Book Review: Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

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 of New York's top colleges. That is, until the dead body of a female student from Heather's residence hall is discovered at the bottom of an elevator shaft.

The cops and the college president are ready to chalk the death off as an accident, the result of reckless youthful mischief. But Heather knows teenage girls . . . and girls do not elevator surf. Yet no one wants to listen — not the police, her colleagues, or the P.I. who owns the brownstone where she lives — even when more students start turning up dead in equally ordinary and subtly sinister ways. So Heather makes the decision to take on yet another new career: as spunky girl detective!

But her new job comes with few benefits, no cheering crowds, and lots of liabilities, some of them potentially fatal. And nothing ticks off a killer more than a portly ex-pop star who's sticking her nose where it doesn't belong . . .

I've heard such good things about Meg Cabot, but have never read her before.  Size 12 Is Not Fat is the first Heather Wells mystery novel, and I really enjoyed it.  It's part mystery, part love story, and very funny!

I love the title.  I like that Heather struggles with her weight, like so many of us.  Heather has a healthy self-esteem and this book sends a positive message to women about self-acceptance. 

I laughed out loud in the first chapter and many more times throughout the book...I love that!  Size 12 Is Not Fat is a light-hearted, fun novel.  It would be a great beach read.

Just One Gripe:
The ending is left wide open for a sequel.  This means that we get very little closure on Heather's love life. 

The Best Thing About This Book:
The humor.

Appropriate for a younger audience:

Characters:  4/5
Plot:  3/5
Setting/Imagery:  3/5
Originality:  4/5
Ending:  3/5
Total Score:  17/25


  1. This was a fun one. And I agree, it desperately need a sequel, or that ending just sucks! lol Awesome review!

  2. Thank you so much! I think she has written a sequel called Size 14 Is Not Fat. I really enjoyed this one, and will be reading more Meg Cabot in the future.

  3. Not only is there one sequel - Size 14 Is Not Fat Either, there are two. The series ends, so far, with Big Boned. I'm not sure, but I think the romance is resolved in the 3rd book. They were fun mysteries.

  4. You're right, Kathy. I thought I was getting that title wrong! I agree that this was a fun book, and I'm glad to hear the romance is resolved!

  5. I love books that's got a sense of humor. Guess I'll include this in my tbr pile. Thanks.

  6. I read an extract of this on Meg Cabot's website at one point, and it did sound really funny! I'll definitely be checking this one out. :)


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