We’re starting a new feature in 2015! This feature is inspired by Perpetual Page-Turner’s Save the Date feature. In Write this Down, we’re gushing about the books we’ve read months before release. It’s too early to review, but it is never too early to get others obsessed!
This week we’re featuring:
Paperweight by Meg Haston
July 7, 2015*
*According to Goodreads
About the Book:
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?
Who Read It:
Why You Need it in Your Life:
That was really beautiful book. I mean the story, the story was all harsh angles, as it rightly should be, but the words, the words were beauty exposed from the author’s mind and poured into ink and paper. I can’t even tell you how many quotes I marked and I absolutely need to own this in print so I might be able to highlight all those quotes and hold them in my hand.
The cover, which originally drew me to the book for its whimsical look and contrast from the synopsis it stood beside, didn’t really make an impression on me until after I’d finished the book. I guess that’s because after is when I really studied it and got the nuances that the artist had created to perfectly represent the story.
HarperTeen has some amazing contemporary books coming out in 2015 and this one deserves a spot on that shelf.