Rating: 4 Stars
Published: Decemeber 2005
Genre: Adult Fiction // Contemporary // Mystery
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 ... Summary from Goodreads.
Hilarious. I just wanted to keep reading until the end. Heather Wells is a wonderful leading lady. Boy, oh boy, am I glad this is a series!
I was a little confused with the timeline of events (like when Heather & Jordan broke up, when she gained weight & moved in with Cooper). At least to me, it was a little unclear. But I was also mostly reading this before bed so I can’t be certain I was reading things right.
Okay, so, elevator surfing– what?! I have never heard of that. Is that a thing? Because that’s terrifying. I guess it’s a thing. Am I really that sheltered? In any case, I had no idea what it was about so it seemed the tiniest bit farfetched. Not like, entirely, but enough for me to say what.
The “dorm, I mean residence hall” joke got old pretty fast. It was funny at first but then it really got on my nerves because of how often it was mentioned in the beginning.
Also, yay for the body positivity! Because size 12 is very not fat. I love that there’s even a book with this title.
The mystery was really well done. I had no clue as to whodunnit. There was one thing I saw coming–(spoiler) when Sarah called Heather to say Rachel was dead but it was really a trap. But that’s it.
As far as the ending goes, the last few pages felt rushed. Which is weird because it’s a series so I thought that was a little strange.
“It is a documented fact. I read it in People magazine”
This book is so much fun and I can’t wait to pick up the rest of the series! I also had to go out and buy Dove bars because ugh–so good & I completely forgot they existed.
Note: Thought it was written in 2005, it feels timeless. And I so appreciate that. I love that I can read this for the first time in 2016 and feel like the events could still happen today. I mean, I know 11 years isn’t that long in terms of lifestyles of contemporary characters but still.
Meg Cabot, Queen. That is all.
Have you read Meg Cabot’s adult series? Which one is your favorite?