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Summer break . . . and the livin' ain't easy!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—whSummer break . . . and the livin' ain't easy!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....

Title : Size 12 and Ready to Rock
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ISBN : 9780062134882
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Number of Pages : 283 Pages
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Size 12 and Ready to Rock Reviews

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    2019-03-21 00:23

    This was the best one of the series so far. Cute cute CUTE! But also like somewhat informative and meaningful? I just love Meg Cabot ok

  • Jasprit
    2019-03-16 05:00

    4.5 starsI hadn’t realised how much I missed Heather, Cooper and the rest of these insane characters, until I finally got to be with them again in Size 12 and Ready to Rock. I waited so long for the release of this book and I’m pleased to say that despite the long wait, it did not disappoint.We’re thrown back into Heather’s chaotic life at the death dorm Fischer hall. Normally with students dying left, right and centre Heather is up to her neck with trying to find the killer and always trying to be a hero and save the day. But this time Heather’s stressed out at Fischer Hall for entirely different reasons, as the hall is closed for renovations over the summer, Tania Trace, big time pop star and Heather’s ex Jordan’s wife decides to run her rock camp at the hall. With Tania’s body guard being seriously injured in a random shooting, Tania’s a little freaked out, but with innocent people getting hurt too it’s easily noticeable that Tania is the target. However Tania doesn’t want to let all the little girls down for the camp and decides to battle on, by upping her security and hiring Cooper as her body guard. Heather feels this camp is really getting in the way, but with Fischer Halls record already tarnished, the reputation can’t get any more worse can it?I had initially started off with Size 12 and Ready to Rock with the aim to read just a few chapters a day, but being back in Fischer Hall, with such a fantastic set of characters, I found myself unable to stop reading and before you know it I was already half way through the book.I had forgotten so much about Heather and the other crazy characters as it had been a few years since the last instalment, but it was so much fun getting to know them again, they’re all such a quirky bunch from hilarious Gavin, clueless Jordan, hugely grating and egotistical Simon, unpredictable Sarah, Dr Jessop and the Allingtons with their zany ideas and changeable temperaments. But they’re a bunch a characters that easily bring a smile to my face and leave me with warm fuzzies, they’re definitely a bunch of characters I’d love to hang out with especially Cooper *sigh*Cooper was amazing in this book, I love how with each book we get to know his character that little bit more, and each time I find myself falling or him all over again. I adore his snarky humour and how he would come back with the best responses ever, his several threatening references about his gun permit seriously sent chills through my body. But the best thing about him is he keeps Heather down to earth. They work so well for each other, he gets mad when she tries to underestimate herself, and he balances out her knee jerk and dramatic tendencies.I’m not usually one to pick up mystery books, but Meg Cabot does an amazing job in mixing up the humour within the mystery. I was eager to find out who was behind the attacks but then the witty remarks and banter between characters had me doubling over with laughter, it did result in me receiving a few strange looks from my family, but I didn’t care as this book was absolutely hilarious!The Heather Wells series has quickly become one of my favourite Meg Cabot series, yet, I cannot recommend this series enough with a fantastic bunch of characters that you will adore, random attacks happening all over the place, this series will keep you up in the wee hours of the morning with you wanting to know who is behind it all.Overall Size 12 and Ready to Rock is the best in the series yet. I honestly can’t wait for the release of Size 12 is the New Black which is supposed to be the last in the series; however at the same time I don’t want it to come out yet as I don’t think I’m ready to say goodbye to these characters just yet.Thank you to Edelweiss for the opportunity to read this book.For those who still have to pick this latest instalment and want a nice refresher of the previous books before diving in check this video out. I think it's absolutely hilarious! Heather Wells sugar Rush Video

  • Alex
    2019-03-10 04:02

    I will read this, because I highly enjoyed the first 2 Heather Wells novels. I hated the third, so I hope this gives me a better ending!UPDATE:While this wasn't nearly as good as the first two books, it was infinitely better than the awful third book, so I enjoyed it on that alone. There was definitely something lacking with this one, though.My main problem is that I feel like a lot of Heather's spark has disappeared. I found myself caring a lot more about Tania and Jordan throughout this entire book then Heather and Cooper - I find their relationship ridiculously boring. The twists were fun and overall this was an entertaining read, so I can't bash it too much - even though I did find it a little flat.And of course I'll still read the next one. Sigh.

  • Veronika
    2019-03-03 05:03

    OMG!!!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!!US HEATHER WELLS FANS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YEEEEEEAAAAAAARRRRRRRSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰
    2019-03-18 23:04

    I haven't read a Meg Cabot book in ages!!So glad I finally found this on my kindle! I LOVED IT!Just as cute and funny and crazy as all the books in the Heather Wells series!And Cooper is sooooo adorable and yummy!!!♥

  • Natalie (Natflix&Books)
    2019-02-22 00:24

    Really more like 3/3.5, but it's Heather Wells...I've loved this series since the beginning. I've read and re-read the first 3 books over and over anxiously waiting for the next one. I waited and waited and checked her website and waited...and then, frankly, just kind of forgot about it. The books in her series usually come out about once a year and it seems like at least 3 of her books are published every year, but for whatever reason it has been 5 long years since the last book in this series came out. When I heard about this one I was beyond excited, but for some reason, I didn't tear through it like I thought I would and actually put it down for a while to finish something else that was holding my interest more.That isn't to say I didn't enjoy this one. I did. Set in the "death dorm" yet again. This newest addition is slightly different. It is in the summer and the kids in the dorm are actually kids. Teenage girls going to 'Tania Trace's Rock Camp'. It's also different in the way the reader finds out who the perpetrator is fairly early on, so the mystery isn't really so much of a mystery. That said, Meg Cabot's writing is always fun. Heather rocks. Her boyfriend and their relationship is adorable. Jordan and Tania--who have bigger roles this time--shake things up. It's another Heather Wells book, and for me, that's a good thing. Hopefully it won't be another 5 years until the next one.

  • Nasty Lady MJ
    2019-02-23 03:01

    Really this one deserves 2.5 stars, but I'm feeling generous especially since it mentioned Cupcake Wars. To see full review click here: http://yalbookbriefs.blogspot.com/201...I was really excited for this book to be released. I love the Heather Wells series. Heather Wells is an engaging character, someone you can relate too. And I love that while the titles mention her size, it's not what the novel is about. Plus, she has a healthy body image unlike some books that will not be mentioned. In fact, the novels themselves are mysteries. Light hearted mysteries, but still mysteries. In a lot of ways they remind me of Janet Evonovitch's Stephanie Plum books except there's no love triangle, random cars exploding, and instead of being a bounty hunter Heather works at a dorm. The series was originally suppose to concluded with the lackluster Big Boned. However, Cabot decided to write another book and I have to say I'm glad she did.I will say that the first half of the book is better than it's later half. Meg reintroduced the character with ease and the mystery was gradually introduced at a nice place. I like how Heather has grown more confident in herself and how she has grown in her role as assistant director at the college. I thought the whole college life aspect was handled very realistically.The later half of the novel is where I had some issues with the book. Particularly Heather's relationship with Tania Trace. It seemed unrealistic which I'll discuss later on in my review. Other problems with the book I had were some squeamish talk about sex and lady parts and functions. There was one joke, I think it was suppose to be viewed as a joke, about drinking menstrual cycle blood that made me want to vomit. Look, authors I don't like being talked about monthly cycles. It doesn't work not as a joke or some weird sort erotica thing like it was used in Master of the Universe/Fifty Shades of Grey. Another reoccurring gag I couldn't stand was the information from Psych 101 class. For one thing it wouldn't be called Psych 101-most university would have a number for it like Psychology 1300 or something. Point two, most of the stats that were used in these parts were regurgitated from other Cabot books where the neurotic heroine rattles off her various psychological ailments (see Boy Meets Girl).Best Feature: Quirky Set Up: The setup for the novel is just brilliant. I like how the plot is gradually introduced and we are reintroduced to the characters in the Heather Wells universe. I especially love the whole murder mystery. It was done in a slightly humorous way that made me laugh even though I didn't want too. Okay, long story short the victim dies via cupcake. And it's from a cupcake baked by someone on Cupcake Wars. And the name of the made up cupcake place is called Pattycakes Cupcakes and one of my Beagles name is Patty Cakes...okay, digressing.Worst Feature: Butt Kissing. I really got annoyed with how much butt kissing was done by Heather when it came to the character Tania. Tania, for those who aren't familiar with the series, is the tart pop star who slept with Jordan when he and Heather were together. Honestly, while I could understand why Heather would be civil towards her, I didn't understand why she was as nice to her as she was. And for that matter essentially state how Tania was better than her with Jordan and was much more talented than Heather ever was. And for that matter Heather actually gushes over how much chemistry Jordan and Tania have. It just doesn't make sense to me. I mean, I get she's over Jordan and everything. But jeez, I still be a little sore with Tania for ruining a ten year relationship.Appropriateness: Um, definitely an adult book. There's some cussing, some violence, some sex. And then there's talk about sex, infertility, and some really nasty sex jokes-a.k.a. a song about drinking period blood. I kid you not.

  • Julie
    2019-03-12 00:21

    God, I love this series.Heather Wells is one of my favorite heroines. She's comfortable with herself despite her faults. She's intelligent and brave and funny. She's supportive and can be motherly...but also likes to have a strong drink sometimes to get away from the stupid. Heather makes the narration feel like I'm sitting around, listening to my friend's story.And can I talk about my love for Cooper? I seriously adore that man. He's snarky and clever and he just GETS Heather. The two of them together are so wonderful and happy making and I just...yes <3The story's are always awesome and very interesting. Very twisted. Meg Cabot really knows how to keep you on your toes. I loved seeing a more personal case that Heather had to deal with and how well she and Cooper managed it.One of my favorite things about these books is how well developed every character is. They're not all perfect. Most of them are well meaning and good people, they're just not perfect and not always smart. Some are so pretentious, they won't listen to others who are right. Every character has faults and can admit it, or at least not try to be perfect.Basically, I love Heather Wells and Meg Cabot and Size 12 and Ready to Rock. If you haven't read this series, why the hell did you read this review? And go pick up book 1. If you've read the series but not this book, GET THIS BOOK ASAP. Then we can all anxiously anticipate book 5.

  • Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
    2019-02-20 05:06

    Initial Impressions 7/30/12: Oh Meg Cabot. How I love you and Heather Wells. It's been a long time since I read Big Boned (the previous book in the series), but I'm glad to say that I still adored Heather Wells and even if I did forget some, it's pretty easy to jump right back in! I'm a little biased with the 5 stars just because I love this series, but it's just so much fun! Heather & Cooper - So much fun to pick their story back and up and I really liked how we get to know a lot more about Tania Trace in this book and we get so much more of a backstory. Bravo, Meg! Review as originally posted on The Book Addict's Guide: Oh, Meg. How I've missed you! That stint with INSATIABLE was just so sub-par after my love for Heather Wells, and I'm so thankful you brought her back! Anyone who's been reading this blog the past few months knows my love for the Heather Wells series and I'm SO GLAD I was not disappointed with the newest addition!Right off the bat, we get into the playful banter back and forth between Heather and Cooper, which is one of the things I loved to much about the series to start with. Sarcasm, silly jokes, teasing - It sounds silly, but those are my favorite parts of a relationship sometimes! Gotta have some playfulness. Heather and Cooper just make such a great couple and I love that they're getting married now! And thank goodness we don't have any cold feet in this book because frankly, I'm a little annoyed with the cold feet storyline! Please don't take it there in the next one!I felt like this one wasn't so much of a mystery as the other books were. We weren't really taken deep into an investigations until closer to the end of the book, but we did get little secret reveals along the way. I really liked that we got to know more about Tania and Jordan, specifically Tania's background since this book primarily focuses on her (well, after Heather & Cooper, of course). It was nice to get to know her more as a person instead of the girl with whom Jordan cheated and ended up marrying.I just really enjoyed it all around. I always enjoy a good Heather Wells book and I'm so glad this one kept it going for me. No complaints here!

  • Andrea Guy
    2019-03-12 02:09

    Size 12 and Ready to Rock is a hoot. Heather and her friends and the rest of crew at Fischer Hall aka "The Death Dorm" always make for good reading. If you haven't read any of the Heather Wells Mystery series, I suggest you start soon. This series is one part chick lit and another part mystery.In this book Heather is trying to keep her relationship with her hunky PI landload/boss/ex boyfriend's brother a secret. Things aren't going well there. They aren't going well in Death Dorm either, because her ex boyfriend's wife has her reality show/contest being filmed at New York College. There are 50 wanna be Diva's moving in.It doesn't help matters that a member of the production team ends up dead and from there you see a connection to Tania. Tania is a character you don't want to like, but as her back story starts to unfold, you really start to feel sorry for her and even like her. Jordan on the other hand is still a bit of a douche bag and not a smart one, case in point, he thinks Heather's relationship with his brother is incestuous. Erm....yeah.The book is a little silly at times but that is how this series is. Its fun and lighthearted even when there are dead bodies piling up.My favorite thing about the books are the lyrics at the beginning of each chapter. I really would like to hear someone singing them. Hey Hallmark, want to make these books into films? Those could be fun.Meg's writing style is very visual and full of humor. The girls from Tania's Rock Camp her real doozies. There's one preteen that's really a bitch with a capital "B."This book let you get to know other characters in the series a little better and it introduced a few new characters. I loved the new residence hall director. she was really a fab character.I've finally read all the books in the series. I hope The Bride Wore Size 12 isn't the last book in the series, as I've really loved all of them.

  • Prima patriotika
    2019-03-19 03:20

    Sebelumnya saya kecewa sekali dengan series ke-3 yang berjudul Big Boned (dari ceritanya yang biasa banget dan terjemahannya yang bener-bener bikin garuk-garuk kepala sekaligus gemes), tapi bagi saya yang ke-4 ini cukup mengobati kekecewaan sebelumnya. Kisah dimulai dengan tertembaknya bodyguard Tania Trace (istri dari Jordan yang merupakan mantan pacarnya Heather). Meski tidak sampai meninggal, kejadian itu membuat Tania menjadi terguncang. Selain itu, producer reality show yang akan dibintangi oleh Tania dan Jordan meninggal akibat memakan kue cupcake yang seharusnya ditujukan untuk Tania.Segala teror ini menggerakkan Grant Cartwrigth menyewa jasa cooper (yang padahal anaknya sendiri) untuk menjadi pengawal Tania karena tidak mau kehilangan tambang emas perusahan Cartwright (penyanyi yang menduduki peringkat 1 di billboard).Cerita di novel ini memasukkan penokohan keluarga Cartwright yang aneh-aneh. Cooper yang awal mulanya sudah ingin putus hubungan dengan keluarganya justru hubungannya membaik.Saya salut dengan sifat Heather yang baik hati dan pemaaf. Meski pacarnya direbut oleh Tania, dia tetap berbaik hati menolong Tania bahkan mau lho jadi temen curhatnya Tania. Hubungan Cooper dan Heather juga sudah makin maju. So sweet banget ketika Cooper membelikan cincin pertunangan yang emang modelnya sudah di idam-idamkan Heather.Yah dengan sudah selesainya novel ke-4 ini, berarti saya sudah menghabiskan 5 series Heather Wells.... yang seri ke-5 sudah saya baca duluan dan yang melatarbelakangi saya hunting semua buku Heather karena bikin penasaran.Ada rasa kehilangan juga sih... soalnya saya suka banget penokohan Heather dan Cooper.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-05 03:24

    4.5/5 stars.It's been a long time since I read my last Heather Wells book. So I was super happy to have a new book in the series. Heather is a wonderful strong heroine. I just love her.For those unfamiliar with the story: Heather used to be a pop star. Then her mom stole her money. And now she is the assistant director at a dorm at New York College.When she was a singer she used to date Jordan (boyband singer). Until she found him in bed with Tania Trace (who now has the number 1 song in the country).Heather is now engaged to Jordan's brother, Cooper (who is totally amazing). Cooper is a private detective.Basically in each book we get to see Heather deal with a bunch of problems in the dorm. Plus she has a new mystery to solve.It's sort of a bit mystery and a bit chicklit.In this book Heather is now engaged to Cooper. But they are trying to keep it a secret. I just love Cooper. He is smart, funny and a wonderful pairing for feisty Heather.It was definitely fun to get back into dorm life in this book. And surprisingly I actually got to sort of like Jordan and Tania. They play a big part in this book.And I thought that the mystery Heather had to solve was fun.Overall a great return to a fun series. I am really happy that there is going to be another book in 2013. Can't wait!

  • Dinjolina
    2019-03-14 00:01

    After a five year pause she puts it all the way in June??? Of for the love of...

  • nick
    2019-03-12 05:27

    Read more of my reviews at Nick's Book BlogThe Heather Wells series is one of the funnest and funniest one that I have read from Meg Cabot. The series has murder, mystery, romance and funny moments ! Who wouldn't love it ? When I saw that there would be another book in the series, I was so excited I couldn't wait to get a copy for myself. Then, I saw that it was available on Edelweiss and I almost died out of happiness. I waited 5 years for the release of this book, so you can understand my excitement!It's currently summer break at New York College and Heather Wells, the assistant dorm director should be relaxing and having fun. But things are never easy for Heather. Ficsher Hall is bustling with fifty excited tween girls participating in Tania Trace Teen Rock Camp. Then, the producer of the show winds up dead and Heather comes to the conclusion that Tania Trace, her ex-boyfriend's wife, is the target. Along with Cooper, her new secret fiance, she must try to protect Tania at all costs, but that's not going to be easy.One thing I love in the Heather Wells series is the fantastic and absolutely hilarious cast. I love their dynamics since it's so much fun to read about. Meg Cabot stayed true to herself in this installment as well and I loved the new relationships that were being formed. I, especially, enjoyed Heather's growing friendship with Tania. Cooper and Heather's relationship was also moving forward at a slow pace. They were learning to trust each other and it was so cute how protective they were of each other. Heather was her usual crazy self but you can see that she has grown a lot more mature from the previous books. That woman was so funny I found myself snorting several times. She's so witty and fun that you can't help but love her. Honestly, I'd love to have a friend who's as insane as her. Moreover, I appreciated the fact that previous secondary characters were so much more well-developed. For instance, in the first three books, Tania and Jordan were mostly in the side-lines, but in Size 12 and Ready To Rock, the reader learns a lot more on their personalities and mind-sets. There are also several new characters that were introduced and I think Meg Cabot did a great job at really crafting them and making them well fleshed-out. Overall, the characters in Size 12 and Ready To Rock were a definite fun bunch !The element of mystery that was present in the previous books was missing in this one, since early on the reader is informed about who the criminal is. I've always thought that the fun part in reading a mystery/murder book is slowly figuring out, using the hints scattered throughout the book, the identity of the culprit, so I was a little sad that I couldn't do that with this book. Nevertheless, I did enjoy Heather's adventures. In my opinion, Size 12 and Ready To Rock was mostly about the interactions between the characters. The way the reality show was portrayed sounded very realistic and I enjoyed learning more about what happens behind the scenes in such scenes. Meg Cabot has a really lovable writing style. Her books always manage to draw me in due to her quirky sense of humor. This book was no exception. She's a wonderful and really funny writer and you can't help but adore her books.As an installment in a series, Size 12 and Ready To Rock lived up to my expectations. With it's delightful cast, hilarious situations and interesting plot line, the book will leave you in a very cheerful mood. If you're looking for a cozy mystery with a great set of characters, then I definitely recommend this series!No one can do cozy mystery better than Meg Cabot !

  • Andrea
    2019-02-21 00:08

    Giving this book a 2 is stretching it. After starting the book, I immediately regretted it. The beginning was more of a poorly executed review of the previous 3 novels instead of actual exposition. But, I'm not one to give up on a book once I've started it, so I pushed on.There were definite points in the book where I was reminded why I loved the Heather Wells stories so much when I was in high school (and why I was a fan of Meg Cabot in general). The actual story was interesting, but every time I'd start to think that the writing was rolling along pretty well, something would pop up that didn't gel with the story. Many times, exposition was cut off by Heather's inner monologue or some random piece of information that meant nothing to the story.A big thing that stuck out to me was that Meg seemed to have forced some things from her actual life into this book. Yes, I fully agree that at least a little part of every author is in each of the characters he/she creates, and that some characters contain more of the author than others, but some of the stuff she threw in there went too far. Like, I get that she was trying to bring awareness to a personal problem that she has, but, again, so many better ways it could be executed/worked into the story.Another big thing was that, for me, the first 3 books worked well as a trilogy (at least to my memory... I read the 3rd book in 2008 when I was 16). A lot of my feelings towards this book (and the other sequel that's coming out this year) is that she's trying too hard to milk more out of this story. Similar to how I feel about Maureen Johnson's sequel to 13 Little Blue Envelopes, these sequels are taking away from the readers' imagination. Instead of allowing us to come up with our own versions of the happy endings these characters will have, we're having further stipulations added to cannon and this world.I know that a lot of this review is personal feelings, but as a whole, this was just not a good book. The writing made me question how good the original 3 actually were (I'm afraid of tarnishing the perfect image I have of them in my head by re-reading them...), the author's traits being added to an already established character went too far, and I feel as though Cabot's editor didn't try hard enough at their job.**I'm pretty sure this is the harshest review I've ever given a book, but I'm still pretty inexperienced in the book reviewing department, so we'll see how this goes...

  • Sherri F.
    2019-03-17 05:04

    Audio: 3 to 3.5 stars - #4 in Heather Wells/mystery series. I love this fun, easy read series (Heather is my inner/alter), w/the titles that don't do book or series justice. This installment was still good, esp. ending, but it just wasn't as good as #1-3 were for me, but I'm not sure how much, if any, the audio version played (only 1 of 4 listened vs read). For some series, I feel pretty close to the same regardless if I read or listen, but there's a few that I like reading better or listening better, for any of a number of reasons. Then, also, there was a little less animosity between Heather and some regulars in this one so not sure how much that played a part either. Either way, it was still good and I liked it, just not as much as I devoured the others, esp. the last one-Big Boned. I'm not looking forward to the next one b/c it is the last one so I will have to savor every moment.

  • Shelly
    2019-02-28 23:08

    Straight up and to the point...this book is funny fluff. If you are looking for a serious read, this isn't it. If you are looking for an all around laugh out loud, we're just here to entertain you read, then you've come to the right book.The Heather Wells series is based on a former child pop star who's money was squandered by others and now she works as an assistant director in a college residence hall. Heather is witty and irreverant and isn't afraid to go one step further than she should when solving a mystery.This isn't one of those books where I am going to go on and on about well crafted character development, a plot line to end all plot lines. Nope, and not because there isn't always a good plot line and honestly Heather in and of herself is all the character you need. I'm not going to do all of that because you really just need to pick up the book and enjoy the ride.

  • cloudyskye
    2019-03-04 02:11

    I totally agree with Alex's review of this. While I enjoyed the book, all in all, the Heather-Cooper spark is as good as gone. I knew it! They got together too soon!!!Anyway, I found Tania the best thing about this. No longer a caricature, she was quite relatable. Also Jordan seems to be growing up (slowly).I'll read the last one, if only for closure, but during Heather's and Cooper's talks about children (not wanting any) and eloping (Brangelina they are not! So why the fuss?) I found myself wondering why on earth they bother to get married in the first place? The presents? Sadly, they are already that which I was dreading, another instant old married couple ...I was also hoping for more of Gavin.

  • Samantha
    2019-03-12 04:13

    Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge: a book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit.Location: New York City.I read the first three books in this series years ago and had no idea more had been written. It took a little bit to remember who the characters were and such, but wasn't too difficult (this is chick lit, if you didn't know). Fun story but more fluff than substance. I listened to the audiobook of this, which was probably a mistake and definitely contributed to the two-stars above, because every voice that wasn't Heather Wells (main character) had a Valley girl accent. Which, if you think about it, is not only annoying but wrong -- this takes place in New York City.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-13 07:03

    While reading this book I couldn't decide if I liked it or not, that is something that shouldn't happen with a book. I was really excited to read this book, especially since it's been a few years since the last one came out. It was a let down. I didn't like the way they set up the "mystery" but it wasn't even really a mystery. They knew from the beginning what was going on and who was responsible. This book's main focus was the interpersonal relationships between the characters and that is not what I am looking for in a mystery novel.

  • Katherine
    2019-03-08 01:58

    I thought the heather wells books series was great and can't wait for this ones release

  • Geenah A.
    2019-03-08 06:18

    More like Size 12 and Ready to Stall. It's been a few years since I last read the previous books of this series. I remember really loving the first and second book, finding it really intriguing and charming I had not been able to put them down. The honeymoon is over for me and Heather, it seems. I though the third book, Big Boned, was ok, but the ending seemed not only rushed, but forced with Cooper admitting his love, making love to her, and proposing to Heather in one swift motion. It seemed like Meg Cabot just wanted to get the book over and done with and, even though it was planned for them to get together, it seems like she was totally dispassioned with their budding romance and consummated it only to satisfy popular demand.I should've known Size 12 and Ready to Rock was going to pick up straight from that. My biggest issue with this book was that Meg Cabot really did seem like she just wanted to punch out this book to satisfy the deadline for the publishers. It is incredibly shoddily written. The most glaring crime against literature? It's not only after HALF of the book has transpired that we actually get a plot line happening.First we're treated to a pointless scene where New York College film student and Fischer Hall (lovingly called Death Dorm because of all the deaths and murders it has infamously hosted) resident Gavin and his girlfriend Jamie (who was introduced in Big Boned as a scapegoat that would end the subplot of Gavin's impossible crush on Heather by becoming his girlfriend) are having a paintball war in one of the buildings being renovated. I thought that would mean that Gavin would have an important presence in this book like he's had in the three previous books. That's not the case, however. He's used merely as exposition to have Heather and later Cooper go over the events of the previous three books in a casual, conversational way. It may be a personal pet peeve, but I abhor these types of scenes in book series. Cabot is no friend of moderation since she goes on these huge tangents that explain all the backstory related to Heather's job and her now defunct performing career all of which don't really matter in the plot of this book.After some really pointless dialogue between Heather, Cooper, Gavin, and Jamie, we finally see a peek of the real plot: Tania Trace (basically Katy Perry/any other random female pop star) is in the top floor, the penthouse suite owned by the college's president, along with her husband Jordan Cartwright (Cooper's brother and Heather's former fiancee), Stephanie (stereotypical TV producer) and Christopher Allington (hanger-on, basically). Tania's just witnessed her bodyguard Bear get shot. This is danced around endlessly by everyone involved. They also mention the filming of a Newlyweds type of reality show starring Tania and Jordan. What stuck out to me was how matter-of-factly everything was mentioned in this scene. It really seemed like Cabot had written out an outline of events that read as follows:a. Allington penthouse suiteb. Christopher uses it without his parents' consentc. Jordan and Tania appearsd. Mention reality showe. have paramedics arrivef. mention Bear's shootingg. MORE EXPOSITIONAnd more exposition we get once everybody steps out into the balcony we get treated to a strange scene where, for some reason, Cooper and Heather are not obsessing over the shooting, but start talking to Stephanie, a woman that has been narrated to be unpleasant, personal stuff regarding the monetary relationship Heather has with Cartwright Records (nonexistent since they wrote her contract specifically to prevent her from getting royalties) and her estranged mother who used her as a cash cow. Then they reveal to Stephanie that they (Cooper and Heather) are engaged, something they had been keeping secret. It is a strange scene because who the hell talks like that? So freely, so matter-of-factly with someone they have just met and have expressed annoyance from. It makes no sense. So jumping ahead, the action starts picking up halfway through the book when one of the producer dies because of food Tania was sent by what was believed to be a fan. And from then on Cabot has to fast-forward the action because now that he's halfway done with the book she has put in so much filler that she no longer needs to fluff up the relevant storyline or create complications for the characters. So all we get is the conflict, a glimpse to Tania's past, a peek at the reality show (Tania Trace Rock Camp), some bitchy 15-year-old which was mentioned so much that I thought was going to be important to the plot but wasn't, and resolution. All in one swift motion.I gave it two stars because the second half was pretty enjoyable to read, even though it was horribly rushed. I wished Cabot cared about her characters as much as I grew to care for them during book 1 and 2 to have written a better book. The second star is really for potential because inside their bubblegum genre, I do believe Heather Wells has potential to be something better.My affection for the characters, though, cannot hide some obvious shoddiness in the book, though. Aside from the fact that we waste half a book on pointless exposition and boring dialogue, it was also inaccurate. I didn't particularly enjoy the way Cabot portrayed people of color. Even though they're good guys, they do seem kind of painted with a broad brush and used as decorated over depth. I hate to say it, but they really do seem like characters written by a white girl whose only connections to latinos and blacks is through maids and other blue collar jobs. It's not like Cabot needs to omit people of color from her narrative or turn the Heather Wells books into a race and gender essay, but she can at least not be lazy enough to make Heather's Miss Mexico doll wear her native flamenco outfit. Flamenco. Miss Mexico. Seems to me like Meg Cabot needs to read the Wikipedia article that clearly states that flamenco is a Spanish dance. So really, Miss Mexico ought to be Miss Spain. Why was that so hard? She even references the doll's "Spanish hat" and "Spanish comb." Obviously, Ms. Cabot, neither the hat nor the comb can speak Spanish or any other language, so the reason the word "Spanish" is part of their description is because they come from SPAIN. I realize it shouldn't bother me this much, but it does. I'm not even Mexican yet I not only find it, if not offensive, at least dismissive of a culture. Even if you're not offended by this, it should offend you that she literally was not even bothered to double check this piece of information in Wikipedia before hastily finishing up her book and sending it to the publishers so we could shell out the $7 to buy it. It just seems like a lack of respect for the people reading this book. The book's title was also a source of confusion. It has no real connection to the plot. Heather doesn't seem more "ready to rock" that she has been in the previous three books. Big Boned kind of hinted that she might've been ready to rock since she got onstage and performed one of the songs penned by Cabot (all terrible, might I add. I usually skip the song lyrics she includes at the beginning of each chapter because not only are they terrible, but they also don't add anything at all to the story) but she does none of that in this book and doesn't even mention it. And last but not least, it is starting to irritate me how, no matter what happens, we need to hear Heather whining about her weight. I know it's kind of this series' "thing" and everything, but it's starting to be stupid. I mean, Heather has had Cooper, Jordan, Gavin, and that random dude she dated in Big Boned after her. She is also liked by damn near everybody around her. The woman is surrounded by a faithful group of friends, there's proof she's gorgeous, and has a handsome fiancee head-over-heels for her. Surely we can all get over the fact she's a size 12? It's just starting to read like a ploy to get big girls to buy this book. Also, it is SO unrealistic. Heather does nothing but obsess over food and is constantly complaining about her weight. No matter what she does, her weight is working against her (even if it's only in her mind). The insecurity that comes with being overweight is exaggerated and blown out of proportion by an author who has clearly never been overweight a day in her life.

  • Alaina Meserole
    2019-03-02 05:25

    Pretty sure Size 12 and Ready to Rock is my absolute favorite within this series. I was so fucking happy with the ending. I was actually jumping up and down fangirling and going completely ape shit. I loved everything about this book! It was just that good and meeting Cooper's family was highly entertaining. Jessica is probably my favorite sibling of all and I want to kidnap her and make her my best friend. Cooper was completely wonderful in this book and I just adore him with Heather. I seriously can't wait for the next book - I just want to read about (view spoiler)[THE GOD DAMN WEDDING AREADY! (hide spoiler)]

  • Mary H
    2019-03-20 07:12

    Still a solid installment, but it's not my favorite of the Heather Wells series. And the narrator, who I really liked for Size 12 is Not Fat and Big Boned gave two regular characters weird accents this time that they didn't have in the previous books so I don't know what was going on there. Thankfully Coop is around WAY more, which I always love.

  • Carrie
    2019-03-14 03:10

    I love this series. I appreciate it even more since I work in higher head but it's chic lit with a mystery. It's a fun summer read. I can't get enough of them. Don't take them too seriously and just enjoy.

  • Crystal Hart
    2019-03-10 01:04

    I liked the other books but just couldn't get going with this one. I guess I wasn't in the mood for it this time. I'll try it again later.

  • Lisarenee
    2019-03-02 07:19

    Heather Wells has been through a lot. Once a pop music teen sensation, she hit a downward spiral that landed her broke, abandoned, and without a place to live or a job. Eventually she managed to get back on her feet and is now the assistant director of Fischer Residence Hall for New York City College attempting to get a degree when she is just shy of 30. She's slowly pieced her life back together and is recently engaged. Just when things start looking just about perfect her ex-boyfriend, Jordan, and his new wife, Tania, show up on campus.The two are producing a reality TV show called the Tania Trace Rock Camp. As the name implies it's a music camp. The camp is for a group of talented hand picked 14 to 16 year old girls and it's going to be held in the very residence hall that Heather is in charge of. Coincidence? Not by a long shot, the camp originally was to take place in the Catskills. Someone is attempting to kill Tania, the woman who ultimately ended Heather's 10 year relationship with Jordan when she found the two in bed. Amidst all the chaos and confusion an invading television reality show with rebellious and spoiled teenage girls can bring, she and Cooper, her fiance, try to find who is behind the death threats and keep Tania and everyone else safe.If all that wasn't enough Heather and Cooper still haven't broken the news their engagement to his family. Things are bound to get awkward because Jordan, Jean's ex-boyfriend, is Cooper's younger brother.__________________________This was a very fun read. I hadn't read any of the Heather Wells Mystery series before, but didn't feel lost at all. I loved the characters especially Heather and the way no matter what was thrown at her she kept her cool. She has a good head on her shoulders and seems to have a good perspective on life.When Heather and Cooper first come across Jordan and Tania they find out her bodyguard has been shot. While they play it off as just being in the wrong place at the wrong time, we quickly learn someone is trying to kill Tania when her field producer, Jared, is murdered. With a little digging Heather finds out Tania has a secret she doesn't want to get out that is coming back to haunt or perhaps more accurately hunt her. So throughout the story people are on high alert for the killer who appears to have a chameleon like ability to blend in with his or her surroundings.Cooper, who is now a fully licensed private detective is hired by his family's company, Cartwright Records Television, to protect Tania. So while Heather attempts to get everything ready for the campers who will be invading her Residence Hall, Cooper is protecting his sister-in-law. As you can imagine given Heather's past with Tania, she still has some fears of her stealing Cooper.Overall I gave this 4 out of 5 roses. It kept my attention and had a nice amount of humor mixed in to the mystery. Heather and company seemed to have a 3 dimensional quality to them that made the book that much more entertaining and enjoyable. I actually just put the first 2 books of the series on hold at my library and need to figure out how to fit them into my reading schedule.

  • Eugenia
    2019-03-20 00:26

    Ini buku yang paling saya sukai diantara seri Heather Wells misteri. Kenapa?Mungkin karena Cooper yang udah jadian sama Heather :) Selebihnya, karena saya benar-benar menyukai karakter Heather - yang selalu peduli dan rela berkorban untuk orang lain, tak peduli dulu orang itu pernah menyakitinya atau bahkan membuat hidupnya "agak-agak" hancur.Kasus kali ini seru banget. Soalnya selain asrama, masih ada tambahan gadis-gadis remaja heboh yang "sulit" dikendalikan, para orang tua yang terlalu sok mengatur, daaan ancaman di sana-sini.Selain tegang, perut berasa melilit tiap scene si Tania..secara gitu yaaa, dia yang merebut Jordan. Tapi yah, kalau nggak gitu kan Heather nggak bakal sama Cooper, ya? (Ini apa sih haha)“Putus cinta memang berat,” kataku. Tapi semakin hari semakin ringan, sampai suatu hari kau bertemu seseorang yang membuatmu melupakan segala hal tentang orang satunya, dan kau sadar bahwa putus cinta adalah hal terbaik yang pernah terjadi kepadamu.” Heather – hal. 255.Yang ngomong-ngomong, justru bikin hubungan mereka berempat jadi menarik sekaligus aneh. Haha.Eh salah, Meg Cabot pintar bikin sebab-akibat untuk latar belakang setiap karakter. Tahu kan prinsip itu? Kalau nggak ada baik atau jahat, semua itu baik - selalu ada alasan untuk setiap perbuatan. Coba pahami.Kata mentor acara edukasi kemarin, ini judulnya deep thinking. (Loh, malah melebar kemana-mana ya. Maafkan.)Saya paling suka bab-bab terakhir.. Cooper yang sebenernya sweet (cuma punya cara sendiri buat nunjukkinnya) dan pembicaraan tentang keluarga.“”Menjadi orang tua adalah pekerjaan paling sulit dan paling menuntut di seluruh dunia,” ujar Cooper. “Bahkan seandainya dilakukan dengan benar, tetap saja anakmu bisa tumbuh seperti … yah, kurasa selama beberapa minggu terakhir kita berdua melihat cukup banyak bukti, anak seperti apa yang bisa kaumiliki. Menurutku hal terburuk yang bisa dilakukan seseorang adalah punya anak karena beranggapan itulah yang diharapkan dari mereka, atau karena itulah yang dilakukan semua orang, atau karena mereka tak tahu mesti berbuat apa lagi dengan hidup mereka. Kalau sudah memutuskan untuk punya anak, kau harus berkomitmen seratus persen pada pekerjaan itu.” Cooper, hal. 343-344.“Heather, tak seorang pun boleh punya anak dengan tujuan agar ada yang membiayai mereka di hari tua. Itu salah satu alasan terburuk untuk punya bayi … hampir sama buruknya dengan punya bayi untuk menyelamatkan pernikahan. Orang seharusnya membiayai diri mereka sendiri.” Cooper, hal. 344.Yuph, satu bagian yang mewarnai cerita kali ini diagnosis Heather yang ternyata sulit untuk memiliki anak. Tapi, bukan berarti kasus tak terpecahkan ;)Jadi, selamat membaca, ya!\(^-^)/

  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    2019-03-18 04:00

    Welcome to the world of Heather Wells, the new assistant residence hall director for New York College and former pop teen sensation who once more finds that hoping for a nice quiet summer off, isn't going to happen. When she is called by the campus police late one evening for a report of late night partying and an apparent unconscious student, her new life is about to go through the roof. When she learns that the vacant school's building is being used for a paintball party, she immediately tries to get things under control, thanks to her new fiancee' Cooper Cartwright.While they round up the paint ball teams, Heather learns that the penthouse of the President is now being used for a filming of the husband-wife reality show, Jordan Loves Tania without her knowledge or permission. Seems her ex-boyfriend Jordan is working with Christopher Allington, the son of the college president to loan them the use of the penthouse to wrap up filming of their reality show episode. It seems that earlier in the evening, Tania Trace, best selling pop recording artist was the victim of a random shooting that has injured her bodyguard and left a pregnant Tania, worse for wear. She learns this is the emergency call that was placed for the unconscious person on campus.As Heather tries to gain control over the chaos on campus, she will soon learn that it will be the new home of the summer camp for Tania Trace's Rock Camp that will host 50 teenage girls between the ages of 14-16 years old to empower them through music education and to provide them with opportunities to express themselves creatively through singing, song writing and performing since their previous location in the Catskills was cancelled.Now as Heather tries to manage working through a bunch of arrogant music producers that are hosting this camp, she also has to deal with a newly appointed director of the residence hall, Lisa Wu who is more than perky but also way younger than Heather. Not to mention that someone is still out to murder Tania. This will truly be an unforgettable summer for Heather.I received Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins for my honest review. Having read previous books from Meg Cabot, I leaped into wanting to add this to my summer reading list. It is a bit risky for this as a young adult novel, even though it is the 4th book in the Heather Wells series. There are some strong subject matters dealing with sexual content and profanity that may cause some readers to be concerned and for that reason offer a rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on my book rating standards. Overall the story has a great plot line and for those looking for an unusual suspense fiction, this one may just fit the bill.

  •  Marla
    2019-02-20 04:22

    Death dorm claims another life. Over the summer, Tania Trace, Heather's ex's superstar wife, hosts 50 young teen divas in Death Dorm, er, Fischer Hall.Romance was better in this book, but teens were annoying and mothers were worse. Way too much estrogen in this book for me.Likes:* Cooper Cartwright is just such a cool guy* Heather Wells, not just forgiving boyfriend stealer, Tania Trace, but helping and protecting her(view spoiler)[* Lisa Woo, Heather's new resident director and boss, sounds fun and cool (I hope she doesn't die)* Jordan Cartwright being attentive to Tania Trace when she's pregnant and upset* Ben Cartwright and family asks estranged, rebel son, Cooper to use his skills to protect Tania Trace* Cooper and Jordan's freaky twin sisters, Nicole and Jessica, were bizarre* Pink greyhound drinks sounded yummy (pink grapefruit juice and vodka)* Offensive lyrics of Nicole's original songs were offensive but entertaining in a "watching a train wreck" sort of way* Confrontation with villain, Robert Hall* Cooper's surprise and his response to Heather's possible infertility (hide spoiler)]Dislikes:* Voices for Stephanie & Muffy & Gavin were a little grating* Why does Heather and Cooper's engagement need to stay secret? If I didn't like and trust Cooper, I'd say that he was playing Heather* Chris Allerton is still his annoying, spoiled, irresponsible self(view spoiler)[* Beautiful faux vegan cupcakes poisoned with rat poison* Tania's secret was creepy and disturbing* How could a superstar's secret scandalous marriage not be discovered?* Tania Trace's Teen Rock Camp sounds boring* Didn't hear much about Lisa Woo after meeting her* What exactly was the murderer trying to accomplish? Scare Tania into paying him more money by killing or threatening people around her? (hide spoiler)]With-reservations:some language, suggestive comments, violence, irresponsible college behavior, underage drinking, illegal drugs, casual sex, poison, blackmail, murderAntiques -> sapphire ring in antique shop window