Monday, April 13, 2015

[ARC Review] Paperweight by Meg Haston


Seventeen-year-old 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?

Paperweight is definitely one of the books that shows you what is wrong with the main character. It is not the point of just talking about the story and putting together sentences, deep down the author makes us see what the problems in Stevie is and that is what got me hooked the most. 

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The storyline itself followed Stevie and her going into a treatment for eating disorder. It was shocking to see her reaction to people who were getting better, she thought that they were nothing and she was disgusted of them. All throughout the book we get glimpes of what the past was like and eventually what happened when her brother died. It is truly sad. And makes the disorder that much more realistic. 

“I imagine myself dead. Cold. Perfect and unbreathing with a still, stone heart.”
The battle within her was so strong, it made me really think about what girls are going through. It is not something people make up, the way they think is really is messed up and they need help. Incredible read, loved it!

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