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The Bride Wore Size 12 (Heather Wells #5)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  8,170 Ratings  ·  769 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, meg-cabot, own
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)
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
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!! :)
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
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
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
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
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
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 ...more
Henri Neto
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hoje dei adeus para mais uma série da Meg Cabot (Bem, pelo menos, até o momento... Vai que sai outro livro! Eu não duvido de mais nada hoje em dia. XD). Sem sombra de dúvidas, "Os Mistérios de Heather Wells" é a minha série adulta favorita da autora, e fico feliz em poder ver o quanto ela estava inspirada na finalização da história, e sem sombra de dúvidas, foi uma das tramas mais recheadas da protagonista.

Mesmo tendo o casamento da Heather como título, o foco da narrativa é totalmente no misté
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,
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
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 boss. She is un
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
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: fiction, mystery
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)
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.
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.
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!
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 Thomas
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.

Giveaway for a copy of The Bride Wore Size 12 here!

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A copy of The Bride Wore Size 12 was provided to me by William Morrow for review purposes.

Heather Wells is set to marry Cooper Cartwright in a matter of weeks but is finding it next to impossible to plan when her life is no less hectic than normal. With freshmen orientation going on Heather has to deal with overly concerned parents and a new "Very Important Resident" that has moved in making things impossibly more chaotic.
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
Full review originally posted
HERE on The Book Addict's Guide 10/4/13:
I've been a fan of Meg Cabot for YEARS now and entirely because of the Heather Wells series. This was one of the series that got me back into reading when I was in my reading slump so I owe my sister a big thanks for letting me borrow these books way back in the day! I actually don't read a lot of adult fiction anymore since I'm busy reading ALL THE YA BOOKS so it was really nice to fall back into some chick lit and a touch of
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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
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, whodunit
This is the perfect end to this series. I have so much more respect for Cabot, since she didn't give Heather a "magic" ending. (Unlike another author, who told us repeatedly a character couldn't have children, had said character whine and mope and be depressed about it, only to then make said character miraculously pregnant in the last book in the series.)

This ending fit Heather and Cooper perfectly, with the author understanding that one person's HEA isn't the next person's HEA. Heck, most non-
Pretty please, Meg Cabot say this isn't the last of Heather Wells and her death dorm! I love this series and Heather is going into the crime world with her college classes. Less Jordan, more twin sisters was totally awesome! Oh yeah, there was a murder too. I love how everyone is a suspect and how Heather's over imaginative brain ferrets out truths and lies. I even loved how she took charge after her boss was away at a Dr's. appt. You just know that she has grown up and is ready to tackle her li ...more
Aug 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I've grown quite fond of Heather Wells and the people in her circle. This is a cozy read featuring the fictional ex-popstar, Heather Wells, who was big in her teenage years but grew bigger after she was a star; a healthy size 12. THAT, I like. So her dad when to prison for tax fraud and her mom ran off with her manager and all of her money leaving Heather broke. So she starts college on work study at a college dorm. Now she's 30 years old, going to college, and engaged to her ex-boyfriend's brot ...more
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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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“This year, everything is going to be different. No one in Fischer Hall is going to die this year. Not even accidentally.”
“How are you going to manage that?” Coop asks, gnawing on a Chinese sparerib. “Bubble wrap all your residents?”
Fleeing the premises?" Detective Canavan echos sarcastically. "Have you been watching Castle again?"
"It's a reasonable question," I say. "And Castle's a very good show.”
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