Kid Konnection: Cut
Callie is in a residential treatment facility because she’s a cutter. All she really wants, though, is to be left alone, so she refuses to speak to anyone. She won’t speak in her group or individual sessions, to her roommate, or even to her mom and brother when they come to visit. But Callie can’t ever get better without breaking her silence.
It’s been ten years since Cut by Patricia McCormick was first published and the book is still relevant today. On the surface, it’s a book about cutting and other self destructive behaviors, but deep down inside, it’s so much more. It’s about young people who feel lost and are burdened with so much responsibility that they feel a need for a release. When they can’t find a healthy one, they turn to self destructive behavior, which makes them feel more lost because it adds shame to their burdens.
Callie is a great character and one that many young people will relate too. She carries the weight of the world on her shoulders and feels responsible for many things that aren’t her fault. This seems to be a problem for more and more young people as our world becomes more complicated. The book doesn’t really explore Callie’s cutting or how the cutting makes her feel, but rather the reasons she cuts and her desperate need for it, so it’s not too graphic.
If you have any contact with teens, do yourself a favor and read this fantastic book!
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