Big Boned by Meg Cabot

Spoiler Alert!  I’m sorry, I can’t talk about this book without giving away some major details.  After reading the first two books in the series, I had mixed feelings—but I was really enjoying the third entry until the last few pages.  What really, really disappointed me was the fast-forward of Heather and Cooper’s relationship.  Yes, I wanted to see them end up together—eventually.  Heather’s been crushing on Cooper for roughly a year but they’ve just been friends—roommates, yes, but just friends.  She starts dating someone and Cooper thinks she might be getting serious—so he decides to go for it before his chance is gone.  I get that.  What I don’t get is that their first kiss is followed shortly by a marriage proposal.  Okay they’ve both been suppressing feelings but can’t we see them explore the transition from friends to something more???  If this were a stand-alone book, I might be  more receptive to the jump—maybe—it’s a pretty big jump.  However, as this is a series, I really wanted to see the romantic relationship develop over time (rather than a few pages).

Other than that, I enjoyed the book.  This time around, the dorm/residence hall jokes are used sparingly enough to be funny and the cops aren’t as dimwitted.  Like Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, we’re treated to an eccentric group of series regulars—and while the two series both have spunky, memorable characters and funny commentary, Cabot has created a distinct New York College/Heather Wells storyline.  I still take issue with Magda—she’s forty years old and calls the dorm residents ‘her little movie stars’—I’m forty and I don’t baby talk anyone above baby age.   That aside, she’s a likeable character—and since those comments barely appeared in Big Boned, I’m hoping this is a character eccentricity that Cabot gradually lets go.

Still a series with potential . . . looking forward to the next installment!

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    April said,

    So you didn’t care for the ending, huh? I can see your point, but I am so much less critical of what I read. I guess I’m just a book slut!

    But glad you liked it for the most part…I can’t wait to see your review of Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner!!


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