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The Bride Wore Size 12 (Heather Wells Series #5)

The Bride Wore Size 12 (Heather Wells Series #5)

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by Meg Cabot

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Heather Wells is used to having her cake and eating it too, but this time her cake just might be cooked. Her wedding cake, that is.

With her upcoming nuptials to PI Cooper Cartwright only weeks away, Heather's already stressed. And when a pretty junior turns up dead, Heather's sure things can't get worse—until every student in the dorm where she


Heather Wells is used to having her cake and eating it too, but this time her cake just might be cooked. Her wedding cake, that is.

With her upcoming nuptials to PI Cooper Cartwright only weeks away, Heather's already stressed. And when a pretty junior turns up dead, Heather's sure things can't get worse—until every student in the dorm where she works is a possible suspect, and Heather's long-lost mother shows up.

Heather has no time for a tearful mother and bride reunion. She has a wedding to pull off and a murder to solve. Instead of wedding bells, she might be hearing wedding bullets, but she's determined to bring the bad guys to justice if it's the last thing she does . . . and this time, it just might be.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Cabot neatly blends crime, humor, and a touch of romance in her fifth Heather Wells whodunit (after 2012’s Size 12 and Ready to Rock). While handling the demands of freshmen orientation at Manhattan’s New York College, Heather also listens to parental complaints about room assignments at Fischer Hall, the student residence where she works as a supervisor. Recently popularized by the arrival of Crown Prince Rashid, Fischer Hall is also the site of the untimely death of a new resident adviser, Jasmine Albright. Heather works to fit together the pieces of the puzzle in Jasmine’s demise even as she continues to plan for her upcoming wedding to her dreamy fiancé, Cooper Cartwright. Multidimensional characters, from the dorm handyman to the arrogant yet elusive prince, are a plus, but it’s the simmering mystery behind the suspicious death that propels this installment to its surprising conclusion. Agent: Laura Langlie, Laura Langlie Agency. (Oct.)
“an exciting mystery and a surprisingly funny caper.”
“Cabot’s Size 12 series, about teen-pop-star-turned-plump-dorm-director Heather Wells, is delightful. [...] Wells – an amateur sleuth on top of everything else – finds herself in familiar crime-solving territory. It’s a delicious mix.”
Library Journal
Young fans of Cabot's YA "Princess Diaries" series have followed her straight into their twenties, making her "New Adult" Heather Wells series a big hit. Here, Heather is anticipating her wedding to PI Cooper Cartwright when her wedding planner disappears, a pretty first-year student living in the dorm where Heather works turns up dead after an all-night party, and Heather's estranged mother turns up joyfully. With a 100,000-copy first printing.
Kirkus Reviews
In this sequel to Size 12 Is Not Fat (2005), ex–pop star Heather Wells is about to get married, if only she can stop the murderer in the dorm. Having been bilked out of her teeny-bopper fortune by her mother, and having lost fame to younger musical upstarts, Heather is rebuilding her life at New York College. It is the end of the summer, and Heather is an assistant director at Fischer Hall, organizing the work schedule for the resident advisers and preparing for the incoming freshmen and all their attendant complaints. Meanwhile, she's planning for a gala wedding, at the Plaza no less, to Cooper Cartwright, a private detective who also happens to be a media heir. Too bad one of the RAs ends up dead. Alcohol poisoning? Asthma? Murder? When the medical examiner confirms foul play, Heather begins investigating (she is a criminology major, after all) but not without the inherent risks--the murderer may want to shut her up too. Perhaps everything can be traced back to Fischer Hall's newest resident, "Rascally" Prince Rashid of Qalif, whose hard partying ways, menacing bodyguards and penchant for beautiful coeds could bring shame to the king if word got out. Meanwhile, Heather is trying to keep calm in the face of familial discord: In an attempt to heal the rift, Cooper's sister Nicole invites Heather's mother to the wedding. Now Heather is furious with both Nicole and her mother, who is hoping to move in with a less-than-forgiving daughter. Cabot, a megastar in the YA market, has written a number of novels for adults, but this feels misconceived--it's light and superficial yet concerns murder and sex. Though 30, Heather behaves like the teenagers she's in charge of, making this whole concoction feel like an aspirational novel for a 16-year-old. A flimsy romance tied to a flaccid murder mystery.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Heather Wells Series , #5
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5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction The Princess Diaries and The Mediator series. Over 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.

Brief Biography

New York, New York
Place of Birth:
Bloomington, Indiana
B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

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The Bride Wore Size 12: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
SJMusk More than 1 year ago
Heather Wells is one of my favorite characters.  While she prepares for her wedding she deals with the murder of one student and the attempted murder of another, as well as the new resident Prince and her mother.  This is a fun read, if you have read this series I suggest you start with the first book Size 12 Is Not Fat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meg cabot is one of my favorite authors and this series is an amazing example of her great work HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recomomend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finshed the series...hope there are more to come
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Heather Wells series! Even tho they are murder mysteries they are funny and light-hearted. This one had a very happy ending. Loved it.
clahain1 More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Cabot's Healther Wells mysteries. This is the best of the series in my opinion. The books are all light and fun with a nice balance of tension and romance. However, this is the first one where the mystery is weighty enough to hold its own. Heather Wells, former pop-singing sensation turned residence hall director at a fictional version of NYU, is finally planning her wedding to her private eye boyfriend, Cooper. Of course, a semester can't go by without at least one person dying in Fischer Hall. This time it's one of the new undergraduate RAs. The death touches off a potential international incident thanks to the presence of the pampered scion of a Middle Eastern monarch. Half the school is trying to impress the kid, the other half is protesting against him. Also, he brings along with him private AND government security details that obstruct Heather's investigation. The cherry on this cake? Heather's mother--the woman who ran off with her millions a decade before--pops up bringing even more trouble. Will Heather make it down the aisle, or is her wedding going to be upstaged by her funeral? I loved that Cabot brought together all of our favorite characters from Heather's world. Glitzy Magda the cafeteria lady, annoying social activist Sarah, Heather-worshiping film student Gavin, Crusty detective Canavan--they're all here (along with many others) causing Heather grief and picking her up at her lowest moments. Cabot does a great job plotting the novel. The pacing is right on point, with the story moving quickly but  providing enough clues and red herrings to get your teeth into. The identity of the killer took me by surprise. When the truth finally comes out, it works really well. So if you want to go back to college and have a lot more fun than you did the first time around, you'll enjoy this book.
BNreader56SC More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Heather Wells you must read this satisfying addition to Meg Cabot's popular series. In this latest installment, Heather juggles wedding preparations and another "incident" in the death dorm while smoothing over the drama in the personal lives of her students, co workers, and family members. Fans of the series will get the satisfying end they long for and enjoy the ride along the way. Meg Cabot again provides us with relatable characters and her trademark humor. Enjoy.
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
I grew up on Meg Cabot's books. The Princess Diaries, All-American Girl, Avalon High, The Mediator... these are the novels that shaped my love for the young adult genre, which was why I jumped on the chance to review the newest book in her most popular adult fiction series. The Heather Wells Mysteries have been around for quite a while, but in this most recent installment, the quirky, lovable heroine is back, and she's getting married—but that doesn't mean things will be calming down for her. In fact, it's just the opposite; when a student in her residence hall turns up dead even before classes start at New York College, she'll have to use her resources—and her wits—to get to the bottom of the fishy business going on in Fischer Hall—and save her wedding. The Bride Wore Size 12 is true to Cabot's hilarious, pitch-perfect style. Impossible to put down and funny to the core, it's fabulously misleading and unpredictable until that one moment when the truth will click and everything rushes together. While it will have you at the edge of your seat and your heart pounding erratically throughout, I consider it a triumphant flourish of a feel-good novel—because just reading it will definitely make you a happier person. Heather is a delightful narrator—both likable and genuine! I love how she's hard-working, clumsy (there's a little bit of each of us in her personality!), but still super sharp. What I admire so much is how, even though she never strays far from her beliefs and herself, she still has vulnerabilities and tenderness that make her so human. Empowered by the people who love and care for her at her side—as well as the thought of finally marrying the man of her dreams—she is able to plow through any problem that's headed her way, including the unfortunate incident among the students and an unpleasant reminder of her past. I was also extremely impressed by how true-to-life the university backdrop of the novel was, as Cabot's fictional settings tend to be. It's SO realistic, and I can vouch for this with certainty because there are exact parallels with my own college; Meg Cabot definitely outdid herself with creating a "typical" college campus. I did feel like some of the mystery scenarios aren't as realistic, such as how easily Heather is able to get information from security and the police, but those are little logistics. For a mystery novel with less gravity than most, however, that wasn't too big an issue. Although this book is the 5th in the series, it makes a phenomenal standalone novel. I had no problem following, even without having read the previous books. However, now my curiosity is piqued to actually try them—that's how much I loved this one! Pros: Heather is such a likable heroine // Cooper is dreamy // College is realistically described // Breezily hysterical // Very effortless readability // Every single character is vivid and so well portrayed, even the villains and minor characters! // Cute contemporary tone // Murder mystery is actually well plotted and suspenseful Cons: Not as much romance as I would have liked, but I'm guessing the previous novels have more of Heather and Cooper! // Slightly unrealistic depiction of a murder case Verdict: The latest pickle Heather Wells gets herself into perfectly demonstrates the magic of Meg Cabot; the story the acclaimed author creates is addicting, suspenseful but still light-hearted, and one of those books you just hate to put down. The snarky yet compassionate, tongue-in-cheek yet sincere, and entertaining yet straightforward tone dictates a college-set murder investigation in this contemporary cozy mystery. If you're looking for a new adult novel with substance and style—as well as a good laugh—don't miss out on The Bride Wore Size 12 and the entire series. Rating: 8 out of 10 hearts (4 stars): An engaging read; highly recommended. Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher via tour publicist in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Harper Collins and TLC!).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this book THAT GOOD! And does it have anything bad in it?
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This book was just as good as the first !!
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CestMoi74 More than 1 year ago
Meg Cabot's last Heather Wells mystery may just be her best one yet !! Loved it :-) Great ending.. DYING for the next!
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