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Preview — Skin Game by Caroline Kettlewell
This book was extraordinarily hard for me to read. I literally had to put it down and take a breather a couple times, which is why it took me several days to read such a short book. As a warning...more
but. i wish, wish, WISH that someone had given me this book when i first dealt with PTSD. because the book i was handed was Prozac Nation, and let me tell you, there was nothing i could find in there that really resonated with me - and i tried.
this is why, i think:
"I changed the subject, and he let it slide, which o...more
I can't deny that the problem has nothing to do with the calibre of writing itself - it's...more
Caroline Kettlewell is a strong and creative person, but underneath her skin is something so dark and discomforting. The only way to free it is to cut her own flesh where her blood can carry it away. Caroline begins self-harming in middle school and con...more
In fifth grade, Caroline began cutting her arms and legs. She felt that it was her only escape from the troubles of life. She continued doing this until she was in her twenties. After meeting and getting marr...more
Skin Game by Caroline Kettlewell is about a girl named Caroline (herself). At age twelve, she begins to cut herself. She tried to first cut herself when she was in seventh grade in her school’s bathroom, and she still continued to cut herself into her twenties. She began cutting to only see her own blood under a microscope. Later on, it was only to get her pain out.
Caroline at a young age, moved with her family to a boy’s boarding school. She and her sister were the only girls at the school. Aft...more
I absolutely loved this honest, straightforward memoir. The amount of background information given about Caroline and her family built a vivid picture of a girl and her struggle without being too word...more
Caroline effectively captures the ever-present angst, poor self-esteem, emotional complexity AND the way in which people with certain disorders can be grating and frus...more
This book is a remarkable memoir of growing up with self-mutilation. She tells of how it looked, felt, etc. It can get a bit graphic, but sometimes, you need the graphic stuff in order to understand the feelings.
I think that this book is exquisite. I think every self-injurer could identify with the feelings that Caroline went through. I think that non-'cutters' could identify...more
This is about a girl who feelings built up and she couldnt take it anymore, so she started cutting. She started at the of twelve to her twenties. I would recommend this book to anybody who has lost a loved one from cutting or if you have or still do. This could change your mind about thi...more
The last few chapters are the exception to this metaphor fest. They make this book worth reading, because it is an offer of hope for those struggling with similar issues.
Overall, not a bad book, but it could have been so much better. Instead the majority of it feels insecure.....more
The book was very triggering in a way.
I was disappointed that her recovery wasn't more detailed because this was one of the main reasons I wanted to read this book (it always amazes me...more
Kettlewell writes of her cutting experiences in extreme detail. She doesn't hide the joy and pure ecstasy that cutting brought her. The book can be hard to take because of it's description, but it sheds light on why people cut.