Paperweight is an amazing read! It draws you in this unflinching raw emotion and authenticity. I’ve never suffered (nor personally known someone who’s suffered) from an eating disorder – so I can’t attest to whether or not Stevie’s story is an accurate representation of someone with anorexia, but this story so amazing in a way you’re still thinking about it two weeks later. To read about someone who is so totally immersed in such a dangerous and destructive disease is heart wrenching.
I loved the obvious and realistic character growth in this novel. Stevie starts out as a closed off, judgemental, hateful girl who hides from her problems behind thick layers of sarcasm and defence mechanism. She is so immersed in her disease, it’s the only way she knows how to identify herself. Also, Stevie takes the cake for the sassiest character I’ve read in a really long time. Her one liners were brilliant – and gave this book a bit of humour to break up the heavy emotion. By the end of the novel Stevie’s personality, behaviours and mind set change is amazing. I loved how Haston didn’t make her ‘cured’ because I felt that would have cheapened the servereness of this disease.
In Paperweight, Stevie is dealing with some heavy stuff, which is divulged and explained with the use of flashbacks. Through these flashback we are able to make comparisons about different aspects of Stevie’s life, from then and now and truly grasp how far she has came!
I loved the setting of this book as well, I’ve never read a book set in a treatment facility before and I found the whole thing very interesting (That may be the budding psychologist in me though).
Overall, this book is sad. Like, Sad. But strangely it also manages to be uplifting and inspiring. Reading this book has been an emotional rollercoaster of an experience but I loved it. Stevie is a fantastic character, I loved reading about her and her past life and piecing together why she’s ended up this way. I really, really recommend this book!!!