally get married in this book. They are so freaking adorable and I was rooting for them since the first book. I hope to find a love like that. I wish there was another book, just so I could see how their married life is playing out. But I will accept that this was the last book.

Overall, I'm real
UGH why do these have to end???? Seriously, Meg Cabot, if you EVER want to write some more I would be more than appreciative. This book might have been my favorite of this series that has really developed a special place in my heart. I’m really going to miss it!
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Really enjoyed this book. Very relatable main character. Heather Wells is fun, sassy & strong Great way to end a series, marrying Cooper. Makes me want to go back & read the series
Apr 20, 2016 rated it liked it
After I started to read this book, I realised that it's #5 of a series about Heather Wells. But that was ok as every part deals with an independent case.

After a few chapters, however, it became more and more obvious to me that I'm glad to just read this one part. Otherwise I would be really pissed off to read about so many deaths coincidentally occurring in this one dorm where Heather works. (I already had similar series in the past and it was awful - unfortunately I'm just really bad at ending
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: galleys-arcs
First time readers of this series may want to think twice before starting with this book. Ms Cabot does a wonderful job with giving us back-story and theoretically you could start here with no problems, but what fun would that be?
There has been some discussion that this might be the last Heather Welles book, but frankly, I don’t think so. At least I hope not! The last line in the book, when Cooper says to Heather after she asks him, “What do we do now?” “Now?” Cooper looks back at me with a joyo
Andrea Guy
AGH!!! Why have I not read this series before now? There are 4 books prior to this, and now I've got to hunt them all down!!!


Because they are awesome

Heather Wells is a former pop star turned assistant residence hall director and she is just fun.

The book is the 5th in a series, but Cabot like most cozy mystery writers gives you enough to go on that you can jump right into the book and read on. I will tell you, that if you like cozies and chicklit, you'll be squealing and running to the books
Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
This is, I think, the last book in the Heather Wells series. I have really enjoyed this series. They are a light, fast, enjoyable read. Nothing heavy or thought provoking, just fun. I will say that this last one, while it kept me engaged, was not as solid as the others. It is check in week at "Death Dorm" and of course...there is another death. Her wedding is one month away and her long lost mother finally returns to "set things right".

I know the point of the book is the murder/mystery part but
3.5. Rounding up to 4 stars just because I really like the relationship between Heather and Cooper. Didn't care about the case(s) this book but let's be honest, we are on book 5. I haven't cared about the cases since book 1 or 2. Just give me happy!Heather and Coop and I"m okay with everyone else (and on that front, this book delivered in SPADES. <3)

Also, on a side note, (view spoiler)
Jan 17, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: bought-in-2013
....and yes, OF COURSE I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why would they change the title? Size 12 Is the New Black had a much better ring to it (pun intended lol) and it sort of went along with the the title of the other books in the series too. Oh well :/
I just hope this ending is satisfactory!
Melissa McShane
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was just as satisfying as I expect from the series. Lots of great character interactions, interesting side characters, and Heather finally confronts the mother who abandoned her and stole all her money. The mystery is a little weak, but the rest of the story definitely makes up for it. And Heather and Cooper are married! Lots of fun all around.
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this and forgot to record it in Goodreads (gasp)! So I don't remember many details except that (view spoiler). I love these books and I'm kind of sad to say goodbye to Heather, but her story has come to a natural conclusion. I'm going to miss her snark, though. ...more
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love Heather Wells, and Cooper. I love the twists in this story, and the added tension of whether or not Heather and Cooper will actually make it down the aisle. So much fun! I could be happy with this being the last book, or more, Cabot has done a great job with this series either way.
Sarah Toton
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I haven't read any sort of mystery in a while and this one's available for download on my library's app! That's how I got this book.

The main character was so annoying to me that I barely made it through. The mystery itself wasn't that interesting and the writing was pretty bad (for an adult reader, it's fine for a sixth grader or maybe a fourth grader).

Would not read again, would not recommend.

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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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