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entertaining, but does not tackle the issue very well
on 3 January 2004
Levenkron here describes the story of teenage girl who following abusive relations with her parents, their divorce and the pressure of her competition standard ice skating turns to self harm. The story is more dramatic than the 'average' self injurer's and so many will not feel they can identify with events in Katie's life. Speaking as one who has struggled with similar problems, the author often comes across as describing self injury in an over-simplistic, patronising manner. However, he tackles the issue bravely, without implying that the problem can be easily solved and contradicting some popular misconceptions. As a novel, Katie's character is never fully developed and the therapist Sherman from his previous book 'The Best Little Girl in the World' comes across as rather too perfect.
An interesting read, but unlikely to solve any deep questions about understanding the motivations behind self harm.