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Cut [Hardcover]

Patricia McCormick
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you say it's up to me to do the talking. You lean forward, place a box of tissues in front of me, and your black leather chair groans like a living thing. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Superficial treatment of a deep subject. Sept. 12 2003
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I had expected more from this book when i bought it. After reading the summary on the back cover, i was hoping to read a serious novel that truly confronted the issue of self-injury (SI). Instead, i found the book to be lacking in depth and using SI as a gimmick to establish the lead character, Callie, in the setting of the book.
"Cut" is not a novel about the issue of cutting. It is a novel about a girl in an adolescent psychiatric ward. As written, the book is a very diluted version of "Girl, Interrupted," describing Callie's stay in the ward and some experiences with her therapist and with the other patients. With very little effort, this book could be rewritten as a story of a girl with an eating disorder or a substance abuse problem--the type of mental-health issue is unimportant to the plot.
If you are looking for a story about life in a psychiatric ward, written at a middle school level, this book is perfect and very readable. If, however, you are looking for a book for older teens or adults, or for a book specifically confronting the issue of self-injury, you will likely find "Cut" very disapppointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant story of a girl who needs help May 28 2004
Cut by Patricia McCormick was an excellent read. Stress. Piercing pain, slicing, stabbing. This is what callie feels,when everything around her starts to pile up, she decides to slit her wrists as a way of relieving the pain bottled up inside her. Her mother finds out and sends her to Sea Pines, a correctional facility. This book leads you through her route of self discovery there. You feel like you are there and you just want to help her but you can't, and you can almost hear Callie's voice trying to break through. It's happy but sad at the same time and this book helped me realize a lot of things about my own life. I think Mccmormick was trying to send a message to mainly teenage girls about the consequences of slitting or the hardships of self destruction. This book was written really well and it kept you guessing and hoping for more and it teaches you a great lesson so that is why I enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cuts to the bone Nov. 19 2004
I'm always attracted to authors who don't shy away from difficult subject. Perrotta is one, and Jackson McCrae also comes to mind with his "Children's Corner" (one story in particular "Early Sunday Morning" deals with self-mutilation), but what makes CUT stand out for me is the incredible depth and insight the author pulls into the tale.
Callie is a 15-year old girl who has a big feeling of guilt building up inside of her. This feeling of guilt started when her brother came down with an illness and for some reason Callie Blames herself. She, on her own, decides she needs to be punished and the punishment is so severe that she wants to take her life. With this, what Callie does not realize is that she's not cutting herself to be punished but cutting herself in response to her dysfunctional family. While you may not warm to the idea of reading a book about this particular subject, the author does one heck of a job in making this readable and riveting.
Also recommended: THE CHILDREN'S CORNER by Jackson MCcrae
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cut Dec 2 2003
By Kelly
"Then I placed the blade next to the skin on my palm. 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..." thinks teenage Callie as her therapist babbles on about how she became the "self mutilator" she is today. Callie lives in the Sea Pines residential treatment facility with 5 other girls with problems close to hers- eating disorders, drug addictions, and others. This novel is part psychological mystery story and part adolescent drama. The problem in this story can and does take place throughout the world.
This book was one of the best books I've ever read relating to this topic. It's very descriptive and teaches you what can happen if you get attached to something that harms you. I recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about people their own age that have the same problems.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good writing about a difficult subject Feb. 26 2005
I thought this book was amazing. I picked it up during school not really expecting anything special. Once I started reading, though, I couldn't put it down. I was up until 1:30 in the morning finishing it. I have friends who are cutters and the book really gave me some insight and helped me understand why they cut. I think everyone should definitely read this book.
Would also recommend the following: Bright Red Scream, Children's Corner by McCrae, and Bodily Harm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Nov. 14 2007
CUT is an amazing first novel by Patricia McCormick that offers a glimpse inside the mind of a 15-year-old girl who cuts herself. For Callie, life just became too complicated. The solution lay right in front of her. One tiny cut. A bubble of red. And yes, pain. Then, escape.

Callie now resides at Sea Pines with several other girls seeking treatment for a myriad of other disorders. She goes to group share time, hooks her sleeves over her thumbs, and hides behind her hair. She sees her counselor twice a day and counts the stripes on the wallpaper. But Callie doesn't share. With anyone. Not even when her mother and little brother visit.

Callie can't bring herself to speak. Instead she watches, and listens. She knows everything about her group mates. But they know nothing about this girl who won't talk. Then, when Amanda joins the group and brazenly flaunts her own scars, it becomes more difficult for Callie to remain silent. And as she begins to speak, she slowly finds she doesn't want to keep it all inside. She wants to get better.

Callie is a bright girl that the reader will easily identify with. You'll care for her the same way she cares about the others at Sea Pines. And you'll be amazed when you find out what started it all; that it's an entire family in pain, not just Callie. She'll make you cry, and make you laugh some, and in the end you'll feel so proud of her progress.

Cutting is a very real issue for teens. Many, like Callie, don't even know themselves why they do it. CUT is an honest look at how cutting can consume a young person. If you know someone who cuts, share this book with them. Let them know they can find help. They can stop. This is a gusty novel that you won't want to put down until you're sure Callie is safe.

Reviewed by: Cana Rensberger
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book, a bit shorter than I thought it would be, but was great all the same. Came in immaculate condition as well :)
Published 16 months ago by Roo
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
Although the author did a good job describing the mental issue, it felt as if she didn't understand it herself and kind of copy/pasted from a textbook. Read more
Published 18 months ago by S. Gatien
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
Short and questionable. A day after finishing this book I still wonder what it all meant. I admit I've never cut myself or ended up in a recovery center, but I'm sure that those... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Book Cupid
3.0 out of 5 stars Cutters...
At only 150 pages this was quite a short and quick read. Callie is a cutter, cutting her skin removes the emotional pain she feels and replaces it with physical pain, but she... Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2011 by Louise Jolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Understanding
I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to people with family members who are violent to themselves. It really helped me understand a very important person in my life. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2010 by Maria Mahnic
1.0 out of 5 stars Stereotypes Off The Port Bow!
I found this book contrived even when I read it as 14/15- year- old cutter. The characters the situations are all simply stereotypes that kids will try to find themselves in. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2008 by Mark Twain
4.0 out of 5 stars book about cutting
hey to the last reviewer. Read skin game by caroline kettlewell. It's her memoir and it's very good. Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2006 by S. Dubreuil
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet to read this book but any reccomendations?
I'm waiting for this book to make its way back to the library but I decided that prior to reading this novel that I should read some of the reviews that were written. Read more
Published on July 31 2005
3.0 out of 5 stars cut
i cut myself from time to time for punnishment when i did something wrong. once in a long while i would accidently cut a vein or pop a mole instead of stopping the blood i would... Read more
Published on June 9 2005 by tomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I you were blown away by Jackson McCrae's "The Bark of the Dogwood," then you'll love this book as well. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2004
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