Excerpt from Paperweight by Meg Haston

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules at Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along!

My teaser today is from Paperweight, by Meg Haston. A book about loss and eating disorder, very gritty and real. A really great book that takes the reader into Stevie’s mind and gradually reveals her past and the progression of her disease and therapy. Realistic relationships and character development.

I slide my right hand across my stomach and count the ribs on the left side. Once, twice, three times. They’re not as sharp as yesterday. I have to get out of here. This was such a mistake. I told Dad this was a mistake.

Paperweight, Meg Haston


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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 meal time, 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.

Paperweight follows Stevie’s journey as she struggles not only with this life-threatening eating disorder, but with the question of whether she can ever find absolution for the mistakes of her past…and whether she truly deserves to.


  1. That sounds like a book that would leave me in tears. Going to go look for it now, thanks!

  2. This sounds good!

  3. I am very excited about this one and that cover alone is so breathtaking! Thank you so much for sharing it! 🙂

  4. Sounds depressing but interesting.

  5. Oh, this looks very intense! I really like the intro and would definitely be interested in reading this one. I think there’s a powerful message to be found in the book.

  6. This sounds like a heart-wrenching book.

  7. This sounds heavy. I’d have to be in the right frame of mind to read it, but I can see how it would be a compelling story.
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  8. I can totally relate to the character as I am a recovering anorexic. Her antics/thoughts bring back a lot of memories of that time in my life! I will have to check this book out. Here’s my teaser: http://booklovingmommy.blogspot.com/2016/08/teaser-tuesday-jurassic-park-by-michael.

  9. Definitely sounds like a good read, but I have to be in the mood to pick up books like this.

    Here is my YA TT from Daughter of Smoke and Bone 🙂


  10. I just came from a TT about autism, now this. I usually don’t go for such heavy topics.
    sherry @ fundinmental My TT

  11. Kathy Martin says

    I read this one as an ARC and found it haunting. I hope you are enjoying it. My YA teaser this week is from The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong. Happy reading!

  12. I have to admit books like this are usually a bit too gritty and real for me so I tend to avoid. I’m glad you’re enjoying though.

  13. I would like to read this one. Such wonderful writing and I’m sure her thoughts would be intriguing.

    My TT from Mummy’s Little Angel

  14. I’ve been wanting to read this. Good teaser. I need to track down my copy and bump this book up in my list.

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