Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Books I've Loved: Paperweight
This is one of those books that I couldn't put down. It's so raw and honest and real. The main character isn't always likable, but she's in the midst of an eating disorder and people in that head space often aren't the most likable people. They're not themselves at that time. Stevie is in that dark place for a number of reasons and they all make sense. Even her lying about them makes sense.
I cried reading this. On the bus. And I'm not an easy crier…
If you don't mind difficult subject matter and some heart-wrenching, this book is definitely worth reading.
If you don't believe me, here's the blurb…
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?