Rating:

Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Has it really been five years since the last Heather Wells book by Meg Cabot was released? I can’t remember ever having waited for the next book in a series for as long as I have been waiting for this one. I’m a huge fan of Meg Cabot and this series, and it was well worth the wait.

For those of you not familiar with this series, Heather Wells is an ex-pop star working as an assistant dormitory director for New York College. It’s been 15 years since Heather’s musical career fizzed out, and she loves her new life. She’s dating Cooper, the older brother of her ex pop-star boyfriend Jordan, and they are secretly engaged to be married.

In Size 12 and Ready to Rock, Heather and Cooper get tied up in the messy business of Jordan’s reality TV series, Jordan Loves Tania, when Jordan’s new wife (the singer/songwriter who Heather walked in on with Jordan) decides that she wants to film her teen rock camp competition on the New York College campus in Heather’s dormitory. As much as Heather doesn’t want to admit it, this could be good publicity for Fischer Hall, which has the unfortunate nickname “Death Dorm”. But death strikes again, and Heather begins to suspect that Tania knows who is behind it all.

I have absolutely adored Heather Wells since her first appearance in Size 12 Is Not Fat. I was almost Heather’s size (whether I want to admit it or not) when the book came out, so I could really relate to Heather and her struggle over whether she should be the size that society thinks she should be, or if she should just love herself. The series isn’t just about Heather’s weight, though; each book contains a fun mystery that Heather always seems to find herself in the middle of as well as the developing relationship between Cooper and Heather.

I’d been under the impression that this would be the last Heather Wells book, but I personally feel that this series needs to keep on going. I find myself recommending these books a lot to friends and even total strangers when asked for suggestions. There are still plenty more mysteries for Heather to solve, and I hope also a fairy tale wedding in her future!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow Paperbacks. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.