BOOK REVIEW: Paperweight – by Meg Haston

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Title: Paperweight
Author: Meg Haston
Genre: YA. Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
First published: July 7th 2015
Finished reading: December 7th 2015
Pages: 304
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“The thing was, I needed to be owned. I needed someone to say, This girl is mine. That´s what family is for, but mine was almost gone. There was no one to claim me but Eden and my sickness. So I gave myself to both.”

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Paperweight has been recommended to me various times in the past and I think I have seen only positive reviews so far. The story without doubt isn’t a happy one, but I can totally agree that Meg Haston is able to make the main characters’ fight with an eating disorder feel really realistic. I’m still not sure if I actually liked the main character Stevie or some of the other patients at the eating disorder treatment center for that matter, but I wasn’t that bothered by it because they felt real. The plot is interesting with a few plot twists and the character development is really well done. The pace is quite fast and I enjoyed the prose even though it is actually quite a difficult story to read because of the theme. Still, I would not doubt in recommending this book if you enjoy reading realistic contemporary fiction and don’t mind reading about mental ilness/eating disorders. I haven’t read many books about the theme nor do I know anyone with an eating disorder, but I still think Meg Haston did more than a good job describing the emotions and struggle of the patients.

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Stevie has been struggling with her life and body ever since her mother left; she feels both trapped inside her body and in life. After her brother Josh died she made a promise to herself not to live past the first anniversary of his death… Slowly starving herself to end her life. Her father forces Stevie to go to an eating disorder treatment center tucked away in the New Mexico desert. Stevie doesn’t want to cooperate with the nurses and therapists because she feels they are messing up her promise to her dead brother, but someone always seem to be watching her and challenge her to eat the foods she’s worked so hard to avoid. She is supposed to stay for a minimum of sixty days of treatment, but Stevie isn’t planning on holding on more than the twenty-seven days that separate her from the anniversary of Josh’s death… Will the nurses and therapists be able to change her mind on time?

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Paperweight is full of emotions and very realistic. It’s not the easiest book to read because of the theme, but it is very well written and definitely leaves you thinking about what a horrible disease an eating disorder really is. I will definitely look out for any future Meg Haston YA novels! More that recommended if you like the genre and want to read about how an eating disorder can affect someone’s life.

WWW Wednesdays #68 – December 9th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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Since I’m still not completely out of my reading slump, I have been trying to read genres I haven’t been reading a lot lately… Romance is one of those, so I started November 9 by Colleen Hoover the other day. I think this might actually one of the first romance novels to receive one of the highest ratings; I’m loving it so far! I started Let It Snow by John Green as well, but I put it on hold because I don’t really like the first story so far. And I’m trying to finish Hamlet by William Shakespeare so I’m one step closer to finally completing my last two pending challenges. It’s been too long since I last read his work!

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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Only two books this week… Between my reading slump and Christmas decorating I just didn’t have a lot of time to read.
* The first book Takeover by Lisa Black was mostly a disappointment with very boring characters, plot and prose in general. More about my complaints in the full review…
* I then finished Paperweight by Meg Haston, a very well written book about eating disorders. The main character is not exactly likeable, but very realistic. Recommendable!

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I have a new ARC pending: Rough Roads With Reckless Drivers by Lara Pass. I will probably read that one next… I also want to read Memories by Lang Leav, a collection of poems I need for a challenge. If I’m in the mood for fantasy, I’m going to try and pick up either The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater or Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (latest TBR jar pick).

WWW Wednesdays #67 – December 2nd

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I’ve just started reading Takeover by Lisa Black after finally finishing Melophobia last night. I haven’t read a good crime novel in a while, so hopefully this one will turn out to be interesting…

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* The first book I finished since last week is Love And Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan. This one was a huge disappointment and I still regret not DNFing it.
* I then continued with Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes. It turned out to be better than expected; entertaining with lots of crazy plot twists, although not amazing.
* The last book I finished last night: Melophobia by James Morris. A very interesting read that shows the power of music in an alternate present.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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Since I haven’t been reading that much (I’m afraid I’m about to end up in a reading slump, o no!), my possible next reads are the same as last week. The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings or The Young Elites by Marie Lu if I turn out to be in the mood for fantasy; Paperweight by Meg Haston if I want to read YA contemporary; Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman if I want to read my newest TBR jar pick.

WWW Wednesdays #66 – November 25th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I’ve started Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes yesterday evening and it’s still too early to tell if I’m going to enjoy this story… I’ve heard mixed things about it, so fingers crossed it’s not too bad. I’m also reading Melophobia by James Morris, a very interesting ARC and story so far.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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Three books finished this week and that’s mostly thanks to the last two being super quick reads, because it took me ages to finish Winter.
* The first is Winter by Marissa Meyer. Although I’m sad the series has ended, I really enjoyed reading this fourth book My heart almost stopped at some points in the story though; damn you plot twists!
* I decided to read my TBR jar pick Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple afterwards, which turned out to be a quick although not outstanding read. More about my complaints in my upcoming review…
* The last book I finished yesterday evening: Between Shades Of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. A very hardbreaking story, although I wasn’t fully convinced by the prose itself (it sounded too childish, and not in a The Boy In The Striped Pajamas good way.)

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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To be honest, I’m not sure what I’m going to read next… But at least these four covers color match! 😉 I might read The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings so I can cross off another series or start a new one with The Young Elites by Marie Lu. But to be honest, I’m not sure if I’m in the mood to read fantasy right now. I also want to try and read Paperweight by Meg Haston soon even though it sounds like a sad story… And I have a new TBR jar pick: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I have been wanting to read another Gaiman novel for ages so this is the perfect excuse to do just so!