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Cut by Patricia McCormick
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Nov 06, 11

Read from November 05 to 06, 2011

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Rating: **** The main character, Callie, tells the story of cutting herself. This is a topic I have never understood, and this book gives some insight into the mind of a “cutter.” Callie is a compelling character, and her story is very real for many teenagers.

Summary: Callie has been sent to Sea Pines, also know as Sick Minds, for cutting herself. She is fifteen years old and doesn’t speak to anyone in the beginning. Her therapist is finally able to help Callie understand why she cuts herself. She begins talking as she begins interacting with the other patients.

Main Characters:
Callie – Callie is fifteen years old. She has a little brother she feels responsible for, her mother is afraid of everything, and her father is always working. She begins cutting herself and is sent to a treatment facility. She is very withdrawn and refuses to speak in the beginning.
"You" (real name is never given) - Callie's psychiatrist is very kind and gentle towards her. She seems to know intuitively how to get Callie to finally open up.

Key Issues: mental illness, substance abuse, teenage problems, therapy, family, friendship

Other Interesting Information: Cutting is a type of self-mutilation. Most people who cut are girls, but boys also cut. People who cut usually start cutting in their early teens and some continue into their adulthood. Cut is Patricia McCormick’s first novel, and she has since written several other books dealing with serious issues.
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