Monday, February 4, 2013

Book Review: Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot

Size 12 and Ready to Rock (Heather Wells series #4)
Meg Cabot
Contemporary Romance/Mystery
Published: July 2012

image: Goodreads
I had a hard time getting started with this book, but after setting it aside and coming back, I liked it. I've enjoyed the Heather Wells series so far--it's Meg Cabot at her best: writing funny, silly, and endearing characters. 

Heather Wells--former teen pop star and current residence hall director at a fictional NYC university--is now engaged to Cooper, her off-campus landlord and brother to her ex, another former teen pop star Jordan Cartwright. In this installment, Heather and Cooper haven't yet spilled about their engagement, and Heather is looking forward to a quiet summer maintaining the residence hall while students are on break. Only ex-bf Jordan's wife Tania Trace--a current pop sensation--needs a new locale for her teen rock camp after a series of threats has her scared for her life. I guess Tania didn't pay attention to the first three books where students disappeared or died in "death dorm." So, the teen rock camp moves to Heather's hall, along with the reality show filming Tania and Jordan's life.

Tania has a stalker, and of course, as the series dictates, someone ends up missing or dead. Heather knows the school inside and out, and provides her plucky expertise to the police. Adding a bit more depth to this story, Heather has a health concern, and the typically vapid Tania has more to her backstory than being a spoiled pop star. Still, it's mostly fun and cozy-style mystery solving here. I'd like to see the next book dive a little deeper into Heather and Cooper's relationship, and maybe throw a wrench in there. I hear Meg Cabot is already at work on #5.


  1. I didn't know there was another one out! I absolutely love this series, can't wait to get started on this one :)

    1. I know, it's a fun one. I still love the first one where we learn about her embarrassing teen pop star days. It reminds me of the girl from the TV show How I Met Your Mother who was Robin Sparkles, a Canadian pop star:

  2. Off topic, but I would love to read your YA set in the 60's. I wrote one as well, that takes place during the political turmoil of 1969. It needs revising, though. I'm also a member of SCBWI and RWA and am currently judging GH submissions, historical romance category. They are all so strong! I entered one of my contemporary YA romance manuscripts in the YA division.

    1. Thanks Cathy, I'm going to email you! I didn't end up entering the Golden Heart, but that's very cool that you get to be a judge for it. I'd love to help out with that someday; I judged some contest entries for my local chapter for the YA and the historical categories.


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