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Size 12 Is Not Fat

(Heather Wells #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  80,975 ratings  ·  2,758 reviews


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 si

Paperback, 345 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Pan Books (UK) (first published December 27th 2005)
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Jory Due to some adult language, sex, and violence, I would say it's a too mature for a 12-yo.…moreDue to some adult language, sex, and violence, I would say it's a too mature for a 12-yo.(less)
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Dec 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: easy-reads

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
Aug 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritereads
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
Aug 09, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
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
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Yet another re-read! I'm a re-reading machine this month. Also, Meg Cabot is love Meg Cabot is life. I would read her grocery lists and love them. ...more
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Okay, so I don't think everyone would enjoy this book. It's the epitome of chick lit. I like to think of it as Veronica Mars meets Bridget Jones. Our main character is very chatty and the writing style is conversational. The jokes are very repetitive and the mystery is easy to figure out but I had a fun time reading this. I'm sure I enjoyed this mostly because it's a book I read in high school and it made me feel very nostalgic. ...more
Fun, cute, and snarky. An enjoyable chick-lit mystery for a rainy day or beach read.
May 23, 2017 marked it as not-interested  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nope
I read the first two chapters and realised this was a book that would constantly hit me over the head with the pitiful woes of a 28 year-old woman who peaked early and is desperately trying to persuade herself into thinking she's okay with that.

(I guess the title should have been warning enough. You don't have to convince me that a size 12 isn't fat, Heather [Meg] - maybe check in with yourself.)
Rachel Reads Ravenously
A cute mystery book about a former pop star who becomes the assistant resident advisor to a dormitory excuse me, residence hall. When her residents turn up dead in bizarre elevator accidents, she takes it upon herself to investigate when the police don't.

Has the Meg Cabot flair we all loved. Great beach read. Got a 3 because it was cute and I liked it but I didn't love it/wouldn't reread it.

Definitely want to see more of Cooper in the other books.
May 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trigger warnings: murder, some fat phobia.

3.5 stars.

I'd never read anything by Meg Cabot before, but I've been intrigued by this for a while now. And it was...pretty solid? I liked Heather as a character. I liked her investigating the crimes and interacting with Cooper and her being all "HEY, STOP CALLING ME FAT WHEN I'M THE SAME SIZE AS THE AVERAGE U.S. WOMAN". All of that was great.

That said, I could have done without all the insipid song lyrics at the start of each chapter. I could have do
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,
Dec 31, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
One of the commenters on my updates nailed it perfectly for why I really didn't care for this book. The character of Heather is not likable really in this one for me. We find out that the main reason she decides to take the job she does is to go to school (for free) to get a degree to make her more appealing to a man. And she's trying to prove how smart and capable she is to get this same man to fall in love with her like she is with him (this is her ex's brother). We also don't find out much ab ...more
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
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
I had high hopes for this book. Maybe that's the problem. If I'd gone in expecting it to suck, I'd have been mildly pleased that it wasn't a complete waste of paper. Instead I went in expecting the kick-butt characters, fast pace and intriguing story that have characterized several of Cabot's other series. Sadly the first Heather Wells mystery falls far short on all three.

Heather is a 28-year-old washed-up teen pop-star who use to fill malls with screaming pre-teens and now is assitant director
Oct 04, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  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
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
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sigh, I wish I could say better things about this book, but I feel I nearly wasted the few hours it took me to read it.
In a few words - the romance was extremely thin, not really any communication, fun/sexy dialogues or relationship with Mr Right.
And what about that silly murder inquiry? Implausible from the start.
I suppose the redeeming feature was to be the 'fun' and funny? situations and Heather's over the top and cute interior monologues. Well not for me. Actually Heather managed to get o
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun light read. The pacing of this novel is fast. You move quickly from one incident to the other trying to figure out the mystery with Heather.
Our heroine Heather Wells is a former teen pop star now trying to put herself through college by working in a residence hall. Shortly after the semester begins, young girls start plunging to their death in the elevator shaft. Heather can't help herself and starts investigating and then finds herself the target of a murderer. The mystery was fun
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Meg Cabot's voice is always enjoyable, but I wasn't that into the execution of the book's central conceit. Heather Wells is a pop star out of the business who is now a size 12, which she reminds the reader at every possible opportunity. She's constantly mentioning the other characters' sizes, and her own, and it starts to feel pretty shoehorned in. And while I liked the idea of a girl detective at a residence hall, I was decidedly not into the central romance of the book, (view spoiler) ...more
Sep 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossed
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
“I'm going to fall in love with someone else just as soon as I can. I swear. But in the meantime, is it so wrong that I enjoy his company?”

I abso-freaking-lutely loved this book!

Every goddamn page made me laugh and want more. I loved the main character, Heather Wells. She was like a funnier and sassier version of Nancy Drew. I loved every character, even the villain and her ex-fiancé. The villain, who I sort of suspected but not until the last minute, was so good! The ex kind of annoyed me a lit
Maureen DeLuca
Heather Wells is a former pop star who must now face an uncertain future after losing her fortune, her recording contract, and her fiance in a short period of time.

Heather now works in a dorm, which the school calls a "residence hall in one of NY top colleges. Of course, then a murder happens... and then another--- so now Heather will be a 'spunky girl detective'

This is definitely a chick-lit mystery and it doesn't pretend to be anything else. Others have liked this cozy- so I would take my re
Sharon :)
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very cute chic-lit/mystery looking forward to exploring this series 😁👍🏽
Chloe (Always Booked)
I really enjoyed this book on reread. However, when I read it in 2013 I gave almost everything 5 stars and this is not a 5 star read. That being said, its a really fun chick lit/ cozy mystery mash up that I haven't read before. We follow Heather Wells. She is a former pop star who peaked at age 18 and now has decided to go to college. She is no longer a pop star because her boyfriend Jordan (also a pop star) encouraged her to tell the record label (aka his da
Norah Una Sumner
Such a fun read!Well,aren't all Meg Cabot books always fun?I think that's a straight fact.I love our main character Heather,of course,and the way she thinks.Such a cool character!She is funny,pretty smart,talented and head over heels for Cooper.There's a lot of mystery,funny dialogues,creepy ex-boyfriend moments,great supporting characters and,of course,moments that will make you go:


I hope that my local library has the sequel to this book because I can't wait to find out what will happen to our
Reread Rating 3.5 Previous Rating: 5
Somehow it's a bit sad when you reread and have to give less stars than the first time around.
That's why I always leave my original rating up in the section that actually counts ;)
Younger me loved this (four freaking years ago - I checked in my reading journal - woooah), so why not!
Interesting to see how we develop as readers and as people over time.
This is also the reason I am anxious to reread my absolute favourites...

Still really enjoyed this; after all, I
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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
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And someday
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