I received this book for free from the Author, YA Insider in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Just a Few Inches by Tara St. Pierre
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on May 31st 2015
Source: the Author, YA Insider
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.
“Just a Few Inches” by Tara St. Pierre is extremely different story. Carrie Roberts has got an amazing life. She has a loving family, all-star basketball player boyfriend, she is a cheerleader, and she will be graduation soon. All Carrie really wants is to lose a few inches in order to fit into this gorgeous Valentine’s Day dress that she bought. When Carrie sees an ad for some weight loss pills on TV, she decided to give them a try. They did help her lose a few inches but they were in height rather than in her waist.
What I liked:
- This story was very unique. I thought it took a very interesting path to take with relying a message of me comfortable in your body.
- Pierre’s writing is definitely unique and she creates a very though provoking plot. She creates a very interesting tale in order to show what this character is going through and how ridiculous she is being.
- I really liked how St. Pierre included the thoughts and feelings of Carrie’s friends and family. I think it was a nice perspective to show how her insecurity and selfishness was also affecting them.
What I disliked:
- I couldn’t find a way to relate to Carrie at all. I had a hard time with Carrie’s character because I feel like she is way too self-centered. She has everything but she still is vain enough to take diet pills to drop some inches. It wasn’t like she was fat at all. She just wanted to look how she thought she should look.
- I felt like some passages were a bit too wordy. I feel lie there was extra information added in places that we just didn’t need.
- I would have loved to learn more about Todd and Carrie’s relationship. Even though their relationship is not what the book is about, it would have been nice to have some more information about the two of them together.
- I really thought that this is a good book for those battling with their self-image. I didn’t think it is the best book out there but I feel like it did share a lot of good information. I really like the unique take that the author had.