Review & Giveaway: 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.

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?

Haston impresses with the fragile topic of recovery. Achieving recovery is an ongoing endeavor taking time, perhaps even a few steps back with every step forward, a sojourn differing for all. Haston describes the struggle one faces in a plausible manner.

Stevie is difficult to warm to at first, until you understand her pain and the many burdens she carries. An off putting, snarky attitude a mask of her anguish. Her story is affecting and you are left wondering what in fact will become of Stevie trapped with all her deep seeded issues. The struggles and demons Stevie battles are all too real. As the walls slowly tumble-down we glimpse Stevie’s true core discovering her heart isn’t black.

Haston deserves praise for depicting the clinical environment, challenges of heavy issues, fellow patients along with staff, anyone dealing with in patient treatment will be able to relate and realize portrayed accuracy.

There is somewhat of a twist revealing itself as well as a fabulous ending – both complimenting the story.

A story of a young girl dealing with abandonment, loss, guilt along with an eating disorder as thoughts of suicide linger. A coming of age story of a girl lost within the confines of her person and world.

As a person formerly suffering from an eating disorder I completely connected with Haston’s story, it more than stuck a cord, sign of a job well done on the authoresses part.


Enter for a chance to win a copy of Paperweight, please complete the giveaway form below. Open to US residents only. Ends 8/17/15

•Hardcover, 304 pages
•Published July 7th 2015 by HarperTeen (first published July 2nd 2015)
•ISBN13: 9780062335746)

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