Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Published: December 27, 2005
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, mystery
My Rating: 4 Stars
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 picked up this book on the recommendation of a friend after finishing the Raven Cycle and needing something completely different from that book. Truth be told few books are even remotely similar to the Raven Cycle, but I digress. I needed something different and this book delivered.
This book is a little outside my comfort zone, but I do love Jennifer Weiner books, and I would compare Size 12 Isn’t Fat to a Jennifer Weiner book writing style and character voice.
I connected a lot to Heather, I’m not a former teen star, but we are about the same age and I too feel like I’m not living up to my potential and not investing in my art as much as I should. Heather, to me, fits the archetype of the kind of lady I wish to be. She may be a bit insecure, but at the same time, she sticks to her guns and fights for someone to investigate the deaths in her dorm because something doesn’t feel right to her. She doesn’t really care if people believe her, she knows what she’s seeing and she won’t be told she’s wrong because everything doesn’t fit in a perfect box.
I don’t want to get too much in the climax of the book, but since I’m “good” at mystery novels, I figured it out only slightly ahead of the main character, although the motive was not what I was expecting. I thought the build-up and the last couple chapters were incredible. Unraveling the whole mess was part classic mystery novel, part craziness. I truly loved it.
This is the first book in a fairly short series, there are four or five books. I will definitely be reading them. I like this slight spin on the classic detective. It gives me hope that I too will someday solve a murder despite not being a trained detective.
If you’re into “girl power” and mystery stories, I highly recommend this book. I adored it. It’s just the right amount of feminism and murder solving with a pretty intense climax scene in the rain on the roof of a building (because some troupes just work). This book made me laugh at bits as Heather and I tried to figure out who was pushing girls off elevators in Fisher Hall.
This book was a blast and I look forward to reading the next one.
Until next time Internet,