Just A Few Inches by Tara St. Pierre | Book Review

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“We wandered into a shop where slender mannequins displayed the fashions on sale. The fake plastic women were just that: fake and unbelievably proportioned. No one looked that perfect.

Blurb (Goodreads)- All Carrie Roberts wants is to be a little bit smaller.

To fit into the perfect dress for the Valentine’s Day Dance. To look beautiful for her boyfriend, the school’s star basketball player. To keep his jealous ex-girlfriend, a rival cheerleader, away from him. And to be noticed by her classmates.

Exercising and dieting don’t work, but an advertisement for weight loss pills promises a quicker solution to her problem. As time runs out, she takes more than the recommended dose until she’s just a few inches slimmer. Heads turn when she arrives at the dance, and the wonderful night with her boyfriend is beyond what she dreamed it would be.

Days later, Carrie discovers that her body is changing in ways that should be impossible. While her doctor searches for a cure, she desperately turns to her friends and family for support. Everyone is noticing her now whether she likes it or not, and even the media is intrigued by her incredible story. Getting everything she once wanted has created new problems—problems that are growing more terrifying every day.

Because Carrie Roberts is shrinking.

Thoughts- What an unbelievably powerful book. Even in the world that we live in now, issues such as self-esteem and media presentations are pushed away. We like to act like they don’t exist, like the dust bunnies hidden underneath your refrigerator. No one wants to admit that the dust bunnies exist, and yet they still inevitably do.

St. Pierre throws that all out the window and tackles this huge issue and portrays in such a brutally honest way. I’ve never read a book like this where our main protagonist- Carrie, wants to lose a few pounds to fit into a dress for her (jerk) boyfriend, and ends up losing her height! It’s such an interesting concept and I couldn’t stop reading because of it.

Carrie is obviously going through an extremely traumatic time, as her shrinking does not stop and she ends up being less than half a foot tall! The author showed Carrie’s ups and downs with good timing, and there wasn’t a hue explosion of negativity, rather it always seemed to come back and haunt her when least expected. I really did grow to like Carrie as a character throughout the book. I initially was put off by her, because she was the exact cheerleader stereotype that I can’t stand, vain and conceited. And yet, her character grows an immense amount through the help of her best friends Lauren and Trish, her friend Evan, and even her enemy Janelle.

“Funny how desperation allows you to bend the rules a little bit to suit your own purposes.

All of the secondary characters, Carrie’s friends and family also had such surprising development. Her friends didn’t know how to deal with Carrie’s condition and it was funny watching them adapt to what’s happening to someone they love. Her family is one of the most supportive and loving book families I’ve ever read. Carrie’s step sister has some of the most memorable and sweet development, and her half sister is quite cute and funny. I’m also so glad that Janelle did get some redemption at the end, I think giving the queen bitch bee a reason for why she acts like she does is always important.

While I do feel like the writing can come off as simplistic, in no ways does it detract from the overall message presented in the book. It’s honestly so powerful because people don’t necessarily relate to their height shrinking (I hope not!) but they can sympathize with the reactions and consequences that come with being publicly targeted for your appearance. There were several parts of the book where I was moved to tears because of the message that St. Pierre presents.

Overall, this is a quick yet very enticing read, especially if you want to read something that tackles issues that still plague our world today. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to read more about how the author tackles different issues!


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