Heather Wells series by Meg Cabot
Heather Wells rocks!
Or, at least, she did. That was before she left the pop-idol life behind after she gained a dress size or two — and lost a boyfriend, a recording contract, and her life savings (when Mom took the money and ran off to Argentina). Now that the glamour and glory days of endless mall appearances are in the past, Heather’s perfectly happy with her new size 12 shape (the average for the American woman!) and her new job as an assistant dorm director at one of New York’s top colleges. That is, until the dead body of a female student from Heather’s residence hall is discovered at the bottom of an elevator shaft.
The cops and the college president are ready to chalk the death off as an accident, the result of reckless youthful mischief. But Heather knowsteenage girls … and girls do not elevator surf. Yet no one wants to listen — not the police, her colleagues, or the P.I. who owns the brownstone where she lives — even when more students start turning up dead in equally ordinary and subtly sinister ways. So Heather makes the decision to take on yet another new career: as spunky girl detective!
But her new job comes with few benefits, no cheering crowds, and lots of liabilities, some of them potentially fatal. And nothing ticks off a killer more than a portly ex-pop star who’s sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong …
I don’t know anyone else who has read these books and that’s honestly a shame! I think these are very underrated and word about them should spread! With all the YA going around here constantly, I thought I’d make a recommendation post that was for YA readers, but not about YA books. Ya dig?
So if you like the funnies of Sophie Kinsella and the cute not-really-a-mystery-but-they’re-gonna-market-it-as-one-anyway easiness of Stephanie Plum then these are for you! Heather Wells is a wonderful lead character: a bigger girl who isn’t afraid to like the things she likes, eat a shit ton of food, and is kinda stuck in her life. She’s super-relatable because she has problems/confidence-issues with real life things! She’s not perfect, and it’s wonderful. She makes me laugh and I am thankful a character like her exists.
The plot is nothing crazy. It’s pretty easy to figure out and yes gets silly at times. But it’s a fast read and entertaining as shit. And the writing – while cutesy – does hold it’s own, imo!
Basically if you’re looking for a fantastic work of literature don’t go here. If you’re looking for adult fluff then yes try these. 🙂