Size 12 Is Not Fat

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I think it was Natalie who didn't like the Meg Cabot book we got in Atlanta. I started it with some trepidation, but it passed the 50-pages test with flying colors!

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The main character, Heather Wells, is a former pop singer, a la Tiffany. Her mom absconded with her fortune, her boyfriend from a boy band dumped her for a rising star, and she's on her own, starting over by being assistant director at a dorm. I mean, residence hall (okay, that got old pretty fast, but...) Thing is, girls are dying while elevator surfing, and Heather is the only one who thinks it's suspicious. (Okay, also a little bit of a stretch, but...)

Why did I like this book? I like Meg Cabot's voice. If you've ever read her blog, well, that's the same voice. And she usually has me snorting Diet Coke out my nose. It was set in Washington Square Park in NYC, and I LOVE NYC. And while this is chick lit and not really a romance, Heather has it bad for her landlord/ex-boyfriend's older estranged brother, Cooper. (I like the name, too.) Between this book and The Body Movers, I realized how much I love romances, because I was reading for the pages when Heather and Cooper were together. Not that interesting stuff didn't happen when they WEREN'T together, but I mostly liked it when they were.

Oddly, I was going to write a former-pop-star-with-an-ex-boyfriend-from-a-boy-band book someday. I even had a title (which of course I can't remember now.) Maybe I'll write it for Wild Rose Press - it sure wasn't very long, in my mind.

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Anonymous said...

Mar...I'm glad you liked this book. I was going to get it because I AM a size 12 (currently) and it is NOT fat! LOL

I started reading Angels Fall...Morrigan's Cross is waiting for me. I have a very high TBR stack, but that's a good thing. :)


Stephanie said...

I really disliked this book -- I put it aside after about 90 pp... couldn't get into it. I found it more a blend of chick-lit and YA, and, like Meg herself in person, just a little too bee-boppy. Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed her speech, but it felt a bit like, you know, like, silly. As did the book.

But that's the beauty of reading tastes -- they're as varied as us, the readers. I'm glad you had a good read : )

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Nope, not me, didn't read it yet.

I did read Queen of Babble and it didn't suck. Her voice isn't my favorite, but she's one of the rare writers who has overcome my dislike of first person and hatred of present tense.

Coulda also been because I forgot to take another book on vacation, though. :)

MJFredrick said...

Steph, it was silly, but I liked it. I thought it was cute. But I would have liked more romance ;)

I'm definitely getting the next in the series.


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