Just a Few Inches by Tara St. Pierre

Just a Few Inches by Tara St Pierre

Just a Few Inches by Tara St. Pierre
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (298 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

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.

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“Just a Few Inches” is a Young Adult novel that deals with issues of body image, self-esteem, and teenage relationships. It is intended for readers age 13 and up.

There’s no harm in quickly dropping a few unwanted pounds, right?

One of the things that I liked the most about Just a Few Inches was how much time it spent showing how Carrie and her family came up with practical solutions to the problems she experienced as she shrunk. Even simple dilemmas like figuring out how to dress a teenager whose body is toddler sized or how to open a door when one can no longer reach the door knob eventually were given all of the attention they needed.

As much as I enjoyed the ending, it never quite matched the tone of the rest of the story. It rapidly shifted just before the end of the book for reasons that I was never quite able to figure out. To be specific, I would have liked to see more time spent explaining how Carrie’s shrinking disorder worked so that these scenes were easier to understand. I really loved the premise, though, and would have given it a much higher rating if I’d had a clearer mental picture of what was going on.

Carrie’s character development was handled beautifully. It was fascinating to see how she reacted to all of the changes in her life, especially once she realized just how much they would impact everything she did. Seeing her grow as a person only made me like her more. While I don’t know if the author is planning to write a sequel, I’d definitely be interested in seeing what happens to this character next if such a tale is ever written!

Just a Few Inches was an engrossing read. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes contemporary fantasy.

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