Saturday, October 31, 2015

Book Review: Just a Few Inches by Tara St. Pierre

Just a Few Inches
Tara St. Pierre
Genre: Young-adult, Fantasy, Romance, Contemporary
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.


Click here to read about my fun interview with the author and to get the chance to win a copy of this book! :)
"Funny how desperation allows you to bent the rules a little bit to suit your own purposes"
Personally, I think this is by all means a great and powerful book about one of the common issues that most teenagers deal with nowadays. The issue, which I think a lot of people will think petty, is really realistic and understanding and was handled in the book with a great deal of sensitivity. It was refreshing.

Carrie Roberts doesn't usually falls for the lies that the advertisement tells about the products they wanted to sell on TV. She knows how misleading those AD's can be... but she's desperate. She needs to fit in that beautiful red dress she bought for the Valentines dance and to look good for her famous basketball player boyfriend. So she decided to ignore the absurdity of the ads and actually try the diet pills.
"As I said, it was an act of desperation that led me to a method to take off those few unwanted inches."

She's not by any means, fat or chubby. She's average for her height and athletic and fit, being a cheerleader that she is. Then there's this girl who complies with the society's(or rather high school's?) view of beauty, slim, a big butt and chest. So how will our perfectly flawed MC feel about it?



That's right folks. That ugly and unstable feeling we usually get when we can't appreciate what we have, it's disconcerting. That's exactly what pushed Carrie to take those pills to get rid of those unwanted fats, vanity and insecurity.. Until she started losing inches off her.. height.

Of course, at first what really compelled me to read the book was its unique and intriguing plot, and I couldn't have been more satisfied! I love how the story isn't all about Carrie and the issue of her shrinking. How she dealt with her parents, friends and siblings were all very nice to read at. Usually this kind of teenage angst and dramas irritate the shit out of me and it wasn't the case here. It was all necessary to understand the real struggle of Carrie.

Carrie Roberts is one brave and very strong heroine. I admire how, regardless of her continuous shrinking, she never let it stop her from doing what she loves, eg. going to school and chearleading. She still goes to school and endures the obvious whispers about her demise, she still try to see light despite what happen. I'm not sure if I can still go to school that way, with my height obviously shrinking for everyone to feast and laugh at, but she get through with it and it's admirable.

Every time Carrie shrunk, I find it harder and harder to put the book down! It's achingly scary! To be honest, I lost count on how many times I struggled not to peek at the last page to know how the story will end, what's going to happen to Carrie, because the suspense was killing me!

The height size chapters were absolutely genius! It didn't really impact the story you know, but sometimes seeing something unique in writing style is very refreshing and makes the reading experience enjoyable.

There was no unnecessary and irritating romance, but it's still there and it makes everything felt more.. real. I highly recommend this book to everyone who.. well scratch that. I recommend this book to all of my friends.

This book was given to me by the author, Tara St. Pierre, in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't in any way affect my opinion and review. :)

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Tara St. Pierre has been writing for over two decades, but her muse only sporadically provides inspiration. Her laptop is filled with incomplete manuscripts and other plot outlines, and she feels blessed when one finally pushes its way through to completion--no matter how long it takes!

She enjoys classic science fiction movies and television shows. When driving, she sings along with the radio loudly and off key. She prefers tea over coffee, spring over autumn, vanilla ice cream over chocolate, and caramel over hot fudge. Though she lives by herself, one of her two cats enjoys cuddling with her.

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