by Tara St. Pierre
Published by Self Pub Release date : June 1st, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Young Adult-Coming of Age
Source: The Author | Format: eBook
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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.
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
This was actually quite a unique and interesting story line 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.
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