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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  52,591 ratings  ·  2,755 reviews
Callie cuts herself. Never too deep, never enough to die. But enough to feel the pain. Enough to feel the scream inside.

Now she's at Sea Pines, a "residential treatment facility" filled with girls struggling with problems of their own. Callie doesn't want to have anything to do with them. She doesn't want to have anything to do with anyone. She won't even speak.

But Callie
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Paperback, 151 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Push (first published October 30th 2000)
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Adrienne From what I understand, you will probably have better luck with A Bright Red Scream for learning psycology and motives behind the behavior.
Fresh Lezinto Easily one of my favourites in this category (weird how I have a ''favourite book in the 'hurt yourself' category), I especially appreciated that it…moreEasily one of my favourites in this category (weird how I have a ''favourite book in the 'hurt yourself' category), I especially appreciated that it wasn't really a book that gave off a typical happy ending or a 'solution' to certain people who go through this but more of a perspective...I don't know of this answer will be satisfactory to you(less)

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jenny.
Jun 08, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
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Desiree
Feb 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
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Jude
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 01-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
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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
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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
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Elizabeth
Dec 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
I find it very strange that Patricia McCormick spent three years of her life doing research for a 151-page book that really had no detail, description, story line, or character development of any kind.

Callie is a fifteen year-old cutter who is a patient at Sea Pines, but half of the time I was reading I forgot that she was in treatment for cutting because most of the book is centered around her social inabilities. It's never really explained why she cuts, how it started, or how she feels about
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Robotribble
Sep 10, 2007 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Krissy
I waited the entire book for some big twist. Callie is in a treatment facility because she is lost in her own depression and anxiety to the point that she's completely mute and self harms. The whole time I'm waiting to hear the details of why and how she's fallen into this pit of despair. What horrible traumatic event did she go through? Was she attacked? Abused? Had some horrible accident? Survivors guilt? What? Then you find out that it's because... (view spoiler) ...more
Ashlee
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Sara
Nov 25, 2008 added it
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
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Melissa Chung
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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Thomas
Mar 28, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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stephanie
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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!
Allwynne
Aug 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
I had heard a lot about this book before I read it, even before I had heard of booktube/goodreads and equivalent sites. One half of my dual major is psychology, so I was hoping for a good explanation on the mental health topics covered in it; also coming from a perspective of going through some of the things in this book as well, and I wanted a book to relate to in some way shape or form. I heard about some of the author's statements on why she wrote them, but since I heard so much about this sm ...more
Piper
Apr 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3rd-term-read
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
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Jack Spicer
Jun 05, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who are in the struggle
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
Your typical “what not to do” warning story.

I honestly don't know if it's necessary to say more, but I'll try. This is yet another poorly-researched book that doesn't try to be anything more than an issues book. It shows some teenagers who have done something wrong, sensationalizes that bad thing, and tells you not to do that thing.

Never does it try for character work, development, or even a sensible plot. The main character is unforgivably flat. In such a book, we need to see why the main cha
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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
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Nat
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
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Lauren Watts
Feb 27, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Morgan
Mar 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
My God is this book boring. The main character is one dimensional, completely flat. I cared about the supporting characters infinitely more than I cared about her. The ending is anticlimactic and extremely predictable. I knew what the last line would be within the first 20 pages. Yawn.
Cassidy
Nov 20, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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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
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Emma
Sep 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ssr
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
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Maggie61
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Trigger Warnings for the book: self-harm, eating disorders, substance abuse

Pros: The therapist actually acts like a therapist, and a good one at that. Mental health is depicted realistically and respectfully. This was an engaging and enlightening read that felt a little bit like a mystery.

Cons: None?

(In my video review I answer the questions "does it represent/portray well?", "did it make me think?" "does it perpetuate healthy ideals", "how was the writing?", "did I enjoy reading it", and "what
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Gary Butler
Jan 28, 2015 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.

Follow the link below to see my video review:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaq5w...

Elizabeth
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Add the privilege of seeing the author at my college months ago. It’s a difficult subject to write/review about but I think she did a pretty good job.
Allie
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow. Ouch. My. Flipping. Feelings.
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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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