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"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.
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
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.
Would also recommend the following: Bright Red Scream, Children's Corner by McCrae, and Bodily Harm.
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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Great book, a bit shorter than I thought it would be, but was great all the same. Came in immaculate condition as well :)Published on June 25 2013 by Roo
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 morePublished on April 30 2013 by S. Gatien
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 morePublished on Jan. 11 2013 by Book Cupid
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 morePublished on Feb. 23 2011 by Louise Jolly
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 morePublished on Feb. 4 2010 by Maria Mahnic
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 morePublished on Nov. 16 2008 by Mark Twain
hey to the last reviewer. Read skin game by caroline kettlewell. It's her memoir and it's very good. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2006 by S. Dubreuil
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 morePublished on July 31 2005