Paperweight by Meg HastonPaperweight by Meg Haston


byMeg Haston

Paperback | March 7, 2017

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This emotionally haunting and beautifully written young adult debut delves into the devastating impact of trauma and loss, in the vein of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls.

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 meal time, 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.

Paperweight follows seventeen-year-old Stevie’s journey as she struggles not only with a life-threatening eating disorder, but with the question of whether she can ever find absolution for the mistakes of her past…and whether she truly deserves to.

Meg Haston is an American author. She holds a B.S. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University, and a M.Ed. in Professional Counseling from the University of Georgia. She is the author of the YA novel Paperweight, as well as, How to Rock Braces and Glasses, and How to Rock Best Friends and Frenemies.
Title:PaperweightFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:March 7, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062335758

ISBN - 13:9780062335753


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very emotional Feel like sobbing? Well this might just be the book for you! This book made me feel so many things in such a short amount of time it almost gave me whiplash, but honestly, I didn't really mind. It was a story I got really invested in which hasn't happened for a while for me when reading the YA genre. It really got me deep. Very beautifully written and full of heart and tragedy. It deals with some intense topics though, so if you're not looking for a book that could potentially upset you, I wouldn't recommend picking it up.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Paperweight Personally i think this book was an interesting read. It was definitely a book that you could finish in a day, you're so drawn into it you can't put it down. However this book i felt missed a lot of potential.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Such a great and emotional book. The beginning was slow in my opinion, but everyone should read this.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning. I don’t even know where to start with this book! It was stunning and ugly and crushing and inspiring. It was exactly everything I wanted it to be. Paperweight is a novel about a girl with an eating disorder. It feels so very real that I felt myself mourning her loses and celebrating her successes. I cried and I laughed. And though I do need to put a trigger warning on this book for Eating Disorders, Self Harm, Suicidal Ideation and Attempted Suicide, if you feel comfortable, I would definitely suggest this to EVERYONE’s TBR pile
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing novel! I tore through this book. It left me constantly craving more. And I loved the little plot twists here and there. Beautifully written!
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful book An incredibly emotional and honest look at recovering from an eating disorder. The main character might seem irritating at first, but considering the fact that she has a mental illness, it is understandable. I really grew to love all the characters, and I could empathize with almost all of them at different parts of the story.
Date published: 2017-04-26

Editorial Reviews

“Haunting yet hopeful, this book offers a realistic portrayal of eating disorders, guilt, and anxiety.”