Dear Ms. Cabot:
I’m a full on fan girl of yours. I read all of your books, even your young adult ones. The first in this series, Size 12 is Not Fat, was very cute and fun to read with a hint of a future romance. This second book was a cute, fun but the romance is moving slower than molasses on a cold day. Can we just speed that up?
Heather Wells is a bit of a washed up teen singing sensation. Okay, a lot washed up. Her mother ran off with all her money. Her dad is in prison for white collar crime. Her ex-fiance is getting married to the pop star du jour. Heather is getting her degree at New York College and helping to pay her way by working as assistant directory of a dormitory at NY College. She lives with her ex-fiance’s brother who she is also madly in love with. Heather is also a very observant, smart young woman who has lost confidence in her musical ability.
Right now, she’s channeling all her energies in solving the mystery of the death of New York College’s cheerleading captain, Lindsey Combs. At first blush, Lindsey seems the all American girl, but during the investigation a lot dirty ugly secrets come out about Lindsey’s partying habits and her sexual relationships. It seems that there are always more than one person with a motive.
The gruesome nature of the murder is offset by humor although sometimes inappropriately so. Heather doesn’t intentionally get involved in solving the mystery. It’s just that she’s there and she really cares about the students. Cooper, her landlord, part-time employer, full time crush, is a private detective and cares enough for Heather to try to keep her out of trouble.
The best thing about this series isn’t really the mystery, but Heather herself. She’s fun. She’s smart. She’s a bit insecure but always very caring. If a reader liked you before, he or she will enjoy this entry too. The drawbacks would be that sometimes Heather is too insecure (i.e., her best friend’s husband is a famous rocker and wants Heather to jam with him at a pub) and despite all her declarations of insane love for Cooper, she never really pursues it. If I could see a bit more character development and more movement in the romance arena, I would be thrilled. B for this entry.