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By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Beautifully written tale of teen with eating disorder.

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Accurate and moving

A dark topic but it covers it with accuracy

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PAPERWEIGHT is an engaging and beautifully written tale of a teen girl, Stevie, struggling with guilt and loss after her mother leaves the family and her brother dies. Told in part through flashbacks, the reader puts together the pieces of Stevie's story as she is ready to recall and face them herself. This takes the reader along on Stevie's painful journey. Author Meg Haston provides a fascinating look into the minds of teens dealing with eating disorders. Stevie thinks that not cooperating with staff, not eating, and possessing a red hospital bracelet (worn by the facility's most serious cases) are signs of strength. She views the patients who are making progress as weak. As the other characters in the facility are introduced, we learn that the types of girls in treatment and the reasons for eating disorders vary dramatically.

Stevie's self-pitying attitude is annoying at first, but she grows as a character. Her interaction with other patients pulls her out of her bubble and brings out her compassion and empathy. The depth of emotion Haston describes as Stevie and her fellow patients go through treatment is palpable and at times heartbreaking.

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