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Big Boned

(Heather Wells #3)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  21,169 ratings  ·  1,170 reviews
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
Paperback, 280 pages
Published November 20th 2007 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Y'all know I am Meg Cabot trash, but I have to admit I was pretty bored for most of this. HOWEVER: the ending totally saved it with all of it's cheesy glory and I can't wait to see how the rest of the series plays out. Squeeeee!
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This is probably my least favorite book in the series so far. I thought the mystery was a little formulaic and I didn't really love the ending. There was a progression in the main relationship that seemed very sudden and random to me. But I still had fun while reading this and look forward to reading the next book.
Sara Lou
Jan 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit lovers, Meg Cabot fans

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
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
3.5 Stars

This series continues to be all kinds of fun. I liked the mystery in Big Boned more than the last book and I thought all of the characters had some wonderful moments. Heather is a spunky and relateable main characters and I'm excited to see what happens next.
Jun 02, 2008 rated it did not like it
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.
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Megs ♥
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books, z-2011-reads
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
Aug 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Jennifer Holik
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was missing some of the stuff I loved in the first two books of the series. But it did have something the others didn't which salvaged the rating and leaves me ready for the next book. This one was pretty unique, in that Heather really didn't try to get sucked into the investigation in this one. The other books she was much more actively participating. This time she had the sense to mostly stay out of it. I'm interested to see how the next one goes, since there have been minor changes ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Heather is finally dating someone and is relatively happy, even if he's not the man she's been in love with. They don't seem to have that much in common either, but she tries not to dwell on that fact and does her best to take an interest in his hobbies, even going so far as to go running with him.

She has just gotten in to work after that run, only to discover her new boss's dead body in his office, shot in the head. Determined to stay out of the investigation this time, unwilling to face the sa
Mary H
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Solid narration. Weirdly I remembered almost nothing about the actual plot of the book so it was fun feeling like I was reading it again for the first time.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Less fun of a read than I thought it would be to be honest. The situations were a little too ridiculous for me. I feel like I must have forgotten a lot about the tone of the first 2 books or this one was just really off the mark for me.
Jul 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
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
Dec 21, 2007 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
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
I didn't like this one as much as I did the first two in the series but I still enjoyed it. The ending made up for all the not so great parts in the rest of the book. I've been looking forward to this since we first met Heather and her landlord in the first book and I'm happy it finally happened. I'm really looking forward to reading more about Heather and her friends some more.
I forgot how fun this series is! Heather always ends up in the weirdest situations. And I loved the ending of this book.
Jul 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: humorous-fiction
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Jun 21, 2009 rated it liked it
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
May 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
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.
Kaethe Douglas
Big Boned (Heather Wells Mysteries) - Meg Cabot Loved this one too. I really like how Heather is generally dismissed, but is really very clever. Very. 
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Seriously guys... OMFG!
It is about god damn time Cooper.

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Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
#3 in the Heather Wells series.
I had not read books 1 or 2 prior to reading this one. It might have helped a bit, but this book is a stand alone and I was not too much in the dark about characters and prior events, although there were references to prior events.

In this installment, Heather unluckily stumbles across the body of her dead boss. There's a lot going on at the college; protesters, the potential for a strike, and now, her boss dead. Heather is sort of enjoying her relationship with bo
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my second Meg Cabot - Heather Wells book. These books are kinda fun. If you are looking for deep, complicated mysteries, this is not your book. On the other hand, it is a perfect on the beach or stuck at the airport book. Also, I really like the main character Heather Wlls. She is so real, sometimes so scatter brained, it is funny. Fifteen things are happening all around her st the same time and she has to keep jumping from one to another, it is hilarious!! So all in all , an easy good r ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, chick-lit
I'm loving all the books in the Heather Wells series!

"Is your boss in? Because I think we'd better speak to him."

"Well," I say. "That's going to be hard."

"Why, for heaven's sake?" Brian wants to know.

"Because he got shot in the head yesterday," I reply.

Brian flinches. But Mr. Rosetti just nods.

"It happens," he says, with a shrug.
Melanie Cannon
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
What can I say? Heather Wells is growing on me. And, I cannot resist a happy ending. I think this edition was my favorite so far. This cute series is pretty light fare, but Heather is likable and someone I would like to know. I’m rooting for her and Cooper, and will likely read the final 2-installments of this series soon.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Yay! Loved how this book ended. I find the Heather Wells character to be so likable and humorous. This series has been a really fun summer read and I'm looking forward to continuing with book #4.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
My personal favourite of the Heather Wells series {so far}!
Leah Wolff
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
In my review of Size 14 Is Not Fat Either (the second book of the Heather Wells series), I said that I wanted less body-shaming because it was completely exhausting in that book. This book did that, but not much else. The plot itself was difficult to get through and the premise of the murder just made me want to close the book and walk away and just leave it sitting there, never to be touched again. But I believe in chugging through a book til the end just to see what happens, just in case it ge ...more
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.

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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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