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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  36,709 ratings  ·  1,967 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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jenny.
Jan 17, 2009 jenny. rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Jude
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...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for TeensReadToo.com

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...more
Shelby *wants some 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...more
Desiree
Feb 04, 2011 Desiree rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Robotribble
Sep 10, 2007 Robotribble rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Sara
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...more
Piper
Cut
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...more
Jack Spicer
Jun 05, 2007 Jack Spicer rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are in the struggle
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Thomas
Mar 28, 2009 Thomas rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
stephanie
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...more
Laura
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...more
Ashlee Ford
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Emma
Emma Andrews
period 12/13
"Cut"
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...more
Maggie61
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
Kelly Costa
Having a friend who went through this I thought this book was great. And so many times I felt myself thinking I know exactly what's going on in the heads of her friends and family. Very powerful story.
Natasha Anderson
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 patient...more
Kelly Rae :)
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Lauren
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...more
Emma
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...more
Rosie
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
Owen
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
Chris White
Feb 13, 2009 Chris White rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens and young adults
Recommended to Chris by: noone
Shelves: book-club
This book was amazing to me i liked it a bunch.I usually never finish a book unless it is very well written and has a good pase to the book.this book stars of with a girl running home from a run because she is a runner.she walks home and uses an easy cut to cut a ribbon then she puts the blade to her skin and that was the first time she cuts herself.but wht whole book is about the counsler trying to find out why callie cuts herself this is a great book and i suggest it to just about everyone.thi...more
Jen
Jan 18, 2010 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teen book clubs
Recommended to Jen by: scholastic's cheapo public school flyers
I don't cut myself on purpose. Instead, I kiss my knees. Which can be disturbing, but not as disturbing as hiding jagged can lids around for future slicing opportunities. Callie has a problem, and cutting herself is not it. That's a symptom of the problem. And the author does a pretty good job of showing this, of portraying Callie in a sympathetic light and letting the reader get what's really going on under the surface through Callie's actions and perceptions of other residents at the treatmen...more
Diane Yannick
Thank heavens I was already a Patricia McCormick fan before I read Cut. In an attempt to better understand the psychology of cutting, I chose this book because the author had spent 3 years researching the topic. For me, her research did not pay high dividends. Among many other complaints, I have my doubts about coupling cutting with dissociation. From what I've read, this is not the norm. Fifteen year old Callie, who ended up in a psychiatric facility, fell flat for me. I understand that the act...more
Jessica
Put under a read more because of triggers.

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Karlee Louthain

One in twelve teenagers self harm and very few of them tell someone about it and try to get help. Self harm is a serious thing that is going on around you at all times. It is important to talk to someone about it and get help before it’s too late. Cut by Patricia McCormick is a kind of realistic fiction book that is a great book for teens going through depression problems or self harm. It shows that talking to people really does make a difference.

Callie is a teenage girl who is in a therapy type...more
Alec
I related to this book a lot. When I started reading this book, I was a cutter myself, and I preactically cried at the end. Cutting is a serious thing and should be adressed in more ways. Thanks to Patricia McCormcik for writing such an amazing book!
Nikki Koch
This book is about a girl named Callie who finds herself in a place called Sea Pines. (or as her roommate calls it "Sick Minds")Sea Pines is a place for people with behavioral issues. Callie starts out not talking in this book. She doesn't talk to anybody not her counselor, other people with issues, or her escort. Then her counselor tells her that she is not cooperating so they might send her home. During lunch one of the days prior to her counselor telling her they might send her home, Callie...more
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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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