paperweight book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

Stevie is a 16-year-old who feels trapped at an eating disorder treatment center–she has been there ever since she was involuntary admitted by her father. The treatment is supposed to last 60 days but Stevie has plans of her own. On the 27th day, – the anniversary of her brother Joshua’s death – she plans to escape and end her life so that she can join him. It’s the only way she feels her brother will forgive her, and the only way she can forgive herself.

The premise of Paperweight is fantastic, the title is interesting, and the cover is beautiful. The presentation itself is appealing but the book didn’t completely live up to my expectations.

The book overall is quite dense, told mainly in monologue and with no real sense of action. The constant flashbacks often abruptly take readers from present to past and back again. The writing wasn’t particularly intriguing; I didn’t get a chance to know the real Stevie–she seemed shallow, vain, and selfish. She was a highly unlikable character and it was hard to sympathize with her. I thought the ending of Paperweight was actually well done and a redeeming point for the book. The hints of romance were actually appealing so I won’t reveal too much here.

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Benish Khan has her B.A in Psychology and Religion from the University of New York. She’s a psychologist and artist by day, and a bookworm by night. She currently blogs at feministreflections.com.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by HarperTeen. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.