Sunday, April 27, 2008

Size 14 Is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot

Genre: Fiction - Chick lit
Publisher: Avon Trade, 2006
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Rating: D, or Good Idea Bad Execution
Premise: Heather Wells works at a university in the housing office. A popular girl goes missing one day, and Heather is on the job to find out what's happened to her, whilst fighting and giving in to her food cravings.

I picked up this book because it's the only one the library had at the time (all others were checked out) by Meg Cabot. My husband and I went on a cruise and I wanted some "junkfood" reading for the pool deck. =) I quite liked the other Meg Cabot book I read, so I thought this one looked promising.

Unfortunately... I turned out to be dead wrong. The ultimate stomach disturbance and regret from the Big Mac inevitably came upon me. This book was so stupid, it felt like a major waste of time. And that's not because I "can't" appreciate junkfood, I most certainly can. (Bring on the sour cream and onion Lay's and the Ben and Jerry's.) However, this was no Ben or Jerry. It was more like a stale Peep. +/-

At first, the story definitely had a little charm. Washed up tween star makes it in the big city as a dorm supervisor for a local college and lives with a nice guy, whom she has a major cruch on, rent free. However, that's where the charm ends and the Bowinkle moments begin. Not only was the story completely hap-hazard and beyond my suspension of disbelief, but it was very poorly written. It was downright lazy and sloppy. I cannot do sloppy, not even in junkfood books.

For example, Heather states that she has closed her eyes. Then she talks to her friend, and he says something to her. She says that he looks sad. Then, she says, she opens her eyes. So... tell me, how is it that you can see that your friend looks sad? Through your gecko-like see-through eyelids? Where is your EDITOR! Lazy, lazy, sloppy, and lazy. Ick. The book is chuck full of these blunders.

That may seem picky to you, but even if that were the only thing, the book would be nowhere near publish-worthy in my opinion. Storyline is a mess, character development poor, etc. etc., I could go on all day. The worst part is, I did not even have that high of expectation going into this book, so I am sorely disappointed.

Needless to say, I'm all set with Heather Wells.

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