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3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  47,892 Ratings  ·  2,434 Reviews
This debut novel deals boldly with mental illness and is by turns riveting, thrilling and heartbreaking. Teens will relate to the adolescent drama and all-important friends as the main character tries to "cut" it. The bittersweet tale will resonate in the turbulent world of young adults and its readers will find hope in its uplifting end.
Paperback, 190 pages
Published September 2004 by Fischer (first published October 30th 2000)
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Jun 08, 2008 jenny. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: perhaps to people who only want a weak and vague overview?
I actually read this book approximately two years ago, while I was undergoing the problem presented in this book. What I had hoped to find was perhaps a level of understanding, or just some -- any -- meaning. But in all honestly, I finished it about two hours later, consumed by irritation and aggravation at the injustice of this book on a scale of many different levels!

As I've stated, I am one of the people who has undergone the emotions and mentality in order to become so desensitised as to pe
Feb 04, 2011 Desiree rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
I'm going to skip over the summary of the story as many other reviewers have already taken care of that and explain my reasoning behind a single star rating.

First of all, I am a cutter (have been for 10 years and will always identify as such whether or not I'm actively self-injuring) who grew up with a neglectful mother who suffers from untreated bipolar disorder. In my opinion, based on my experiences and the reasons behind my cutting, I will say that a good 98% of this book is either a heavily
Oct 15, 2011 Jude rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
You know, it's hard to review a book like this one. I bought this book while I was going through some tough situations and they recommended it to me, saying it would help me with my own cutting issues. And, I'm happy to say, it did.

This book was no Love story, it was no inspirational story, not a memoir, not dramatic. It was just real. I was incredibly surprised when I heard that the author has never self-harmed, I really was, it was like reading my own story. Callie is a cutter and she's intern
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I read that the author researched for 3 years before writing this book. Now is that violating GR's terms since I mentioned the author? Heck it's to the point where I don't know how to review a book anymore. I guess since I'm giving it 2 stars (which is not horrible) it's ok? If she did I just don't get it. The characters completely felt lifeless to me.
Maybe if the book was longer? I've read shorter books though that got their point across better. It's a sensitive subject that's handled here and
Jennifer Wardrip
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CUT is an amazing first novel by Patricia McCormick that offers a glimpse inside the mind of a 15-year-old girl who cuts herself. For Callie, life just became too complicated. The solution lay right in front of her. One tiny cut. A bubble of red. And yes, pain. Then, escape.

Callie now resides at Sea Pines with several other girls seeking treatment for a myriad of other disorders. She goes to group share time, hooks her sleeves over her thumbs, and
Sep 10, 2007 Robotribble rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Other People? Those Who Aren't Afraid Of Cuts And Blood. :/
I remember reading this book when I was eleven or so, and I found it really interesting. The way it's written [the main character speaks in a way that she addresses You yourself, as if you're her counselor] sort of just sucks you in, and you sort of find yourself in Callie's head, seeing things the way she sees them.
I read this book back when I was a normal little kid, too. The subject matter didn't really bother me then I guess, because it's really, really a fascinating book.
m i C h e Lx3
Apr 18, 2008 m i C h e Lx3 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We all get depressed every now and then in our lives and to cure ourselves is a good laugh. But could you picture yourself becoming seriously depressed and your only relief is to self mutilate? Patricia McCormick, the author of "Cut", can. This book is written in the first-hand account of the author. Patricia describes growing up as an empty teen with many hardships and her only escape is to hold a blade against her skin and cut. To think that her troubles would stop there, she's sent to Sea Pi ...more
This book is obviously called "Cut."
if you like drama and detailed writing, this is the book for you! I do not recomend it to younger viewers. It is about a girl who cuts her wrists to replace her emotional pain with physical pain. She also never talks. After her mom found out she was cutting her wrists, she was sent to a place for people who are, Physicaly hurting themselves, Anorexic and other illnesses. After a month or two she finds ways to cut herself while she is there... And she begins t
Ashlee Telschow
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Mar 28, 2009 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People that are interested in the topic - but don't want to get too deep
Wow - this book is such a package for being such a short read. The main protaginist is Callie - a fifteen year old girl who suffers from an addiction that makes her cut herself. The story focuses on the time she spends at the Sea Pines (Sick Minds) Treatment Center and how she recovers from her problem.

As someone who knows what it feels like to experience this type of self-injury, this book really hindered my ability to really enjoy the book for what it's worth. I would give the book a 3.5, or s
Stephanie Brush
Jul 08, 2015 Stephanie Brush rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
I can really relate to calli, the main character in the book. She is fighting a mental illness and so do I !
It's like this book was about me, besides the cutting, this book was pretty good!
Apr 15, 2010 Piper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3rd-term-read
By: Patricia McCormick
Published in 2002
Publisher: Push
Classification: Young Adult fiction

This book Cut has a interesting story line. In the book you saw just how kids with "problems" are like.

Cut is about a 13 year old girl named Callie, who likes to cut herself. Never to deep, but just enough for her to feel the pain. Callie's parents sent her to a residential treatment facility to try to get her to stop cutting herself. The only problem is that Callie won't talk. Not until another girl che
Melissa Chung
Nov 14, 2015 Melissa Chung rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book. I have read a lot of mental illness books this year and this one was something I could totally relate to. Which allowed me to be invested in Callie's story and her recovery.

Callie is a cutter. She blames herself for her parents distance. For her mom being a nervous wreak, for her brother being sick. Callie has no way of expressing her fear, her sadness and anger and so she cuts herself. To numb the pain. I may not have been a cutter but I was a pincher. I would pinch the insid
i'm a sucker for the second person, so i think that i enjoyed the book more than i would have otherwise. i'm especially a sucker for second person when relating to a therapist, so this was kind of tailored for me.

that said, i think it could have been more. also, it didn't make a ton of sense - most people don't get shipped to resident facilities the first time they are really caught cutting. the reasoning behind her cutting was vague and, i thought, a little trite when she was so clearly capabl
Jack Spicer
Jun 05, 2007 Jack Spicer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are in the struggle
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Lauren Watts
I just finished this right before bed and i can't decide what rating to give it. Maybe a high 3? I liked how it showed an inner look at mental illness and self destruction. I think it would help lots of people understand how hard it is and maybe have more respect for those who self harm. I loved the writing and Callie. Those who self harm don't do it for attention. As the book showed they do it to let out inner feelings that they are trying to cope with. I've been clean for a year and a half. I' ...more
Jun 19, 2014 Nat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The general idea of this book was a good one. I, myself struggle with the problem in this book. The fact that the author had to research for this book makes me angry. I feel as if since she didn't have the problem herself she shouldn't have written it.
I heard a lot of good things about this book but, when I read it I got very frustrated. First off, you cannot cut yourself with a credit card. That is very unrealistic. Along with the fact that in mental hospitals they do not allow their patients
Well, there was some good stuff and some bad stuff.

Good: interesting characters (particularly fellow patients at Sea Pines), Callie's life story is relatively original, perspective is interesting, at some point becomes hard to put down, good ending... also, I'm a sucker for books written in the second person.

Bad: vague, and somewhat unrealistic. For example, the fact that she was in Sea Pines in the first place was just not true to real life. Believe me; you just do not get shipped off to a me
Books like this are often read by people who are suffering from the same pain as the main character and maybe in some cases it is comforting or cathartic to read about a similar situation. But even if that is the case I still think it's difficult to identify with the main character. Callie has some problems with depression, granted. But she is attention-seeking in her silent-treatment behavior and the progress she makes in the facility sounds superficial.
But I may be too close to the issue to ju
Sep 04, 2009 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ssr
Emma Andrews
period 12/13
by: Patricia McCormick
pgs: 160
completed: September 11, 2009
rating: 8
Book #2

Although she may be a very minor character in the book, the waitress from Dunkin' Donuts has a major importance. You're probably thinking "out of all the people that Callie has met, you choose the Dunkin' Donut waitress?" Of course, because this one stranger helps Callie realize that she needs to get better. Whereas people such as her doctors and therapists, have not once convinced Callie that
A few years ago, I tried to explain the life of a cutter to a friend. I tried to explain the reasoning of a cutter and desperation they feel but he was really confused and totally didn't get it. He didn't understand why they would do it, what they get out of it, why they can't just stop and they aren't crazy or suicidal. This book puts all that into words with Callie's story. This book needs to be read by so many, especially those that cut, that they know they are not alone and they can get help ...more
Gary Butler
Jan 28, 2015 Gary Butler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
9th book read in 2015.

Number 12 out of 437 on my all time book list.

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Jul 06, 2009 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I actually read Cut a couple of years ago around the time when I first began reading YA. However, when I was asked to partake in a promotion for it, I decided to give it another read, as I did not remember much about it. Amazingly enough, Patricia McCormick’s Cut was even more spectacular than I remembered. It seriously took my breath away with its realistic and raw portrayal of a teen dealing with a cutting problem.

For Callie, life hasn’t been all roses and peaches lately. She is currently res
Dec 18, 2012 Rosie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the story Cut by Patricia McCormick, Callie a 15-year-old girl suffers from cutting herself. She was sent to Sea Pines or as she calls it Sick Minds, for help. Sea Pines is a facility to help teens with mental illnesses and disorders. For the first few weeks she was there she didn’t talk at all, she didn’t say one word to anyone. She would sit in group with all of the other girls there, and not say anything. Callie would listen to everyone speak, but would never say a word. After Callie found ...more
Nov 17, 2012 Owen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Cut, Callie is a girl who has to go to a mental health facility after she begins to cut herself with her mother's Exacto knife. At this place, Sea Pines (Sick Minds as the girls call it), the residents all have problems, be it cutting or eating disorders, etc. For the first third or half of the book, Callie refuses to speak to anyone, but we still learn who she is as a person through the first person narration. We learn that she feels guilty for her brother's medical problems, and her parents ...more
Kelly Rae :)
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Feb 16, 2013 Addie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cut is a story that has a very dramatic and sad tone. Despite the sadness is couldn't put it down. Patricia McCormick is an amazing author for writing such an unbelievably exquisite book.
Cut is about a teen girl who feels as if self harming is the way to go for inner pain relief. Her name is Callie. Callie was sent to Sea Pines rehabilitation center. She was refusing treatment for self harming until she broke her long term silence.
The tone of the story was so nice it was in Callie's prospectiv
When I read this I was looking forward to reading a character where I could relate to about cutting. And I wish I never had to because I was sooooo disappointed. I didn't even finish this book. It was that bad.

I have nothing against the author or anything. Her writing style is okay but her characters bored me and I hated the main. I never met a character who doesn't even have a purpose when she cuts herself. Who does that? I mean, I tried really hard to understand her but she just drove me crazy
Ashley (TheNerdyBookmark)
Jul 29, 2012 Ashley (TheNerdyBookmark) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Angsty Teenagers
Shelves: reviewed, never-again
Another book I've held on to from my youth. I remembered it being better....

Which was the only reason why I've held on to it for as long as I have. I have realized it's just been a waste of space.

I might be a little TOO judgemental on this because of the subject matter. I have no interest in it nor sympathy/empathy for it. I won't get into my opinion of the matter because I do respect other people's views (so respect mine), but just know I roll my eyes at it so you can get a better understandi
May 04, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade: B

Callie doesn't speak. Not to her roommate. Not to the other girls in the treatment center. Not to her doctor. Not even to her beloved little brother. She doesn't know why she can't talk any more and she doesn't know why she cuts herself. But if she's going to start feeling better, she'll have to start trusting those who can help her figure out how.

Written for tweens and young teens, CUT is a good introduction to the problems and treatment for the mental health issues many teen girls face
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Patricia McCormick is a journalist and writer. She graduated from Rosemont College in 1978, followed by an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1986 and an M.F.A. from New School University in 1999. Her first novel for teens was Cut, about a young woman who self-injures herself. This was followed by My Brother's Keeper in 2005, about a boy struggling with his brother's ad ...more
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