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The End of Our Story Hardcover – April 4, 2017
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“Wondering whether or not Stevie will forgive herself before time runs out makes for a tense read...Stevie’s nascent recovery feels honest, personal, and well-earned.” (Horn Book Magazine on Paperweight)
“Haston’s contribution to the genre stands out for the complexity of its characters and for small, telling details that demonstrate just how difficult recovery can be.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) about PAPERWEIGHT)
“Biting and brave, Meg Haston’s writing is so emotionally elegant that at times I had to read and reread just to savor it. I’m the wiser for having read this book, and I can’t wait to see what she writes next.” (JODI LYNN ANDERSON, bestselling author of Peaches, Tiger Lily, and The Vanishing Season on Paperweight)
“This wrenching and emotionally honest debut will break your heart and put it back together again.” (Deb Caletti, National Book Award Finalist for Honey, Baby, Sweetheart on Paperweight)
“Clear eyed, unapologetic, and ultimately redemptive, Paperweight pays homage to the diffi cult process of recovery.” (Lexa Hillyer, author of Proof of Forever on Paperweight)
“A carefully constructed buildup still lends to a quick read that is hard to put down. Haston deals respectfully with the difficult subject matters of eating disorders and focuses on the recovery rather than the disease.” (School Library Journal on Paperweight)
About the Author
Meg Haston is the author of How to Rock Braces and Glasses and How to Rock Best Friends and Frenemies. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida, where she writes and works as a counselor in an independent school. Paperweight is her first young adult novel.
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So, when after Wil's father's death, Bridget and he start getting close once again. But now she senses secrets in him and tries to understand where he is coming from. Her every other interaction with others was first about how she misses him, but now it was about why he won't open up to her. Honestly, if I was Leigh, even I would have cause to get angry. Over onto Minna, though, I sensed that she was more patient about it, in light of her years of experience. But, it felt like this book was determined to not tie up any of the many plot threads and since it does not look like this has a sequel, I am dissatisfied with the ending. I did not see the point of Leigh's art project, or Minna's daughter even being part of this plot when Bridge was like Wil, my Wil through half the book. While it has such an intense relationship between the two leads, the secondary characters are being rendered useless. Also, not that this was written like a mystery, but it does have a 'reveal' of sorts towards the end, which felt a little late in the game, in a way, because it was in a way something that changed the pace of the plot.
In the end, though, I am sort of indifferent about the book overall. The writing was good, the characters were fleshed out well, but the plot felt flat. It might appeal to some, but an average one for me.
Bridge and Wil’s childhood friendship turned to love but Bridge’s drunken mistake led Wil to break up with her. Bridge’s apologies and efforts to explain have fallen on deaf ears and she eventually has no choice but to honor Wil’s request she end all communication with him. Now more than a year has passed and after a brush with the law, Bridge has cleaned up her act as she eagerly awaits the end of her senior year. She is still pining over Wil, but he has made it quite obvious he is over her. Bridge has a chance encounter with Wil’s dad occurs just before tragedy strikes the Hines’ family and afterwards, she decides to act on his advice to try and repair her friendship with Wil. Although he is not initially receptive to her overtures, Wil gradually allows Bridge back into his life, but with everything that has happened to him during their time apart, is their second chance romance doomed to fail?
Bridge and Wil’s story alternates back and forth between both of their perspectives. Bridge’s part of the story occurs in the present while Wil’s narration takes place during the preceding year. The descriptions of their childhood escapades are closely intertwined with Wil’s close relationship with his dad who is also a father figure for Bridge whose own dad has long since abandoned her. Even before their breakup, Wil and Bridge’s lives were on a different path since she is college bound and Wil is planning to continue working in the family owned business. Whether or not their relationship could survive a long distance romance becomes a moot point after Bridge’s lapse in judgment leads to their break up.
After the Hines’ family undergoes a catastrophic loss, Bridge reaches out to Wil who is surprisingly receptive to her efforts to support him. However, she quickly realizes that he has inexplicably changed during their time apart and in some ways, he is a stranger to her. Given the recent events in his life, some of Wil’s behavior is understandable, but Bridge is conflicted by his inability to confide in her. She knows he is keeping secrets from her but the glimpses of the boy she once loved leave her hopeful for their future. But as their senior year winds down and graduation looms on the horizon, Bridge’s concern for Wil deepens when she realizes he is clearly tormented by the tragedy that brought them back together.
Although there is a romantic element to the storyline, The End of Our Story by Meg Haston delves into some weighty topics that are quite thought-provoking. One of the most discerning questions that is explored is the correlation of shared traits and interests within family members and whether this is predictive to future behavior. Are children’s lives destined to follow the same path (good or bad) as their parents? The answers to these questions are not always cut and dried and the novel’s conclusion is appropriate if a little open ended.
I received a complimentary copy for review.