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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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5.0 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 Great book June 25 2013
By Roo
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great book, a bit shorter than I thought it would be, but was great all the same. Came in immaculate condition as well :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected April 30 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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. Lacks depth but still was an interesting read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me Jan. 11 2013
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 who do, have more layers of depth than Callie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars go get your knife June 28 2004
The book Cut is about a girl named Callie, who uses cutting as a release, an escape; an escape that lands her in a mental center, Sea Pines (Sick Minds, as the patients fondly call it.) It's a fairly easy read, pretty short, but to the point, truthful. It's a little sweet, with a baby of an ending, but for sure, Cut will stick with you. McCormick's detail work is what pulled me in; she makes it easy to sympathize with Callie, to understand where she's coming from. She softens the image of cutting and cutters, making them more personal, more vulnerable; instead of just seeing kids in a mental joint, you see yourself, your sister maybe, it could be anyone. If you were/are a cutter, check this one out, it hits pretty close to home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cut: Paper Back & Audio Book review. June 20 2004
First, I shall review the book itself...
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I, a cutter.... June 1 2004
This book is real and in your face. It describes the feeling. The releif of a cut. The joy in the feeling it allows you for your split second. The addiction to it, and the withdrawl of it. I don't suggest this book if you still cut, or think of it. I had a relaps in reading it myself. This book was wonderfully written and perfectly described. It wasnt just a scientific analogy of what type of chemeical imbalnce in your brain bla bla bla. It was the feeling, the confusion of why. The triumpth of stopping. And the consequence of not. READ THIS BOOK. You'll be glad when you do. good day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Cut" Feb. 15 2003
Excellent book! Helped me help my Daughter and to understand her a lot more than I did before. My Husband also read it, which totally amazed me! Susan
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2007 by TeensReadToo
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good writing about a difficult subject
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2005 by ThomsEBynum
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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