Poor Heather Wells can never seem to catch a break. When she should be celebrating her secret engagement to the love of her life, she's instead forced to help babysit not only the school's Division III men's basketball team, but her group of misfit kids and 40 teenage girls all wanting to be Tania Trace. Oh, and there is a crazed killer on the loose at Fischer Hall (aka Death Dorm), again.
As with the other books in the Heather Wells series, we have a lovable cast of characters who help Heather bungle whatever attempts she makes at solving the latest crime spree at New York College. They are all loveable and help add that comic element that Meg Cabot it known for.
We finally get to meet the Cartwright family, in all their crazy glory. If you ever wondered why Cooper keeps his distance, this little insight will never have you questioning why again (although I will thank his sister for introducing me to the Pink Greyhound. I'll be making those soon).
What I have been dying for with this book was the relationship with Cooper and Heather now that they had finally professed their love for one another and agreed to elope. What I discovered was that while Cooper loves Heather and does want to marry her, they were still running around like a dirty secret. Sure Heather had previously been engaged to Cooper's younger brother, Jordan. But with Jordan married to Tania Trace, why would their relationship need to be a secret...especially to their friends. I wanted more from their relationship. We've spent three books working up to this point and I wanted Heather to finally have that adult, loving relationship she's been craving. She's close, but I think she needs to let go of coddling the misfit pack of kids she has and focus more on her and Cooper.
That said this was still a whirlwind story that at times has you laughing out loud. Meg Cabot knows how to write a story and draws the reader in and has them craving for the next book in the series.
Summer break . . . and the livin' ain't easy!
Just because the students at New York College have flown the coop doesn't mean assistant residence hall director Heather Wells can relax. Fischer Hall is busier than ever, filled with squealing thirteen- and fourteen-year-old girls attending the first ever Tania Trace Teen Rock Camp, hosted by pop sensation Tania Trace herself—who just happens to be newly married to Heather's ex-boyfriend, heartthrob Jordan Cartwright. But the real headache begins when the producer of a reality TV show starring Tania winds up dead . . . and it's clear that the star was the intended victim.
Grant Cartwright, head of Cartwright Records, wants to keep his daughter-in-law (and his highest-earning performer) alive. So he hires his oldest son, black sheep of the family and private investigator Cooper Cartwright—who just happens to be Heather's new fiance. Heather should leave the detecting to Cooper. But with a dorm full of hysterical mini-divas-in-training, she can't help but get involved. And after Tania shares a really shocking secret with her, this reality suddenly becomes more dangerously real than anyone ever anticipated.