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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  77 reviews
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
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Paperback, 306 pages
Published May 31st 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Sioux Trett I've read it & enjoyed it very much! Read the description and the reviews and see if it sounds like something you'd enjoy. I say go for it! :-)

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Aj the Ravenous Reader
“No one should be considered average, it’s a purely mathematical concept and though math may have its useful purposes, describing who a person is shouldn’t be one of them. We all have the capacity for incredible achievements and incredible change, but those come from the inside, and none of it will happen while we’re obsessing about what’s on the outside.”

I’m not sure my words will be enough to describe how empowering and resounding the message of this book is. Just a Few Inches is a such a p
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Donita Luz
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone!
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 was handled in the book with a great deal of sensitivity and understanding.
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Addi • Pages Within Me
* I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my rating or feelings toward the book. * :)

Carrie Roberts has got it all: a loving family, a basketball star boyfriend, great friends, a spot on her high school cheerleading squad, and is graduating in a few months.

But things would be even better if she could lose just a few inches to fit into the gorgeous red dress she bought for the Valentine's Day dance. After seeing an ad on telev
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Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
Just a Few Inches is a young adult book about Carrie, a senior in high school who is dying to fit into the dress she bought for the Valentine’s Day dance. Diet and exercise haven’t helped, so she turns to diet pills that promise she’ll lose inches in just a short period of time. Desperate to make that happen by the following week for the dance, she takes more than the recommended dose, with disastrous consequences. Carrie has started shrinking, and no one knows how to stop it.


I have to say, I wa
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Tonyalee
Initial Thoughts
This book has such a powerful message that a lot of people would gain much from.

It's a little on the long side and the many mundane scenes were tiring but necessary.

Full 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
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Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
*I received an ecopy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review*

Full detailed review up on my blog: Word Wonders

To start off, the writing is very simple and easy to follow, and fits the story quite perfectly, balancing all the scientific and medical talk, making it simple to understand. The story is told in first person, from Carrie’s point of view (the MC) and it wouldn’t have worked any other way, the narration also had this kind of remorseful tone to it as it was told as
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Laura
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
+Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

After coming out of a reading slump, mostly caused by the summer break, this book was what I needed. It was easy to read, cute and fluffy, but deep down it had a message we are tired of hearing but that we ignore all the time because of society's pressure:

Love your body. Treasure it. Take care of it. Respect it. You only have one.


THE WORLD: Our messed up, annoying, world. The book is divided into chapters which mark C
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Caitlin L
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
*the author gave me an e-copy in exchange for an honest review*
Not too bad of a book! I love the overall message the book has and the ending was very heart-felt for me, but it didn't really grab me. There were some times when I felt like "what's the point of adding this in here?" Also, it was hard to determine the time at which things happened. The author didn't really put in a lot of times to let you get a feel of how long things lasted or how far apart each event was from the next one, making
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Kerri (Book Hoarder)
The moment that I read the summary for this book, I was intrigued. The issue of teens - both girls and boys - feeling the pressure to be something that they're not is something that has gotten a lot of attention throughout the years. Rather than the usual story, though, this had the hint of a promise of something more - a meld of contemporary and fantasy, but also actual issues that impact young adults.

In other words, I had to check this out.

All Carrie (we share the same name!) wants to do is
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Sinead
Less Reality More Books

*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review*

Right now, I would say I’m quite positive with my body. It’s not perfect, but it’s perfect for me. And that’s what matters. But if you’d asked me how I felt about my body five years ago, my answer would’ve been the complete opposite. I believed I was fat, ugly, and that everyone thought so and that I’d never be loved because of it. I’ve realised that that’s all just teenage insecurities and 90% of girls will go throu
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Jen Ryland
This book was the winner of my latest My Indie Inbox contest! If you're an author interested in participating, check out Indie Inbox on YA Romantics or follow me on Bloglovin

My thoughts: Have you ever wanted to be a little thinner? Wished there were a magic pill that would help you do that without sweating or deprivation? If your answer is yes, you'll relate to Carrie. She has a lot going for her -- she's a popular high school cheerleader with a doting boyfriend -- but the problem with being a g
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Ashley
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
“No one should be considered average; it’s a purely mathematical concept, and though math may have its useful purposes, describing who a person is shouldn’t be one of them.”

Thank you to Tara for sending a copy of her book Just a Few Inches. I am so glad that I was given to opportunity to read this book. As soon as I read the description, I knew I wanted to read it. It sounded like such an interesting idea and story and I was excited to see how it all unfolded.

Carrie wants to lose a little weig
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Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
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Review originally uploaded on A frolic through fiction (book blog): https://afrolicthroughfiction.wordpre...

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Not in a horrible way. I certainly wasn’t expecting it to be bad.

What I mean is – as shown in the synopsis – it’s a story about a girl shrinking. Which by all means would be a little bit weird, but I figured “hey, I’ve probably read weirder”. But I was wondering a lot about
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Morrisa
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it

Special thank you to the author Tara for sending me a physical copy of the book to review! First off, I'd like to say that I really really enjoyed this book. It has an enjoyable story as well as gives the reader a few important lessons about body image & confidence.

The story follows high school senior and cheerleader Carrie Roberts. She's under the typical high school pressures that girls, and really anyone faces. A lot of kids in high school (even myself) always worried what others though
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Ari
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Original review: The Daydreaming Bookworm

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

All Carrie wants is to fit into the perfect dress for the Valentine’s Day dance, but the dance is one week away and she needs a quick fix, FAST! When she sees an advertisement for dieting pills on TV, she think she’s found the perfect solution. Hoping to speed up the process, Carrie takes more than the recommended dose and soon realizes that she is not only losing weight
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Connie
Source: I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for a honest review, with thanks to the author, Tara St. Pierre!
Cost: Free

Title: Just a Few Inches
Author: Tara St. Pierre
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Fantasy-esque
Overall Rating: 5 stars

A full review of this book will be on my blog on Sunday!

I did not know what to expect going into this book, I'd read the synopsis and I had no idea if it would be something that I would like. But right off the bat, I was hooked. The writing style of
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Talk Supe
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Riveting read, although I have to be a bit nitpicky about the ending. It was motion picture perfect, but it failed to say in Carrie's defense that vertical shrinking wasn't included in the side effects. Full disclosure and all.

Overall I liked how JaFI came up with the scientific explanation to explain this far fetched situation. It's plausible albeit very remote. I also loved the body image theme this novel capitalized on, if anything, Carrie's story is cautionary as it's one of survival.
Erika
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!

This book features a girl named Carrie Roberts, who, upon a vain and insecure decision, takes an over-the-counter weight loss drug in hopes of dropping a dress size down within a week. Taking a few more than recommended, strange things start happening to Carrie as she realizes that not only is she looking weight, but she's also getting shorter. And shorter. And shorter. And there seems to be no stopping to it...

The premise of the book is brilliant. You know when you try to shrink a photo
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Sam Mirza
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for and honest review.

I want to start of by saying that I freaking loved this book! It was amazing! I loved every page, sentence, word, period of it. I enjoyed reading this book so much! I finished it in 2 days. I stayed up until 1am to finish a good chunk of this book until my mom started complaining about the lights being on. And so I had to stop reading. But then, the next day, I finished it. And I loved it. And it was amazing
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Poulami
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on Daydreaming Books along with a fun Character Interview.

*I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

When I finished reading Just a Few Inches, all I could utter was wow. It was an incredible, heartwarming story that handled all the issues of body image, self-esteem, and teenage relationships with delicacy and perfection.

Carrie is a high school cheerleader and she wants to loose just a few inches to fit into a perfectly red dress
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Leanne Just
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it



I received this book for free from the author through the We ♥ YA Books! Bookclub. This book was a great read. The author writes about real characters that have flaws and are mostly characters that readers can probably relate to in some way. It was written wonderfully and I could barely put it down most of the time. I loved the message that the author has the readers take from the book: people are much better off just being themselves no matter what their physical appearance may be.

However, eve
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Sue
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Just A Few Inches is an intriguing and original story of a teenage girl who shrinks in height but grows in other ways throughout the book. The story tactfully handles important subjects such as self esteem and body image as well as love, relationships, family and friendships, and it also touches on social media issues. The book is written really well and was easy to read and understand what was going on and it was very compelli
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Emma
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: guest-reviews
Review by Beth
With a premise which is extremely creative, original and thought-provoking, Tara St. Pierre has created a plot which will make everyone who reads it stop and think. In Just a Few Inches we meet Carrie who, after being so absolutely desperate to squeeze into the perfect dress resorts to diet pills, with drastic results.
I must admit when I read the premise of this book I expected it to be extremely hard-hitting, depressing and go deep into the psyche of someone who is living with a d
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Jillian Quinn
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
5 Reasons To Read Just a Few Inches:

#1 Body Image: I wanted to review Tara’s novel because it deals with body image, a topic I really wanted to explore. As someone who cannot shovel junk food in their mouth and get away with it, this is a book I can relate to. Carrie Roberts wants to fit into the perfect red dress for the Valentine’s Day Dance. With her boyfriend’s ex waiting to steal him back, Carrie feels threatened and wants to shed a few pounds to fit into the dress. This is something I thin
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Courtney
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Read my full review (spoiler-free) on my blog here.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book to review from the author. This in no way affects my opinion regarding this book as this review is 100% honest!

After being asked to review this book and reading the synopsis of the plot, I was extremely intrigued. This novel seemed as if it would be something along the lines of the old 80's movie starring Lily Tomlin, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, but with a young adult contemporary twist to it. Whil
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Jesalin Belk
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sent-for-review, own
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Kylie Kaemke
Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-published
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
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J. Peters
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of positive body image and grounded fantasy stories
Shelves: favorites
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Sammie
Aug 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
*Full review originally posted on my blog Bookshelves & Biros.*

3/5 stars.

Disclaimer: I received a free eBook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

On the whole, I’m pretty happy with my body. I could lose a couple of pounds and I’d like to have skin that isn’t so prone to breakouts (people who told me it would stop when I hit my twenties: YOU LIARS) but actually, what my body is achieves and allows me to do is far more beautiful than a thigh gap.

We all have those ‘I wish I ha
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Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I liked this one and the message. Girls shouldn't worry about their size or trying to lose a few pounds or waist inches. And that's awesome. I totally, 100% agree. There is way too much pressure from society for females to look a certain way. I also really liked that we saw how Carrie's family and friends were affected and reacting to her predicament. It gave the book a fullness to have reactions and commentary from
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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 loud
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