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Confessions Of A Cutter [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Verde
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Book Description

Updated and expanded edition, April 2014.
In this shockingly candid memoir, award-winning writer Lisa Verde exposes the truth about her personal journey with self mutilation. She details the years of childhood sexual abuse, humiliation, and neglect that finally led to the spontaneous revelation that cutting and burning herself would keep her tethered to reality.

In a boldly convention-defying analysis, Verde asserts that burning and cutting herself from age 11 to 19 was a strong self-administered therapy that ultimately saved her sanity and her life.

As she writes: "I wanted to die, but more than that, I wanted to not die."

This work of non-fiction represents the very intimate struggle of one girl's journey into womanhood and wellness, through the personal struggle for courage and sanity.

Approximately 12,500 words, or 45-60 minutes of reading time.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Representation of a True Addiction April 17, 2014
By Nessa
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I was absolutely disgusted and disappointed in this book. The fact that she states that the things she's read seem to trivialize cutting, then states that she got over it herself, does just that - makes it seem more simple than it is. Cutting IS an addiction. It's one that I spent time in a treatment center for. Yes, it's as a result of other circumstances & mental illnesses, but it's an addiction, much like drugs or alcohol. People DON'T just stop after adolescence as she suggests at the end (I'd like to know where she gets her facts) and not wanting to talk about it doesn't help to make a topic like cutting any less taboo. In fact, if she did her research, she'd see that yes, it does impact adolescents and young adults the most, but it doesn't end there are plenty of adults, and even the elderly, that self-harm. It may not be in the form of cutting all the time, but self-harm is self-harm. The fact that she proudly states it was "absolutely the right thing to do" is incredibly irresponsible, as if you can only get through a situation successfully with a coping mechanism so destructive. To say she was selfish and self-indulgent for going through this "phase" does an injustice to those who actually suffer with this addiction. It IS beyond their control & implying that it makes them selfish or self-indulgent doesn't do justice to the fact that most self-harm addicts (but apparently not her) try to hide their wounds & scars so that they DON'T impact others. It's a disease of secrets, not bragging and "trophies" as she likes to portray. People in these situations aren't standing around letting people put cigarettes out on them. They're hiding these issues, not flaunting them. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the confessions of a cutter November 29, 2013
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i chose this rating because i loved this book .... making sense to a 13 year old girl ... i myself have never self harmed or been molested .... but i do know kids and people who have and it makes me have a whole new outlook on people who have .... and i think i understand it and there pain a little bit more now ....
i would recommend this book to people of all ages ... it will help you understand more then ever about this subject. i loved it i wish it would've been a longer read.. but its worth the money
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing March 22, 2014
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Inspiring. Made me cry. A necessity to read this. This story is something that shows that everyone has a purpose.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book June 29, 2014
By em
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this book is so good.it helped me with my cutting.I wish she would Wright another book about her life now. other than that it's a great book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book May 15, 2014
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I love this book, personally. It takes courage to tell someone that you cut. But in a book, it must have been hard publishing this. Telling the whole world that you have done these kinds of things is truly brave. I have cut before and it's nice to know that I'm not alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good May 13, 2014
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Omfg I loved this book it took me 1 hour and 15 mins to read I couldn't put it down!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book May 12, 2014
By Charlie
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I don't know how to explain it but it was amazing. If you haven't read this. Get it now an read it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars it was true April 29, 2014
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The reason I liked this book was how accurate it was. The feelings. The times of cutting. What it was like to be in a mental hospital. The only thing I didn't like was the writing style. It was ok, but it was more informational than anything.
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More About the Author

Lisa Verde's memoirs and books have helped thousands of people understand the nature of living as a cutter and abuse survivor. Her frank and intellectual style provide support and messages of optimism and strength.

Like Lisa Verde on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LisaVerdeWriter
Find her on the web at http://lisaverde.net

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