By: Meg Haston
Released: July 7, 2015
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Stevie is trapped. In her life. In her body. And now in an
eating-disorder treatment center on the dusty outskirts of the New
Mexico desert. Life in the center is regimented and intrusive, a
nightmare come true. Nurses and therapists watch Stevie at mealtime,
accompany her to the bathroom, and challenge her to eat the foods she’s
worked so hard to avoid. Her dad has signed her up for sixty days
of treatment. But what no one knows is that Stevie doesn't plan to stay
that long. There are only twenty-seven days until the anniversary of
her brother Josh’s death—the death she caused. And if Stevie gets her
way, there are only twenty-seven days until she too will end her life. In
this emotionally haunting and beautifully written young adult debut,
Meg Haston delves into the devastating impact of trauma and loss, while
posing the question: Why are some consumed by their illness while others
embark on a path toward recovery? (Goodreads)
Paperweight is one of those books that I can't stop thinking about. I really enjoyed this one a lot. It is a realistic story that deals with a very serious illness.
Paperweight is the story of Stevie who is sent to a treatment center for an eating disorder. Stevie doesn't plan on staying for her full treatment plan though because she plans to end her own life on the anniversary of her brother's death.
Stevie was a complex, realistic, and well developed character. She is angry and filled with so much grief. Her mother left her years ago and she blames herself for the accident that killed her brother. Other than her father, she has only one other person in her life and that is her friend Eden. I love how Haston intertwined memories from Stevie's life before the treatment center within the plot. It really gave you this big picture of what has led to Stevie ending up in a treatment center. It clearly comes across just how much she loved her brother.
The plot was paced well and as I mentioned earlier, I liked how memories from Stevie's life before treatment were weaved into the story. I read this book within one day because I found it difficult to put down for long. The treatment center made for a memorable setting. The center is filled with several interesting characters, from the other patients to Stevie's therapist. Haston truly handled the topic of eating disorders really well too. She honestly depicted this disease and the many forms that it can have. She gave Stevie this really powerful voice to tell her story.
Overall I really enjoyed Paperweight. This was an honest and memorable story.