07 July 2015

Review: Paperweight by Meg Haston

Paperweight by Meg Haston 
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: TODAY! YAY :)
Book Format: ARC
# of Pages: 304
Synopsis: 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?

My Review:
I received Paperweight by Meg Haston from the publisher and this is my honest review.

Paperweight is a story about a young girl named Stevie who has been through a lot in her life. The abandonment of her mother, her odd relationship with her best friend/girl friend, and the death of her brother. All of this leads her to a devastating eating disorder.

In the very beginning Stevie is sent into treatment by her father to help her fix herself. She starts off being very stand offish. She does not like being there and she has no intention of helping herself get better. As the book moves forward she starts to find herself, with the help of her treatment team, especially Anna her shrink whom she refers to as, shrink. Along with all of the girls she meets along the way.

I was nervous before starting this book, because books that have such deep feelings and emotions always scare me. It is almost like I am afraid to take in all of that emotion. But while reading this story I handled it well. I was able to take in Stevie’s story, and really absorb everything it was meant to be.

I loved everything about this book. The characters were all real and well developed Stevie, Cate, Ashley, even Shrink were all real people to me. I read about their problems and really got to know them. Now that I am done I feel like those characters are apart of my life forever that is how realistic Haston made them feel. I also loved reading about each girls process, and how they fought to get better. The bracelets, the sessions they had with shrink, as well as all of the snack times. It was interesting to see which girls were eating and which weren’t. After reading this book I honestly feel like I want to be in this environment. Not as one of the girls who were sick, but as one of those who were helping them get better.

Overall I give this book the highest rating it could receive. I believe the author accomplished everything she wished to in writing Stevie’s story. It give awareness to eating disorders, as well as made for an incredible story.  


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