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December 17, 2015

Loved It: Just A Few Inches by Tara St. Pierre

Series: Stand-alone
Format: Mobi
Release Date: June 1, 2015 
Publisher: Self Published
Source: Author
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary  | Sci-Fi
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.




Ever since I sat down and talked with Carrie Roberts a few months ago I've been curious about her condition. I can more than relate to Carrie's weight "problems", self-esteem issues, and other self-image nonsense. Like Carrie, I too have taken my share of weight loss "miracles". I didn't shrink in any way, and after reading Carrie's, I'm glad I didn't. I think I'll benefit more from building myself up over taking these money grabbing supplements.

JUST A FEW INCHES started normal, Carrie wants to look smashing for her boyfriend on her high school's Valentine's dance, but the dress she bought was a size too small for her. With only a week to lose a few pounds, Carrie resorted to taking these weight loss pills out of desperation. And with the hopes of speeding things up, Carrie took more than the recommended dose. Initially it seemed that the pills are working, but the effects didn't wear off and Carrie keeps on losing weight and apparently shrinking. 

JUST A FEW INCHES is a riveting read. The pacing is fast, each chapter counting down to Carrie's weight and height. If you download a sample you'll see that she gets really small. So there's this motivation to get to the end fast so we know what's going to happen. Is there a magic potion that will counteract her condition? Is she going to go back to normal? How is this going to end!!! Riveting, I tell you. 

I liked that Tara St. Pierre tried to explain Carrie's condition scientifically. It's far reaching, but given the circumstances, it's the best explanation the doctors can come up with. And interspersed with this shrinking phenomenon is an incredible human element. Hindsight is 20/20 and Carrie's realizations are sincere and touching even. The theme about body image issues, meeting the status quo, the quest for perfection is very relatable. Making JUST A FEW INCHES both a cautionary tale and a survival story of sorts. Love it, highly recommend it.





I tried keeping my mind on the game instead of worrying, but every time I bounced, a bra strap would slide off, constantly reminding me that something strange had happened to my body.

It was worse during our half-time routine. Towards the end, the squad split up into groups, each holding someone up in the air and letting her fall back into our arms. I was part of a group of five girls helping to lift Trish. My job was to cup my hands underneath Trish’s right foot while she was raised into the air. Two of the other girls held her calves in place, a third spotted from behind, and Janelle had her left foot since she and I were supposed to be the same height. I found myself having to stretch my legs and arms more than I should have needed to keep Trish’s feet even.

When Todd found me after the game, I clung to him, and he innocently said, “Stand up straight so I can rest my chin on your head.”

“I am standing up straight,” I mumbled.

Then came an awkward moment where we both looked at my legs and feet to verify my claim. I was definitely shorter than I had been the week before. Todd simply stared at me, not knowing what to say.

Lauren witnessed the incident, and we gave the details to Trish in my car, after I adjusted the driver’s seat forward one click. Keeping one hand on the steering wheel while the other wiped away tears collecting in my eyes, I asked, “What’s happening to me?”

From the back seat, Lauren put her hand on my shoulder. “Don’t panic. There’s got to be a logical reason why you’ve gotten shorter.”

“People don’t get shorter!”

“It might be some weird side effect of those pills. You did take a lot of them.”

Her voice had a told-you-so tone to it, but she was right. How could I have been so stupid, so careless, so desperate? “What should I do?”

Sitting in the passenger seat, Trish turned to me and flailed her arms as she spoke. “If you stopped taking them, the effect will reverse itself. That’s how it works with my mom. She always puts the weight back on no matter what diet she tries.”

In my rearview mirror, I could see Lauren roll her eyes before asking, “You still have the pills, right? First thing you’ve got to do is tell your mother—”

The car swerved as I exclaimed, “No way! I can’t tell her! She’ll freak out when she finds out what I did.”

“She’s going to figure it out. She knows how tall you’re supposed to be. Look how quickly Todd noticed.”

“There are ways to make you look taller,” said Trish. “All it takes is the right pair of shoes until this wears off.”

There was an uncomfortable silence. I was pretty sure Lauren and Trish were wondering the same thing I was wondering: what if it didn’t wear. 


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23 comments:

  1. Oh WOW, Braine! this sounds like it explores the way so many woman aren't happy with their bodies, and the realization that having 'model looks' might not be all that. I'm definitely adding this to my TBR. Thanks for sharing!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  2. Wow, now there's an original idea for a book, I love it. Thanks for letting us know about this one.

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  3. I think I read your review on goodreads and added this to my TBR pile.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  4. It sounds interesting and a bit different, it's nice to have a topic like that and you made me curious to discover more about the story

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  5. This read sounds really cool, I want! :)

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  6. I remember seeing this on someone's blog and I really want to read it. It is different and that's what I like. Okay, I'm sold!

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  7. I guess every woman can relate to that weight loss/appearance issue - and it reminds me of The shrinking man by Richard Matheson in a way :) Great review !

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  8. I like that there was a twist to the story and a negative one at that! I have always said that I can't see how all those pills would be safe for anyone! Plus, I love us women just accepting who we are. ;)

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  9. Thanks for sharing! Who among us hasn't given into the idea that our bodies aren't enough as they are?

    Here's MY THIRSTY THURSDAY & HUNGRY HEARTS POST

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  10. Body issue books are important since it's something so many struggle with. This sounds like it has a good message in it but is done in an entertaining way.

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  11. I would be curious to see how far her weight dips and if she gets sick.

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  12. I remember you posting about this book back then and was curious. Glad to see you enjoyed!

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  13. Haha! Sounds like an amusing read, taking too many pills and shrinking. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  14. That would have been an interesting story. Good message!

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  15. Glad this was such a page-turner for you! Interesting plot, too.

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  16. I'm finding the topic in this one quite fascinating, especially after reading the character interview in the previous post. I want to know what happens to her now.

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  17. Relatable indeed, Braine. I think Carrie is a character I could fall for and her plight one I can definitely relate to. If this isn't already on my tbr, it's going there. :D

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  18. Braine, Thanks so much for the feature and review. So happy you liked it!

    And thanks to everyone else for the positive comments, and for people adding it to your TBR lists! That means a lot to me.

    --Tara

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  19. Fast paced and riveting sounds great in this one, new to me.

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  20. Oh this sounds interesting, and kind of like the Incredible shrinking Woman but younger. Wonderful review!

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