June 1, 2015

Tara St. Pierre



Speculative Fiction

Just a Few Inches
by Tara St. Pierre   


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.


"This story was very unique. "  By Ali Kiki 1 year ago

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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 relaying a message of be comfortable in your body.
• Ms. St. 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 the author 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.

Wrap up:

• 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.

"Just a Few Inches was a great and powerful read. I highly recommend it!"  By Tonyalee 1 year ago

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There are many things that I have love about blogging. But one of my favorites is finding new to me author/s and books that I wouldn’t find by “normal” means. Just a Few Inches is one of those books. It comes with a strong message about the perception of body image; most would find empowering.

Just a Few Inches follows the story of a girl, Carrie, who like many teenagers, has insecurities about her body image. After taking a diet pill to lose a few inches before a Valentine’s Day dance, she starts to shrink.

In height.

This was actually quite a unique and interesting storyline and Tara did an amazing job with it. The writing is engaging and thought-provoking, and I loved how well each character was written. I love when I can connect to a character because of how REAL they feel. We follow Carrie from before she starts to shrink and AS she starts to shrink. It was mind-boggling how some people reacted to her change, and why. Carrie goes through many struggles during this “process” and it was eye-opening. There were many scenes of just her day-to-day life and while I thought these were necessary to really UNDERSTAND the struggle, it made the book feel long.

Although Carrie is losing inches, she grows a lot throughout her journey. She learns to become more accepting of herself and others and becomes an inspiration for others with body image issues. I love how she created a blog as an outlet for everything that she was going through.

I also appreciated how Tara went into details about Carrie’s friends and family that were affected by her shrinking as well. It’s always easy to focus on how things affect YOU or in this case, the main characters, when is all actuality, the people around you make changes too. They grow, they learn or sometimes, you grow apart.

Overall – Just a Few Inches was a great and powerful read. It tackles a lot of issues in its pages and really makes you think about media perception on body image. If you are looking for an engaging read, I highly recommend this one.