Author: Meg Cabot
Release Date: July 2012
Published By: William Morrow
Goodreads Rating: 3.74 stars
Review: Just because it's summer at New York College doesn't mean assistant residence hall director Heather Wells can relax. Fischer Hall is busier than ever, filled with squealing teenage attendants of the first ever Tania Trace Teen Rock Camp. But the real headache begins when the producer of a reality TV show starring Tania - who just happens to be newly married to Heather's ex-boyfriend Jordan Cartwright - winds up dead . . . and it's clear that the star was the intended victim.
I didn't realize until a bit into SIZE 12 AND READY TO ROCK that there are other books preceding this one, but luckily I found that it didn't seem to detract from my reading experience at all. It seems that regardless of which Heather Wells book you plunge head-first into, there's always plenty to love, especially, in my opinion, Heather's wonderfully snarky voice. I love a strong female protagonist who's not afraid to tone down the wit, and that's exactly the kind of voice leaking off every page.
In addition to Heather's great voice, the other characters all had wonderfully written personalities as well. By this I don't mean they were all necessarily likeable - a mystery with all likeable characters wouldn't be very fun at all - but they all came across as three-dimensional and realistic. They seemed almost like real people who could step off the page at any moment, and their relationships were filled with fun, naivety, and emotion.
Of course, you can't write a review of a mystery without actually addressing the mystery. Much of the background of this book felt like how you would set up a chick lit, with spunky characters and complicated relationships, but then Meg Cabot brought in the murder element and everything took on a different tone. The mystery was well-written, suspenseful enough to keep me turning pages and questioning who the killer is, and the final reveal was done very well.
This was the first Meg Cabot book for adults I've ever read, and I was not disappointed in the least. From the excellent cast of characters to the suspenseful mystery, this novel will keep you on your tones. It wasn't anything world-shattering, but it's the kind of book with a feel-good touch to it. If you're looking for a fun book to relax with that isn't trite, SIZE 12 AND READY TO ROCK is perfect.