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Cut: The True Story of an Abandoned, Abused Little Girl Who Was Desperate to Be Part of a Family

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In her new book, the no.1 bestselling author of Damaged tells the story of the Dawn, a sweet and seemingly well-balanced girl whose outward appearance masks a traumatic childhood of suffering at the hands of the very people who should have cared for her.
ebook, 320 pages
Published January 19th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Sarah Yes, it is non fiction. Entirely a recollection of true life events by the author.
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Heidi
Nov 30, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like books about people who overcome terrible childhood experiences and turn their lives around. And I like books about children in foster care who find love and acceptance, or books about teachers who manage to break through to a special-needs child, or books about an adult whose life was enriched, not destroyed, by unusual experiences in childhood. I find these books inspiring.

But I don't like the books that give gory details about abuse. I understand that it happens, but I prefer the books
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Sarah
May 01, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although the subject matter of this story is quite sad (it's about a child that harms herself and has dealt with emotional and physical abuse), Cathy Glass did a phenomenal job in writing the story. Even though Glass was one of the main characters in the story she did not take away the true main character of the story, which was the child she was a foster carer to, named Dawn. Glass was able to project her wonder as to how this polite girl got to be so stressed and anxious that she was walking i ...more
Fani
Jan 01, 2014 Fani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I was in a place where i had no computer and absolutely nothing to do, while i was searching for something interesting to past time i came across a pile of old books, among them the book that stood out more was the "Cut" so i decided to read it just to keep myself busy with something. I didn't know what kind of book it was at the time because i didn't bother to read the description i only looked at the cover so i thought i would have some fun while reading it.

Of course i didn't get what i was e
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alhafizol
Dec 21, 2010 alhafizol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrow
The Story: Dawn is rejected by her parents and is left at the social care institution. She is then taken in by her foster parents Cathy and John. They treat her as a daughter but little do they know that, Dawn is going to be hard to handle. One night, Cathy awakes to find Dawn standing over her baby, Adrian's cot. This freaks them out and a nightmare is about to start. They know something is wrong with Dawn and try to help but it's not going to be easy as Dawn's past is kept secret from them. "C ...more
Den
Aug 22, 2011 Den rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true, 2012
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Love
Jan 12, 2009 Love rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Caroline
Feb 23, 2013 Caroline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abuse, feb2013
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Gillian Taylor
May 29, 2012 Gillian Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well written account of a young girl who is placed in foster care with Cathy & her husband when social services employed a 'dump & run' policy.
Dawn's problems soon become evident in a series of events which are unexplained by her social worker & mother leaving little help for the family.
Eventually the truth of Dawn's emotional problems comes to light & help is finally given when she is moved back in with her mother.
This is a very harrowing book to read yet I felt compelled to f
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Syura
Apr 29, 2011 Syura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is my first of Cathy Glass's. It took me less than 12 hours to finish reading this book, I was so hooked up to it but unfortunately not for long. Gradually the story got so flat and the ending was predictable.

I got bored with Glass's leniency towards Dawn whenever she played truant, or went back home late on nights she was allowed out. Basically, it was boring. I just want to finish for the sake of knowing what really happened to Dawn in her childhood. Period.

As I am not good with synopsi
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Shilpi Jain
One of those books that you can't wait to finish! (in a good way, of course). This is a first-person account of the foster carer of a disturbed little girl with a history of truanting, alcoholism, sleepwalking and arson. I won't give the ending away but brownie points for Cathy Glass for penning a gripping story, the only 'funny' part was that Cathy constantly tries to justify her husband's annoyance at Dawn's behavior to the reader which made me think if she has presented the facts as dispassio ...more
Amber Hatfield
Jan 29, 2013 Amber Hatfield rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook
3.5 stars for this book. Only because it would be morbid of me to like this book anymore than that. This was an excellent account of the life of a foster parent and the horrible abuses these innocent kids face everyday. The foster care system leaves lot to be desired. Breaks my heart knowing there are precious kids out there needing our help, but dont receive it. Sad world this is and Cathy Glass has done an excellent job sharing her experiences with us.
Six-Fingered Nigel
Again, a brilliant read. Heart-wrenching as it uncovers the stark truths of what unexplained behaviour can hide about someone's past. And the the extreme courage and patience to find the ability to try and help.
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
This was a great read. Although it tackled some very tough issues, it wasn't a testing read and simply left me wanting to read more. It kept a good pace and was well written in terms of being able to sense what the characters were going through. It was difficult to put this book down!
Ashley Jacobson
Mar 14, 2017 Ashley Jacobson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-biography
Man! This was a good story, but a hard read! It reminded me of my days working at a girls home and I was scared for Cathy and her family. I know what it feels like to love someone, but be worried about protecting yourself from them. It is hard to be on guard to protect yourself and keep them safe, while at the same time trying to let down your guard and really connect with and help them. I cannot imagine what Cathy and Jon went through. No support from social services. No idea what they were doi ...more
Donna
Nov 14, 2016 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Story

The book is a very powerful one and should be read by teachers, foster parents and those dealing with abused children. This is the story of a young girl named Dawn, who, through no fault of her own, is sent to foster care because she is out of control and her mother feels helpless to deal with her.

Cathy and John, her foster parents, have such patience and kindness towards Dawn in spite of the pain and problems she causes them. But, ultimately, Dawn's cries for help are answered pr
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Rachel
Dec 16, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is what it is: a 'misery memoir'. I would give it 3 1/2 stars! Despite the title, tagline and cover image, there isn't a sense at all in the actual text that the author is trying to sensationalise anything too much. It's well-written and engaging. She doesn't paint the foster daughter as a completely sympathetic character or herself as a saintly saviour and while, as a reader of a 'story', you almost want to read the 'gory details' of the abusive history, they aren't given. I understand she's ...more
Kavya Shankar
Mar 03, 2017 Kavya Shankar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Cut" by Cathy Glass was an excellent read. It was a true novel about a little girl who has been tossed on from foster to home to foster home, and has been abused in the process. All she really wants is someone to love her and Cathy and John believed that they could give that to her. This book was truly heartwarming and taught a lot of important lessons like love, decision-making, and what it means to be a family.
Jennifer Lynn
A novel that would have made a better short story, in my humble opinion. The 'secret' that was teased was teased for far too long, and the foster mom character fluctuates between being a saint-like character or a complete dolt. Unrealistic at times, as well.
Irene Moyer
Touching, ultimately uplifting

I was a foster parent. But in the U.S. we got good training and more help than the Glass family. Still, it could be very tough. Some stories ended well, others not. A good account.
Dustin Hartley
Reads too much like fiction.
Linda Phillips
Jan 08, 2017 Linda Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cathy Glass has written this and numerous other books about her journey as a foster mother. It is an honest and well written account of her experience with one badly abused young girl whose life was positively affected by Glass's care.
Emily Syme
Mar 04, 2017 Emily Syme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what kind of story I was getting into starting this. It really outlined how hard parenting can be, and how much harder I suspect fostering can be (I'm not a parent so this is an assumption I'm making). It also showed that while trust may be in a relationship, it can still be hard to open up to someone; as seen by Dawns lack of communication with Cathy. I like that Cathy added in at the end what she knew of how Dawn is doing now. It's good to know that she's (hopefully) thriving aft ...more
CHC94
Feb 18, 2013 CHC94 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
According to Goodreads, I read this book 3 years ago. It must have been pretty forgettable, because I don't remember it at all.

The story is about Dawn, a teenager who is placed into foster care with Cathy and her husband, John.

I am not sure where to start with my review since I had so many issues with the book.

I'll start with formatting & editing: There are many places in the story where sentences are either started and not completed, or pick up halfway in. Either way, I didn't quite know wh
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J.J. Nortyperson
Sep 22, 2016 J.J. Nortyperson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very sad
Gretchen
Jan 22, 2013 Gretchen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story that is hard to read (in terms of subject matter), and yet worth the effort. Dawn is the second child Cathy Glass and her husband fostered, and she's a very disturbed girl. Rejected by her parents and running from secrets she believes are too horrible to redeem, Dawn is broken and lost. At 13 she stays out all night, drinks, cuts herself, skips school, and attempts suicide more than once. But she can also be a pleasant and agreeable child who shows affection and seeks the approval of her ...more
Jaymee-laura


Cathy glass is up there with my favourite authors. Her books never fail to capture me, I always read them in a few days because I just can't put them down, and cut was no exception.

Dawns story is very sad, but glass manages to tell it in the most captivating way, so it's readable, manageable, but still packs a huge punch. The genre of this book, true story about childhood survival, is one of my most read. To hear someone tell their story that is so emotional and tragic, and to know they came ou
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Monisha
Jan 19, 2014 Monisha rated it liked it
This is kinda hard for me to judge because it's nonfiction and the writing style isn't nearly as important as it is fiction. And I know that, considering the subject matter, I shouldn't be a jerk about the writing.

But there are certain things I just can't get around.

There were times where Glass tried to spice up her writing by throwing in words that were more sophisticated than the rest of her writing. Unfortunately, those words disrupted the flow of the narrative. I understand the want to use
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Kimberly
At first I will start by stating I found it hard to put this book down. For a few reasons: it is well written, I wanted to find an inspirational memoir, and I wanted to find a happy ending. With that said I will state that I was disappointed but not in the writing of the story. The author is able to weave the details well.

The author of this book is a Foster parent and relays her experience with an abused child. The writing flows easily as the story unveils and it causes one to have a connection
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Kayleen
Feb 01, 2010 Kayleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I picked this up because it has been on my shelves to to-read for years, and cause I was also in the mood for something disturbingly depressing. This isn't my first book about self-mutilation, far from it really, but this is the first book I've read where it was from the point of view of the foster care parent; I didn't know this until I started it. I think, no I know, I would have liked it a lot better if it was from the point of view of the girl, Dawn, but I was also kind of impressed and intr ...more
Gail Amendt
Nov 22, 2014 Gail Amendt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hfu2014ba
Cathy Glass(a pseudonym) has written a series of books about the troubled children she has cared for in her many years as a foster parent. Apparently they are very popular, although this is the first I have ever read. It is an easy read, taking me only about a day. The writing style and language are very simple, but that doesn't take away from the power of the story she tells. This book tells the story of the second foster child she and her husband took in, back when little support or training w ...more
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Cathy Glass is a bestselling British author, freelance writer and foster carer.
Her work is strongly identified with both the True Life Stories and Inspirational Memoirs genres, and she has also written a parenting guide to bringing up children, Happy Kids, and a novel, The Girl in the Mirror, based on a true story.
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“Running away from a problem never helps. At some point it has to be confronted and dealt with.” 8 likes
“Cathy slowly discovers the terrible childhood Dawn has had; rejected by her parents, left to fend for herself, then subjected to violent treatment by her relatives.” 5 likes
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