Title: Size 12 and Ready to Rock
Publication: July 10th 2012
Publisher: William Morrow PaperbacksGenre: Adult Fiction
Rating: 5 out 5
Synopsis: Just because the students at New York College have flown the coop doesn't mean assistant residence hall director Heather Wells can relax. Fischer Hall is busier than ever, filled with squealing thirteen- and fourteen-year-old girls attending the first ever Tania Trace Teen Rock Camp, hosted by pop sensation Tania Trace herself—who just happens to be newly married to Heather's ex-boyfriend, heartthrob Jordan Cartwright. But the real headache begins when the producer of a reality TV show starring Tania winds up dead ... and it's clear that the star was the intended victim.
Grant Cartwright, head of Cartwright Records, wants to keep his daughter-in-law (and his highest-earning performer) alive. So he hires his oldest son, black sheep of the family and private investigator Cooper Cartwright—who just happens to be Heather's new fiancé. Heather should leave the detecting to Cooper. But with a dorm full of hysterical mini-divas-in-training, she can't help but get involved. And after Tania shares a really shocking secret with her, this reality suddenly becomes more dangerously real than anyone ever anticipated.
Thoughts: This is the fourth installment of the Heather Wells series. Heather is a former teen sensation and toured with her then boyfriend, Jordan. He was the hottest celebrity around the block, and decided to pick up Tania – a growing pop idol – along the way. She found Jordan in bed with Tania, and broke up with him on the spot. After, the label dropped her. Over 10 years later, Heather gained weight (to a size 12, if you didn’t get it by the title) and works at the “death dorm” in a New York City college. Don’t say dorm around her, she’ll correct you with “resident housing”. It’s called death dorm because of how many deaths there are… all of them include Heather finding out why it happened and who the culprit is. She starts living with Jordans older brother Cooper, and they fall in love. In this book she’s engaged to him but they want it a secret.
Tania – the girl who Jordan cheated on – is hosting a camp for teens that want to become stars. It’s sort of like the Disney Channel movie “Camp Rock” where everyone is talented and getting ready for the final battle. In this book the winner gets to sign on with Cartwright Records. Problem: Someone wants to kill Tania. Heather and Cooper take it upon themselves to figure out why she’s in danger, and keep the public out of it.
This book has tons of humor in it. Heather is known for being a teen idol, and when people recognize her they say “Ah! It’s Heather Wells! *pause* Uh… what happened to you?” (regarding her weight) It hurts her, but her new fiancé always tells her how beautiful she is which is so adorable! Unlike other books, both Cooper and Heather don’t fight or disagree with each other. The only drama is trying to figure out who the killer is. That’s a definite relief... books usually have more dilemma between characters to keep you on your toes. This one has enough to keep you intrigued. It’s a light read, so you wont have to trudge through it. As a Meg fan, I recommend this book.