Book Review: Just A Few Inches
ashley | When Tara St. Pierre contacted us about sending us a copy of her book Just A Few Inches, I was a little hesitant about accepting. I wasn’t sure I wanted to read about someone’s determination to fit into her Valentine’s Day dress; I’ve seen enough women struggle with image issues and the topic gives me a ton of confusing feels. But as a 2016 bride-to-be with a wedding dress that doesn’t zip up quite as easily as I would like, this story hit too close to home. I’m all too familiar with these size and image pressures and wanted to hear what St. Pierre had to say.
From the very beginning, St. Pierre takes an honest and blunt standpoint about these pressures women feel to look a certain way. Carrie is aware of these pressures too, and yet, like many of us, she still falls victim to them. I like that Carrie was smart, she was self aware, she wasn’t gullible, she was just the brunt of a lot of different peer pressures and was looking for a quick fix. Something we can all relate to in one way or another.
I also really liked how Carrie’s ailment was explained. I thought the science behind it was pretty clever and it didn’t seem too farfetched or a stretch, as it very easily could have. I liked the science part the most, as well as the mentions of how the media were handling her story. The glamorizing and how the attention kind of turned Carrie into a celebrity was on point for how our society today tends to handle situations like this.
But despite the interesting situation and these other interesting elements, I kept waiting for the story to grow on me. Carrie kept shrinking, the news of her kept growing, her social life and pressures remained pretty consistent as she tried to stay a normal girl but unfortunately I grew kind of tired of it all by the middle of the book.
I appreciated the message here and the way it was woven into a story, but the drawn out shrinking process just kind of idled through the middle, like we were just witnessing Carrie’s struggles as a short girl, how she couldn’t fit into her clothes or her boyfriend couldn’t rest his chin on her head anymore, but nothing was really happening or progressing or building. This portion was a bit of a lull for me and nothing really happened afterwards that reignited my enthusiasm for this.
That said, I still think this brings into the spotlight some really important issues and the way its written adds a relatable and almost light tone to topics that some people might have trouble discussing. Carrie gets to make a lot of realizations towards the end which result in some very important passages about image and accepting yourself for who you are, something everyone can do with reading every now and again.
may 31, 2015
copy provided for honest review by
tara st. pierre, author