Also recommended: THE CHILDREN'S CORNER by Jackson MCcrae
Cut is about something that is hard to tell a story about without seeming melodramatic, soapoperish, or cliche. And I think Patricia McCormick succeeds in not being any of those. She did a few years of research on the subjects of this book before actually writing it, which makes it all the more real.
Okay, so Callie is a 15yr girl whom is stuck at "Sea Pines" or "Sick Minds" as the patients like to call it. It is a place where people with "issues" go; Food issues, drug issues, or self-mutilation issues. Callie, as you can guess cuts. Which means in order to release her emotional pain she gives herself a cut on her physical body. This is why she is at Sick Minds. When we come into her story she is not talking to anyone at Sick Minds or anyone period, she doesn't want to, and she doesn't want anyone to why she's there. There are other girls who are probably more screwed up then her, which include and anorexic girl that has had a heart attack because she wont eat, and she still doesn't eat, and a girl whom keeps eating to ease her pain. There is another anorxic girl, and two drug abuse girls in her group as well. Through the story we begin to find out why Callie is hurting herself and why she wont talk.
Now, I have had issues similar to these, I have eating "issues" and other things, I understand what these girls, especially Calie is going through. And after hearing it a second time on tape after I began counseling and such I've begun to really see the paralells between the characters and myself. I think that people with issues like myself are very well portrayed, it shows that there is hope if you seek help. Your life doesn't have to be a load of crap all of the time.Read more ›