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.”

My first read of 2015, and what a read it was.
Haston takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster, in this her debut Young Adult novel.

Stevie is lost, in more ways than one. She’s completely convinced that the only way to end her pain and suffering is to end her life.

As the anniversary of her brothers death approaches, Stevie feels that it would be fitting that she ended her own life on the same day. Only she wasn’t counting on her dad sending her to a treatment centre for the eating disorder that is completely consuming her.

Presented with no option but to face her demons, Stevie has to make a choice. Fight for her life or just give up.

Will Stevie realise that she has something to live for before it’s too late.

A heart-wrenching, beautifully written novel that is undoubtedly going to be one of the most talked about novels of 2015.

S

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