Heather Wells couldn’t be more of a chicklit prototype: a former pop star (glamour, check) with weight issues (relatability, check) and a penchant for running into murder mysteries (plot device, check). In Big Boned, Meg Cabot’s third Wells book, she applies her plucky resolve to determine who shot her boss at New York College, where she staffs a residence hall plagued by suspicious deaths. Yet the question of whether she’ll choose her new math teacher beau or longtime roommate crush seems far weightier. In other words, Big Boned is as substantive as the whipped cream on Heather’s waffles — but no harm in satisfying a craving. B-
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