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Kid Konnection: Cut

May 21, 2011

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!

For more children’s books reviews, go to Booking Mama’s feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week,  leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Big Honcho Media.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
19 Comments leave one →
  1. May 21, 2011 6:52 am

    I thought this book was a good introduction to cutting. It was done respectfully.

  2. May 21, 2011 7:44 am

    I’m glad you mentioned it’s not too graphic. I bet a lot of kids would benefit from knowing that others feel as they do. Thanks for your review!

  3. May 21, 2011 8:00 am

    I just finished this one too. It’s a very powerful book and one that warrants some discussion. I admit that it did affect me — especially as a mother.

  4. May 21, 2011 8:30 am

    I’ve read some great reviews of this book – and her other, Sold. She looks like an author than I want to check out.

  5. May 21, 2011 8:56 am

    The fact that the book is just as affecting and relevant ten years later says alot I think.

    It sounds like the author did a sensitive job handling a serious issue. I am adding this to my list, thanks 🙂

  6. May 21, 2011 9:09 am

    You’ve been reading some intense books lately!

  7. May 21, 2011 9:11 am

    My daughter has a cutter in her class, so we’ve witnessed this stuff up close and it isn’t pleasant. Although it is uncomfortable to face these problems, it would probably be a good idea for every parent to read.

  8. May 21, 2011 10:54 am

    The subject of cutting has always made me distinctly uncomfortable for some reason, and I worry that books that feature it as a main subject will somehow glorify it. It sounds like this book doesn’t do that, which interests and intrigues me. I might indeed have to check this one out. Thanks for the awesome review, Kathy!

  9. May 21, 2011 3:12 pm

    Great book. It is a problem, and one perhaps not dealt with a lot in books

  10. May 22, 2011 1:01 am

    I love Kid Konnection! Cut sounds very interesting. I just read WINTERGIRLS, by Laurie Halse Anderson, which is primarily about anorexia but also has some cutting in it. It is a disturbing phenomenon.

  11. May 22, 2011 1:42 am

    I don’t have any teenagers in my family, all my siblings are grown-ups but I still think it’s good to read it. We may come across a situation like this someday although I wish not.

  12. May 22, 2011 5:31 am

    Sounds like an intense book and one that must be read by teenagers. I’ve hardly read any books on cutting. I’m glad to hear that Cut tackles this issue more sensitively.

  13. May 22, 2011 5:17 pm

    This is a good book not only for teens but also parents. The more a parent can be exposed to what is happening to teens the better. Thanks for sharing.

  14. May 22, 2011 8:33 pm

    I’ve never heard of this book but I’ve heard of cutting and it is just something I don’t understand. Sounds like this book would help me to understand it though.

  15. May 23, 2011 11:30 am

    Life as a teenager seems to get more and more difficult with each passing generation. The self loathing that seems to spark harm to one’s inner and outer health is evident by what we read in the news everyday. Going to spread the word to friends about this one. It’s something we should all read to be aware of what to look out for.

  16. May 29, 2011 1:16 pm

    I just finished this one this morning and really enjoyed it. For such a quick read it was jam packed. I can see why it is so powerful and influential.

  17. May 31, 2011 4:15 pm

    Dear Bermuda Onion,

    I hope it’s kosher for an author to weigh in … but I just had to let you know how much your review meant to me. You “got it” in a way that few reviewers have – but in a way that so many young readers do. Namely, that it has some kind of appeal beyond kids who self-injure because it speaks about how so many kids shoulder burdens that are not rightly theirs or that are beyond their chronological age.

    Often, at book signings, one girl will pull me aside and whisper something like “You told my story.” But far many more say they identified with the book because they too feel overlooked and unheard as they search for healthy ways to vent all the confusion they feel just trying to grow up.

    Thanks so much for your thoughtful response to the book.

    All the best,
    Patty McCormick

  18. June 9, 2011 8:43 pm

    What an excellent review Kathy! This is an issue that is so important to discuss with parents, teens and others. I definitely want to read this book.

  19. June 10, 2011 9:54 am

    I’m going to add this one to my wish list, cutting hits very close to home so I’m drawn to these books. However, I’ve had Willow at home for awhile now and can’t bring myself to read it yet no matter how much I want to. Guess I’ll just add this to the list..I know I’ll get to it eventually.

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