Cut Paperback – 25 Sep 2009
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“I read Cut in one breathless sitting, mesmerized by 15-year-old Callie whose silent struggle against self-destructive impulses captured my heart as well as my admiration. In her memorable debut novel, Patricia McCormick takes the reader on a journey through the geography of a teenager’s troubled mind. We watch as she summons the courage to face the inward forces that threaten her sanity and, perhaps, her very life. You will not soon forget a girl named Callie and this remarkable novel.”— Robert Cormier
“First-timer McCormick tackles a side of mental illness that is rarely seen in young-adult literature in a believable and sensitive manner. … A thoughtful look at teenage mental illness and recovery.”— Kirkus
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”Most of the girls are anorexic. They're called guests with food issues. Some are druggies. They're called guests with substance abuse issues. The rest, like me, are called guests with behavioural issues. The nurses are called attendants. And the place is a residential treatment facility. It is not called a loony bin.”
Callie isn't speaking to anybody. Instead she watches and listens, absorbing and analysing everything that goes on at 'Sick Minds', the place where she was sent because she cuts herself.
Yet even as she continues to cut herself off from the rest of the world, Callie finds herself drawn into the lives of the other guests. And discovers she has power over life and death…
You say it's up to me to do the talking…--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition. See all Product Description
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In my opinion it's fairly light hearted around the subject, but I know a lot of people will completely disagree with me. Read it if you don't self harm and want to know some of the basics behind it, but otherwise don't bother.
Although squarely aimed at the mid-teen readership Cut has the maturity of tone to appeal to those older as well. Underneath the plot is a simple story of someone trying to understand herself which is a theme appealing to all. What is also interesting is the lack of male characters- Callie's brother and father are the only exceptions to the female dominance of the novel. Through this environment McCormick has created some realistic and sympathetic girls who's fight to get better is a tale defiantly worth reading.
I really "enjoyed" this book. This was one of the few books I've read that as a former self harmer (though I do occasionally have the odd accident) that went someway to describe the reality of why people cut. As a 29 y/o bloke I still managed to drop instantly into the mind and world of Callie. The opening few pages honestly describe how I first started to cut or atleast the descent into "madness" behind it. I guess that it's best to be in a your safe place...Just incase. My only complaint is that it's very short at 173 pages and to make it last I read at work so I could make it last as long as possible. The writing style though not upto Girl, Interrupted is still very good especially the 1st person perspective.
I would say if you liked Girl, Interrupted then buy this.
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great book, nice length for someone who doesn't want to commit to reading hundreds of pages. recommended age range i would say about 14-25 depending on maturity. Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2012 by kelsey
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 morePublished on 15 Nov. 2007 by TeensReadToo