Published by: Avon Trade
Year of Publication: 2005
Categories: Chick Lit
Summary (from goodreads.com): 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 . . .
Review: This was such a great read! Although it took me a little over a week to finally finish it (I had a couple other books that I was reading at the same time), I really enjoyed it.
Heather was great character. She was so realistic to me and I would have loved to hang out with her in real life. I loved her sense of humor. She was brave, even willing to confront murder suspects, which I really liked.
Cooper was really cute, and I couldn’t wait to get to the end to see if they would end up together. And I’ll be reading the other books in this series to see where they do end up. (I really do hope they end up a couple!)
The other characters were great too, everyone from Pete the security guard to Magda the cafeteria lady. They all added their little part of the story, and were fun to meet.
While I suspected who the killer was about half way through, it was still fun to read the whole thing and find out how it would end.
Having lived in res for a year when I was in university I found the setting of a residence hall in New York City a lot of fun. Things are really like how they’re described in the book – from partying til the early morning hours to pulling all nighters trying ot cram for an exam.
If you’re looking for a fun mystery to read, I would definitely recommend you check out Size 12 Is Not Fat.
Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library.