Size 12 is Not Fat



Author: Meg Cabot
Size 12 is Not Fat
Publication Date:
Number of Pages:
Women’s Lives and Relationships, Mystery, Chick Lit
Geographical Setting:
Manhattan, New York City, New York
Time Period:
Heather Wells mysteries, 1

Plot Summary: Former pop star Heather Wells (of “Sugar Rush” fame) has left behind her fans and her old record label for a new gig as an assistant dorm (sorry, residence hall) director, but when residents start turning up dead, she finds herself turning into a plucky girl detective.  With her landlord/crush/private investigator Cooper Cartwright by her side, who just happens to be the brother of her ex-fiancee, former Easy Street member Jordan Cartwright, life is anything but typical for this bombshell who is “the size of the average American woman!”

Subject Headings: Educational guidance
Dorm life
Self-esteem in women

Universities and colleges

Campus murders


Self-reliance in women

Wells, Heather

New York City

Mystery stories

Humorous stories
Chick lit

Appeal: breakneck, easy, fast-paced, dramatic, intriguing, quirky, realistic, recognizable, character-centered, plot twists, investigative, contemporary, urban, details of residence hall administration/college administration, hopeful, intimate, suspenseful, frank, smart

Three terms that best describe this book: Mystery, Page-turner, Heroine

Similar Authors and Works (Fiction): The Perfectly True Tales of a Perfect Size 12 by Robin Gold (similar heroine working in spotlight, mystery)

Death by Chick Lit by Lynn Harris (mystery with female protagonist who is chick lit author)

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich (first Stephanie Plum novel; zany insecure female detective)

Similar Authors and Works (Nonfiction): The Making of a Detective by Harvey Rachlin (an actual NYPD homicide detective tells about his career)

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett (true story of a mystery of bibliophilia, like obsessive character in Size 12)

Street Stories: The World of Police Detectives by Robert Jackall (going inside the actual detective process)

Name: Anne


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