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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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Heidi
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
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
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Caroline Alicia
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Gillian Taylor
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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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
Syura
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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Gail Amendt
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
Amber Hatfield
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.
Monisha
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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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!
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.
Sheryl Roberts
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Fani
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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Jenny Hayworth
I found it hard to put down. I was horrified at the total lack of information and support from foster care agency they were given with this disturbed young girl and are so thankful things have changed since Cathy Glass first fostered this child. The commitment and dedication for months are to be applauded when their lives were so negatively affected for weeks on end through lack of sleep and worry, especially with a new baby. Not enough credit is given to foster carers for the work they do. The ...more
alhafizol
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
Kayleen
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
Bookish
I liked this book, but found Torey Hayden a better writer - although from an educator's view rather than a foster carer. I particularly liked Ghost Girl by Torey Hayden Ghost Girl but don't want to say much in case I give away the plot.

Another excellent biography is Twenty-Two Faces Twenty-Two Faces by Judy Byington - I just couldn't stop reading it once I started. Her bravery was incredible and her experiences of healing and recovery from a difficult life. I often read things like Cut and Ghost Girl and wonder what happens to the children after, and
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Gretchen
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
Maria George
This book is one of the best books I believe to have ever read. The story is truly shocking yet so inspiring, I've read it several times and it never seems to lose impact on me when I'm done. I can relate to so much within the book and believe that it's the sort of book that should be read to English students in high schools or further education. I loved the look of the book just from reading the blurb and didn't think twice before going straight to the counter to buy it. After reading, I went o ...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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Al
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. Dawn was the first girl Cathy Glass ever fostered. Sweet and seemingly well balanced girl, Dawn?s outward appearance masked a traumatic childhood so awful, that even she could not remember it. During the first night, Cathy awoke to see Dawn loom ...more
Terri Davis
Bit of a slower read, but I was interested throughout because it's been a long time since a true story has pulled me in so completely. I wanted the little girl in the story to discover love, not in the romantic sense, but the kind of love that comes from unconditional acceptance. Sad that such things really happen in life, but happy that someone was willing to stand in the gap.
Kelly
This is Cathy's third book, but it's set before the other two, back when they first started fostering whilst trying to start a family of their own. Dawn was their second foster child, and she really opened their eyes to how some children have suffered, and the kind of trouble they get in to trying to relieve what they feel about themselves. I read this in one sitting because the writing style is just so easy and flows through so well, you almost don't realise so much time has passed because you ...more
Eva Leger
Okay, second to last book I had waiting that I should have reviewed when I read it (3+ months ago).
I don't remember details of this because it was so long ago and I read a lot but I remember the girl Glass talked about vaguely and I do remember that Glass is her normal non-biased, well spoken/written self.
I've read a good number of books by Glass and I plan to read every one (except for the self-help, I don't do self-help).
If anyone is thinking about reading her books I'd recommend going in orde
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Lorraine
This book addressed many serious issues. I really enjoyed reading the story of young Dawn and how her depressing childhood and troubled teenage life didn't stop her from finally succeeding. It goes to prove that with the right help things can get better. Another great read by Cathy Glass
Dundee Library
This was an inspiring, true story of an inexperienced foster family trying to help a severely damaged little girl deal with and overcome the effects of abuse she suffered in her short life. The account of Dawn's life as seen through the eyes of her foster mother is sad and heartbreaking. The family is trying their best to help her develop into a normal pre-teen. The frustration they experience of being unaware of all the abuse she has suffered seemed minor compared to the frustration I felt for ...more
Megan Haste
Loved it. The first of Cathy Glass' books that I read. I couldn't put this book down, and enjoyed it more than words can express. My heart goes out to all involved in the situation played out.
Lori Habberstad hall
This was my first Cathy Glass novel, and after reading it, I am sure to read more. I love the heart the author shows throughout the book for the children she had in her care.
Maybe the frustration I felt towards the "system" is part of what makes the book good. It drew me in and made me angry and sad on behalf of Cathy and John, and their dealings with the foster system. The love they have for a very troubled girl is evident on every page, as well as their lack of experience in parenting a teen.
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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.
Glass has worked as a foster career for more than 20 years, during which time she ha
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“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.” 3 likes
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