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.
My first thought when reading the synopsis was that I didn’t want to read a book about a girl with body issues, I have enough of those myself. But then I re-read the description and thought that it could be interesting, and it’s bound to have a good message at the end.
I wasn’t wrong. The message to this story is of course to be happy with yourself the way you are and that if you want to change something you have to do it the right and healthy way. There is not quick fix to body image issues that wouldn’t result in something catastrophic. In Carrie Roberts case she abuses the diet pills and they work a little too well causing her to literally shrink like the Szalinski kids (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids anyone?) – though it doesn’t happen quite that fast. Her shrinking starts in just a few chapters and goes throughout the entire book.
I could’ve used a little more in the beginning. More about Carrie’s life and relationships. The author pretty much throws you right into Carrie desperately wanting to fit into this dress to wear to a dance so her boyfriend will notice her more than her “Hot” rival Janelle. Which is already ridiculous, but it’s how teenagers are and there is no denying that. So while it’s something that makes you cringe and want to slap Carrie for thinking such idiotic things, it’s true to how teens act in society today. So it works. My teenage self would’ve definitely been able to relate, and if someone handed me a magic pill you better believe I would’ve guzzled down as many as I could.
Just a Few Inches is an interesting story, but for me the writing lacked any pizzazz. The romance was a little boring and it was hard for me to like the characters. It is a YA-Novel, and has I read this when I was in junior high or high school I think I would’ve felt different, but as a YA loving adult the writing style wasn’t quite enough for me. But I enjoyed the story and it kept me interested enough to see how what Carrie’s fate was, so I did give this book 3 stars and I’ll be interested to see what other books Tara St. Pierre has to offer in the future.