May 31, 2011

Review - Cut by Patricia McCormick (+ Giveaway)

Cut by Patricia McCormick
February 2002 from Push

A tingle arced across my scalp. The floor tipped up at me and my body spiraled away. Then I was on the ceiling looking down, waiting to see what would happen next.
Callie cuts herself. Never too deep, never enough to die. But enough to feel the pain. Enough to feel the scream inside. Now she’s at Sea Pines, a “residential treatment facility” filled with girls struggling with problems of their own. Callie doesn’t want to have anything to do with them. She doesn’t want to have anything to do with anyone. She won’t even speak. But Callie can only stay silent for so long…
The 10th Anniversary edition of Cut includes a brand-new afterword from author Patricia McCormick, an author Q&A, and added resources.

This small book packs a big punch! Callie is in treatment for her cutting at Sick Minds Sea Pines. Half of the girls have an eating "issue" of some sort and the others are "druggies." Callie doesn't exactly fit those profiles so her treatment consists of individual and group therapy and is slow going. I can imagine that years ago, people didn't exactly know how to treat people who deliberately hurt themselves. They didn't exactly fit the mold for anything else, but their behavior was socially unacceptable and so they were labeled mentally ill. I think Callie is an example of this and her silent treatment is a result. I don't think she is giving up on herself, but maybe simply not knowing how to help herself or allow anyone else to help. Callie has her own treatment, the silent treatment. To her, it's her only choice. 

Your heart hurts for Callie as she slowly reveals what is at the core of her illness, and you can't help but root for her the whole way. Her painful journey can be inspirational for any young person in need. 

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  1. I might have to give this one a read. Thanks for the great review. :0)

  2. I think this looks like a really great book. I have had to deal with self-harm in my life, and you don't often come across fiction involving a main character who cuts, so I think it would be really interesting to read and relate to Callie.

  3. I don't know if many people realize how big of an issue this is. I know as a teenager I knew a lot of people who hurt themselves. I think this book looks like a really emotional read.

  4. Sounds like an interesting book. It's definitely not going to be a light read. Thanks for letting me know about it.

  5. Great sounding book on a very important subject a lot of people don't know about.

  6. This seems to be one topic that is always hard to read, especially for teens (I remember once when I was in high school they had all of us that knew someone who was cutting and it was over 50% of us) so even if its a hard issue it needs to be read.

  7. I had no idea this had been out for so long. It's horrible to know people do this to themselves.

  8. This sounds like a really interesting book. A friend of my sons used to do this to herself when she needed an outlet. I would love for her to read it. She's such a beautiful girl inside and out. I'm glad that authors are putting out real life issues for teens and young adults.

  9. This book has been out that long and I haven't read it yet??? It looks really good. I love books like this because they teach us about very real issues. I know people who have cut.

  10. This book was good we are do ing a project on banned books so i chose this one