A Shrinking Human?!? | Just A Few Inches by Tara St. Pierre

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Random Fact of the Day: A 100-pound person on Earth would weigh 38 pounds on Mars.


Title: Just A Few Inches

Author(s): Tara St. Pierre

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Page Count: 306

Published: May 31st, 2015

Format: Paperback

Source: Received book in exchange for this honest review

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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.

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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.”


When I read the synopsis of this one, I thought it was an Alice in Wonderland retelling…But then once you read further into the synopsis, you learn that it definitely is not…lol. 


|| The Feels: 3/5 || Emotions: Annoyed, Inspired || Characters: 4/5 || Character Development: 4/5 || Plot: 3.85/5 || Interest: 4/5 || Writing: 3.85/5 || Narration: 3.85/5 || Flow of Reading: 4/5 || Ending: 4/5

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“Getting everything she once wanted has created new problems — problems that are growing more terrifying every day.”

Carrie Roberts wants to be a little bit smaller to fit into a little red dress, but how far will she go? Keep in mind, this is all for this boyfriend of hers, Todd, and the evil, troublesome antagonist, Janelle. She tried everything..or “everything” to her, so she decides to take these “instant weight-loss” pills to speed up the process in time for the Valentine’s Day Dance.

So of course the pills “work” and she is on Cloud 9 — the dress fits, she’s with Todd, and all heads turn towards her the day of the Dance. However, a few days later Carrie discovers that her body isn’t “thinning” like she wanted it to; she was actually shrinking. Yes, like the Alice in Wonderland shrinking. She tries to keep it a secret for days, but when you have close friends who were once shorter than you and you can’t fit into your cheer-leading uniform anymore, people will notice. Even if you don’t want them to…

After her friends and family catch on, they decide to consult a doctor who tries to search for a cure throughout the entire novel. With this comes several conflicts between Todd, Janelle, her family & friends, and even the media. Carrie just wants everything to go back to normal, but how can she when she is shrinking faster than she can think?

“Whether I grew back…or not…I considered myself one of the happiest people in the world…”

All together this novel was very inspirational. Not only does it narrate in the mind of a 18 year old protagonist, but with this you feel and receive so much emotion. I related to this novel on so many levels and I’m not even 18! This novel talks about several themes, but the one that stood out the most to me was to be happy with what you look like, what you have, and WHO YOU ARE. As an individual we all have something special, and it doesn’t take a boyfriend, or girlfriend, or ANYbody for that matter to tell you that. Carrie expressed this idea constantly throughout the novel, and I think this is definitely a factor of this novel that was emphasized effectively.

Some other themes included:

  • Use what you love in a positive way
  • Don’t compare yourself to others
  • You CAN help/change the world by sharing your story
  • Peer pressure is everywhere

The characters were very distinct and relationships were fairly developed. I loved the developing relationship between Carrie and her sister, Carrie and her mother, and Carrie and Evan. Throughout the novel all three of those relationships grow and I think that was pretty awesome to read about. One relationship that I did not enjoy was Carrie and Todd, just because it was kind of cliche and I just didn’t like reading about how they interacted. In the beginning I supported their relationship, but as things escalated I was irritated. I won’t go into too much detail, but just know I don’t ship Codd/Tarrie any more xD

“You’ve left a legacy, not just in the memories of the people who love you, but in what you’ve written to the world…no matter how small you get…”

As for the writing and plot, I thought both were pretty substantial. In some parts of the novel I kind of drifted off just because nothing was really happening, but for the most part the suspense and tension was there. I say this because for each “chapter” there is a documentation of Carrie’s height/weight, so as I read, because she obviously gets smaller throughout, all I was thinking was, “is she ever going to STOP shrinking???? What if she dies before the books ends?? Can you die from shrinking???”  This was very smart of Pierre to do, and it definitely did add emotion to the overall read.

To conclude, I do recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick and quite inspirational read. Even if you aren’t a female or near the age of 18, you can still take away one or two of those themes that I mentioned. The characters were realistic and enjoyable, the themes are important for everyone, and the novel deals with so much more than you would expect.


                                                                                                                                                                           So what’s the ultimate verdict?

I gave Tara St. Pierre’s, Just a Few Inches, a…

4 out of 5 stars

Have you read Just a Few Inches? Can you imagine shrinking every day? Do you recommend any inspirational reads? Chat with me in the comments! 🙂

Thanks for reading & I’ll see you next time…




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