Wednesday, April 6, 2011

#BookReview: Size 12 Is Not Fat - Meg Cabot

It seems like just yesterday that teen sensation Heather Wells was performing at malls around the country to huge crowds.  The fans loved her and her former teen star turned pop star fiance loved her.  And then things came crashing down.

When her career goes south, Heather's mother flees the country with Heather's manager and all of her money and her fiance cheats on her.  So what's a girl to do? Start all over again. Figuring that the cheapest way to get a college education is by working for a university, Heather embarks on a new career as an assistant director at a residential hall.

A series of deaths in the building have been deemed accidental by the police department, but Heather knows that college girls, especially not these girls, are not into elevator surfing.  With the help of her private investigator roommate (whose just happens to be her ex-fiance's brother) and Magda, the cafeteria cashier, Heather is determined to get to the bottom of what's really going on in her building.

What did you like about this book?
I have to say that I'd never read a Meg Cabot book before this.  I also wasn't aware that she had written The Princess Diaries.  Had I known that, I probably would have picked up her books sooner.  She has a writing style that perfectly blends outright humor and "don't blink or you might miss it" snark.  Her lead character is smart and likable.  I'm definitely planning to give the next book in the series a try.

What didn't you like about this book?
Magda refers to the kids in the dorms as "my little movie stars," because at some point the dorm was used in the filming of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  It was cute the first 20 or so times she said it, not so cute the last 50 times.

What could the author do to improve this book?
Not a thing.

Listening time: 10 hours, 7 minutes
Published: December 2005

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