From the utter genius who brought us the Princess Diaries- the books not the movie. Although the movie is one of the few Disney Productions good for both kids and parents. But the books- the books are magical- the characters much stronger and well rounded. The grandmother makes me laugh my ass off.
Meg Cabot is one of those amazing authors that can cross the line between teen writing and adult writing and back again. The Heather Wells series is just one example. Fairly clean- these books are entertaining enough to read as an adult but safe to share with the teenager.
Size 12 Is Not Fat: A Heather Wells Mystery- Heather, a former pop star has had her share of disappointments. Dropped by her record label and boyfriend, her miseries are further compounded when her mom takes off for parts unknown with her manager and all of Heather's money. Finding a job at NYU as a residence hall assistant director and a home with ex-finance's brother Cooper, Heather settles into her new life until there's a mysterious death of one of student body. She alone is convinced this death was no accident.
Size 14 Is Not Fat Either-Heather's back- still at NYU when all hell breaks loose when a cheerleader's decapitated head is found in a stewpot in the cafeteria. Ewww! What's worse is the release of her estranged father after serving a lengthy fraud sentence in white collar prison looking to renew their relationship. Between her crush on Cooper and drug-dealing aristo-brats is it any wonder she has to mainline Dove ice cream bars?
Big Boned- The last installation of the Heather Wells series- Meg doesn't disappoint, Heather is still the witty, crazy, wonderful character with a new 'for now' male friend. Convinced Cooper will never put up the goods Heather moves onto her math professor Tad despite the fact he is an exercising vegan. When her new boss is found murdered, Heather has no choice but to figure out who dun it.
Heather is a fun, fantastic character with the same insecurities we all have. She picks herself up after a series of unfortunate events that would make anyone want to head to Mexico for a permanent vaction. The supporting cast of characters make the books however. These are an incredibly fun read.