Paperweight by Meg Haston | Audiobook Review

Why Did I Listen To Paperweight by Meg Haston?

Paperweight by Meg Haston has such a pretty cover. I am all about that light blue cover. So, upon seeing it on Hoopla and making the realization that I have seriously got to buck up and read the books on my shelves, I decided to give this book a whirl. Also? Paperweight is about a girl with an eating disorder and I just do not read or listen to very many books about girls with eating disorders. I find that my knowledge base in the topic is a bit lacking and so to improve that, I’m trying to read a few more books with the topic.

What’s The Story Here?

Meg Haston’s Paperweight focuses on narrator Stevie. Stevie definitely has an eating disorder. In fact, she’s currently in treatment in New Mexico at an isolated facility. Her dad has it in mind that she’s going to be there for sixty days and end up cured. However, Stevie has a different plan. You see, she plans to commit suicide on the anniversary of her brother Josh’s death. Stevie finds herself carrying a bit of the weight of his death. She feels like it is her fault. Much of the book is fixated on Stevie’s pain and plan, but also some of the girls she meets at the center. We also slowly unravel what happened to Josh and why Stevie blames herself.

What Did I Think Of Paperweight?

Honestly, it has been since December when I listened to Paperweight. As I write this from the vantage point of March, I don’t remember as much of the book as I thought I did. I will be truthful and say that not a whole lot of the book stuck with me. However, the topic is very important – not just eating disorders but suicidal ideation. Also, the use of inpatient treatment and therapy as a positive.

I also thought the book did a decent job with an unlikable narrator. Stevie is a difficult, prickly character going through some rough life situations. It would be easy to write her off, but as I said, Haston does a good job with making her character quite nuanced.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook is narrated by Mandy Siegfried and is 8 hours and 13 minutes long, unabridged. It’s available via Hoopla. I do not have any complaints about Siegfried’s narration or about the production values. I think that if you like listening to contemporary young adult books, you will like this book too. Siegfried is an appropriate choice of narrator and this is definitely a perfectly decent audiobook.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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