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Skin Game by Caroline Kettlewell
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It all started at age 12 for Caroline Kettlewell. Cutting became an escape for her, a defence. "I know cutting was my defence against an internal chaos, against a sense of the world gone out of control." (60). This memoir spans almost two decades of her life, in which she cuts and tries to hide it.

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 wordy and detailed. The author gives you a genuine picture of her childhood and young adult years, which provides a lot of insight into her thoughts and emotions, and her need to cut. I often felt that Caroline had a great disdain for herself, her life, and even the world. The way she struggles with her deep desire to cut is described in such an honest, open way that I was mesmerized. Nothing felt added or edited in Skin Game for entertainment or shock value. It all felt sincere. I really sympathized with her emotions and struggles, and I think a lot of people can relate to some or all of her memoir, even if they don’t want to admit it.

Skin Game is a fantastic, deep read. The writing set a great pace where I felt like I was progressing in the story, but not missing any important details. After reading it, I’ve found myself mulling it over, unable to get Caroline’s life out of my head. I would definitely recommend this book to those who have struggled with cutting or to those who love someone who does.

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