Heather Wells is one of my favorite Meg Cabot characters let’s see if she’s not a victim of the Death Dorm and if Cooper is still hot.
General Summary: As previously stated, Heather Wells is back! And even though it’s summer time she still has to work cut out for her given the fact that Tania Trace Rock Camp is based out of her dorm building and…well, she’s sort of (well, trying) to plan a wedding of her own.
I will say that the first half of the book is better than its later half. Meg reintroduced the character with ease and the mystery was gradually introduced at a nice place. I like how Heather has grown more confident in herself and how she has grown in her role as assistant director at the college. I thought the whole college life aspect was handled very realistically.
The later half of the novel is where I had some issues with the book. Particularly Heather’s relationship with Tania Trace. It seemed unrealistic which I’ll discuss later on in my review. Other problems with the book I had were some squeamish talk about sex and lady parts and functions. There was one joke, I think it was supposed to be viewed as a joke, about drinking menstrual cycle blood that made me want to vomit. Look, authors I don’t like being talked to about monthly cycles. It doesn’t work not as a joke or some weird sort erotica thing like it was used in
Master of the Universe Fifty Shades of Grey. Another reoccurring gag I couldn’t stand was the information from Psych 101 class. For one thing it wouldn’t be called Psych 101-most universities would have a number for it like Psychology 1300 or something. Point two, most of the stats that were used in these parts were regurgitated from other Cabot books where the neurotic heroine rattles off her various psychological ailments (see Boy Meets Girl).
Worst Feature: Butt Kissing. I really got annoyed with how much butt kissing was done by Heather when it came to the character Tania. Tania, for those who aren’t familiar with the series, is the tart pop star who slept with Jordan when he and Heather were together. Honestly, while I could understand why Heather would be civil towards her, I didn’t understand why she was as nice to her as she was. And for that matter essentially state how Tania was better than her with Jordan and was much more talented than Heather ever was. And for that matter Heather actually gushes over how much chemistry Jordan and Tania have. It just doesn’t make sense to me. I mean, I get she’s over Jordan and everything. But jeez, I still be a little sore with Tania for ruining a ten year relationship.
Appropriateness: Um, definitely an adult book. There’s some cussing, some violence, some sex. And then there’s talk about sex, infertility, and some really nasty sex jokes-a.k.a. a song about drinking period blood. I kid you not.
Blockbuster Worthy: I’d really like to see these books turned into a television show. I think it would be fantastic for better terms. And if I were to chose a writer for the television show might I suggest Amy Sherman-Palladino, writer for Gilmore Girls and my newest obsession Bun Heads. I really think she’d be able to transfer Cabot’s work beautifully onto the small screen. For example, I see Heather looking like a heavier and more stable version of Britney Spears. Sans the Louisiana accent of course.
Cooper: Jeffrey Donovan I think could do Copper justice. He is, after all, my go to casting option for a guy who is packing heat.
Overall Rating: Six out of ten stars. I found part of this book to be deliciously wicked reminding me of old school Meg. However, there were a few things that bugged me about it. Still though, if you’re a Heather Wells fan you’ll probably enjoy this installment.