Size 12 is not fat. I believe this to be true, as does Heather Wells—former teen pop idol—in Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot. The Meg Cabot who wrote The Princess Diaries? Yes, that Meg Cabot. It may seem as if Cabot is making a giant leap here, venturing from a YA series about modern princesses and the like to an adult series about a former pop star turned crime solving residence hall assistant. Okay, maybe it’s not that giant a leap, but Size 12 is successful in bridging the gap between YA and, well, A.
After her mother runs off with her money and her manager, and her fellow famous pop heartthrob fiancé cheats on her, Heather Wells is forced to make her own way in the world. Fortunately Jordan, her now ex-fiancé, has a “black sheep” brother willing to take her on as a roommate in his (inherited) Manhattan brownstone—that is, in exchange for doing his “books.” Cooper, true to “black sheep” form, is a licensed private investigator and an organizational disaster.
Though no one can believe it, Heather is truly happy with her new life. She loves Cooper… rather, her living situation with Cooper. Obviously she can’t be in love with her ex-fiancé’s brother. And she loves her job at the residence hall—even when a girl is found dead at the bottom of an elevator shaft—a mystery she is determined to solve with or without anyone else’s help. She will not have students dying on her watch!
Size 12 is a fun ride with a fun heroine, while also teaching us a valuable lesson—that you can start over. And that there are more important things in life than what size you wear or how famous you are — things like the ability to think for yourself and stand on your own two feet — lessons important for all women, YA and A alike, to learn, and to take to heart.