I can't deny that the problem has nothing to do with the calibre of writing itself - it's ...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
Caroline was just a young girl when she started to cut herself. She had started to cut herself because of her body image. Once she had the image in her mind that her body was not the body she wanted she started to 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
This is the painful journey filled with self hate and mutilation and poor self images, which led Carolina Kettlewell through a twenty-year period. s such a young, normal girl as twelve, but with physically attraction opened early after her family lived on a Private School For Boys property, and she had enough time to bond and become closer to four ...more
From ages twelve to her twenties she cut because of her emotions and what was going on in her life. She was also fascinated with her own blood and the way it moved through her body and the way it looked. I think Kettlewell did a good job portraying her story on paper. I would recommend this book to female teenagers or any ...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
Overall, I liked this book and the messages it brought with it. I enjoyed the painfully truthful ending and the hard-to-hear incidents that the author endured over her life with self-harm and intrusive thoughts. The author did not hold back details that would make the reader cringe, which is exactly how she should shed light on the epidemic of self-mutilation.
I took off a star because at ...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
As the book states, this is a highly personal account but I think that only makes it more accurate. Instead of sticking to theoretical average effects this book describes very precise symptoms but through them one can gain insight into these phenomenon.
The focus of the book is how the protagonist fell into depression and started cutting. The redemptive element of the story takes far ...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
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