Authors: Meg Haston
Reading Format: Kindle
Read: 29th April, 2017
Rating: 4/5 Stars
***Possible trigger warning for eating disorders***
Seventeen-year-old Stevie is trapped. In her life. 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.
“There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upwards; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn’t matter anymore”
Paperweight is my second book of its kind, and I really enjoyed it!
This novel in particular, was so different than the usual book, as it took place in a treatment facility. I found this to be unique, and so interesting to read about.
Once again, a very accurate portrayal of eating disorders. However, I didn’t feel quite as connected to it as Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, that’s only because Stevie’s (our main character in Paperweight) journey was very different to mine.
“Yes, the illness took away. It clawed at family and time and the very beating of our hearts”
One thing I really liked about this book was the connection between therapist and patient. It was great to see how that relationship was created, and how it progressed throughout the novel. I loved seeing the positive changes in Stevie, along with how she struggled with those changes.
“You are a Soul with a Body, Not a Body with a Soul!”
Honestly, I can’t really think of much else to say, just because the whole book didn’t really move anywhere plot wise, but rather was just a short kind-of telling of Stevie’s journey in the treatment centre.
I am by no means saying that the book was boring, because it wasn’t. It was just more exploratory of one issue in a way, rather than disasters/drama happening at every turn.