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Cut Paperback – Color, May 1, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
In this adaptation of McCormick's debut novel, Lewis (TV's Ellen) imbues her reading with the cynicism and pain of the book's troubled 15-year-old protagonist, Callie. Callie faces some difficult emotional hurdles as a "guest" at the residential treatment center where she has been sent because she cuts herself with sharp objects. In a flat, unaffected tone, befitting someone unhappy with her situation, Lewis's Callie explains the daily routines and schedules at Sea Pines, the facility dubbed "Sick Minds" by Callie's roommate. Though she doesn't speak to her fellow guests, or even her doctors at first, listeners are always privy to Callie's feelings and her impressions of her surroundings, be it what the anorexic guests don't eat or how the substance abuse guests cope. Details of her stressful, dysfunctional home life trickle out along the way; it's at these points that Lewis's vulnerable voice invites listeners to feel compassion for Callie. As Callie makes breakthroughs with her therapists and comes to better understand her behavior and its causes, Lewis meets the challenge of tearful scenes. Lewis never sounds phony, though, and conveys the hope in McCormick's ending, which suggests Callie's eventual recovery. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
Grades 7-12--This compelling novel by Patricia McCormick (Front St., 2000) is presented as a first-person account by Callie, who is confined to a mental health facility. Sea Pine (Sick Minds) is home to teenage "guests" with a variety of problems: substance abuse, anorexia, and behavior issues. Fifteen-year-old Callie cuts herself. While this account describes group therapy and Callie's fears, she sits silently during group and individual therapy sessions. The turning point occurs when she is gradually drawn into the lives of the other teen residents. Listeners anxiously wait to discover why Callie harms herself. Actress Clea Lewis does an excellent job of portraying the different characters with her voice inflections. Listeners are drawn into the girls' despair and become painfully aware of the emotional angst resulting in each girl's confinement at Sea Pines. A good choice for fans of Susanna Kaysen's Girl Interrupted -Lynda Short, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Lexington, KY
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The next question you may be asking (or for some the first) is likely, "Is this a good book about cutting?" To which I say that this is probably not a perfect imitation of the trails that one goes through when engaging in self-injury. Many of the problems and issues that go along with the condition feel as though they happened before the start of the novel such as: the pressure to hide the scars, the first cut, reactions from other peers (although it is touched on briefly), or even the parents finding out. However, that doesn't mean that we, as the reader aren't given a look into the mind of a girl clearly battling with an addiction she herself doesn't understand. Callie will rip your heart out at times, but she will also fill you with hope an inspiration as you take the journey with her to defeat her demons and find out what it is that makes her feel like the worst person ever.
"Cut" is definitely a great read. Its short, and as such it doesn't really delve into the issue of self-injury, but what it does do is deliver a rich and endearing tale on why its good to sometimes seek help, and that finding our voice is the only way to silence the things we never want to say. Self-injury aside, if you're looking for something new and interesting, give "Cut" a look.
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Fun, exciting and loved all of the characters. I hope there will be a sequel.