Review: Big Boned by Meg Cabot

Big Boned (Heather Wells Series #3)

Big Boned by Meg Cabot

  • ISBN-13: 9780060525132
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/20/2007
  • Pages: 304
  • Series: Heather Wells Series , #3
  • Source: Purchased


Life is reasonably rosy for plus-size ex-pop star turned Assistant Dormitory Director and sometime sleuth Heather Wells. Her freeloading ex-con dad is finally moving out. She still yearns for her hot landlord, Cooper Cartwright, but her relationship with "rebound beau," vigorous vegan math professor Tad Tocco, is more than satisfactory. Best of all, nobody has died lately in "Death Dorm," the aptly nicknamed student residence that Heather assistant-directs. Of course every silver lining ultimately has some black cloud attached. And when the latest murdered corpse to clutter up her jurisdiction turns out to be her exceedingly unlovable boss, Heather finds herself on the shortlist of prime suspects—along with the rabble-rousing boyfriend of her high-strung student assistant and an indecently handsome young campus minister who’s been accused of taking liberties with certain girls’ choir members.

With fame beckoning her back into show business (as the star of a new kids’ show!) it’s a really bad time to get wrapped up in another homicide. Plus Tad’s been working himself up to ask her a Big Question, which Heather’s not sure she has an answer for . . .

My Thoughts:

I just have to start this off by saying I love Meg Cabot’s writing style.  I am not sure how I made it this long reading and not have read anything by this quick witted author!   One of my favorite things about her style is the ability to have one main story line and yet weave some very unique story lines along with it without the reader having any clue that there is something else building up.  It makes me get to the end of the book going, how did I miss that coming.  I always say this is a great feat to take the reader by surprise. 

Alright, on to Heather Wells and her interesting life.  Big Boned starts with Heather meeting her current man, Tad Tacco, off campus.  The reason why is she should not be involved with him at all since he is her math professor and someone who is everything she is not but she is believes she is thrilled with this rebound guy.  Heather is an assistant director at a dorm, currently referred to as “Death Dorm” due to a few recent deaths.  That all gets worse when her current boss is murdered in his office and Heather finds him.  This turns her world upside down.  She is sucked into the case and even though she is told to stay out she just can’t do that.  The deeper she get the more things seem to be anything but what they appear to be on the surface.  And that goes beyond the case, into her own life and those people around her. 

The sleuthing skills that Heather has are comical and get her into the business of so many of the people on campus’ lives.  She uncovers things that should not be happening on campus and takes a stand to protect the students in her dorm when all hell breaks loose when the student workers strike to get better benefits and heath care options.  I just love her just go after it style. 

There was a point while reading where I had to stop and ask myself it is was reasonable that all of these things could possible happen all at once.  The answer that I came to was that it was a college campus and well just about anything and everything can happen so why would it not all happen at once.  Once I got beyond that point, I was able to sit back, relax, and enjoy Heather figuring out just who done it and the reasons why.  I love a lead woman who gets things done but yet is real and has real woman body issues. 

My Rating:

3 Penguin 

3 Penguins, a nice quick and fun read