Thursday, January 08, 2009

Cut - Patricia McCormick


Rating : 4.5/5
Number of Pages : 151
Format : Teenage Fiction
Reason for Reading : 999 Challenge, have been interested in reading it for some time

Callie is a "guest" at Sick Minds (real name Sea Pines, but the girls note there are no pines and the sea is no where near). She cuts herself and was sent there in the hopes that she would stop and confront her problems. Firstly though she will need to start talking again at all if she is to start to figure out the root of her problems.

Callie is part of a group of girls at the institute. They are split into "food issue" girls, "substance abuse issue" girls and Callie is labelled as a "behavioural issues" girl until they figure out what to do with her. Through Callie we get to know the other girls Sydney, Tiffany, Tara, Debbie and Becca and see how they are dealing with (or not in some cases) their issues. Callie is so focused on the little details during her time not talking. She takes to counting the stripes on the wallpaper in her therapists office, counting the cars outside and memorising their colours etc. Unless she can open up though, things are not going to improve for her.

Life at Sick Minds changes for Callie when new girl Amanda joins. She also cuts herself but is very different to Callie. At the same time Callie hears from her mother and the news upsets her. In dealing with things she harms herself again and has a bit of a wake up call. She is finally in a place where she is able to very slowly come to terms with her feelings.

I really enjoyed this book a lot. Very true to life. I liked that the ending was positive and gave you the feeling Callie would be ok, but that it did nothave some kind of magic quick fix all better now attitude. The other girls in the group were fun (Sydney especially) and I enjoyed getting to know them all. Highly recommended.

10 comments:

jehara said...

i read that last year and really enjoyed it as well. great review. :)

Melody said...

Sounds like a good read; and I'm glad there's a positive ending. I think the cover is great!

Debi said...

Wonderful review! Yep, to the wish list it goes...

mariel said...

Sounds interesting. Its good to explore issues like self harm in novels like this (as long as they are treated well). People often avoid biographies because they are too painful or shocking to read. Glad you liked it.

DesLily said...

I'll have to look into this. the author has my birth name! Patricia McCormick!.. now if I could only write! hehe

Nymeth said...

To the wishlist it goes indeed. It sounds excellent, and it's good to see a book that deals with these topics in an honest way.

jpderosnay said...

this sounds really well done. there is quite a bit of this sort of thing being written, so its really good when there's one thats written well.

glad you enjoyed it!

samantha.1020 said...

This sounds really interesting. Great review!

Ladytink_534 said...

I'm so glad that there are books about this issue now!

Maw Books said...

I reviewed this book last year too after reading McCormick's Sold, which I loved. I immediately went out and read everything she'd published, this and My Brother's Keeper. I enjoyed them all but Sold was my favorite.