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?
I’m finding it difficult to write this review. It’s one of those books that I can’t pick any major faults with, but I wasn’t crazy about it either.
I can definitely see why so many people loved this book. It has a lot of emotion and the main character, Stevie, goes through a lot in her head and we get to see it all. It’s written well and I think the author does a good job of portraying the things that go on inside of Stevie’s head while she’s trying to deal with her illness.
However, I just didn’t fully get captured by the story. I enjoyed it and thought everything was done well, but I’m just left feeling a bit underwhelmed. Maybe it’s just not my cup of tea. I’m honestly not really sure. I can’t put my finger on what it is that has me wanting to rate it even lower.
I would, however, recommend this book to fans of YA contemporary books that involve emotional issues.
Best Aspect: Writing/Story
Worst Aspect: It just wasn’t for me