INITIAL REVIEW: This weeks book is by Patricia McCormick its called Cut, I’ve only read about 50 or so pages into the book and I don’t know if I’m the only one but I feel as though this book was made for not only me but teens in general. Its about a girl named Callie, who is seemed to be an average young teen girl but she has a secret… she cuts herself, not deep enough to kill herself but deep enough to feel the pain. Callie used to be “normal” Callie was an athlete, she ran track, and was a good student but what changed her?

“Then I place the blade next to the skin on my palm. A tingle arced across my scalp. The flood tipped up at me and my body spiraled away. Then I was on the ceiling looking down, waiting to see what would happen next. What happened next was that a perfect, straight line of blood bloomed from under the blade. The line grow into a long, Fat bubble, A lush crimson bubble that got bigger and bigger. I watch from above, waiting to see how big it would get before it burst. when it did, I felt awesome. Satisfied, finally. Then exhausted.”

Now I know what you’re thinking another book about a depressed kid seeking attention through forms of harm but listen, if you take the time to read this book I think a lot of people can relate. Callie is struggling with parental and family issues and is placed in the care of a mental facility (Sea Pines) from there she is reluctant to speak a word, and she meets other young girls struggling with there own issues ranging from substance abuse to anorexia.

Throughout the book Callie continues to remain mute, she doesn’t speak to her counselor and she starts to blame the problems in her life on herself. She smuggles sharp objects into her facility and as she starts making friends she open up and tell them the reasons for her self harm ways. Callie who is antisocial at the facility opens up to a new girl named Amanda who makes her realize that what she’s doing is affecting her. This book is definitely one for growing teens, I think a lot of them can relate to this book especially with what’s going on in society now. This book is filed with great detail which makes it easier and more of an interesting read.

FINAL REVIEW: I have to admit; this book is very emotional and for some people may be hard to read but since I have read the book Cut by Patricia McCormick (151) I feel as though this book was just as good as I initially reviewed. I liked the fact that the book portrayed her as a young teen battling a struggle and like most teens, I feel that they can relate to what she is going through.

As a teen, I know that many others struggle with all types of issues. Books like these are the ones that influence them and let them know that it’s okay to go through things and that it’ll be all right in the long run. Sometimes we are at a loss for words or options and thus it that can cause one to harm themselves or others, this story gives a good idea of how they feel and can give others a good insight. What I did like was that after Callie did decide to open up to her peers she got to really go into depth about their own problems and you get to picture how teens fighting mental and physical illnesses are alike.

One thing I did not like was that it took her so long to open up to everyone about her situation; although everyone has different feelings and it is beyond my reach to control anyone’s, I was starting to feel like the book was dragging that part along. Also, I didn’t like how the author made Callie so useless, I felt like she had a lot of potential because she was a runner and it was disappointing to see that she couldn’t make any use of herself and let her problems consume her. In my opinion the author should have portrayed her as more willing to overcome her issues rather than take so long to open up. Overall, I had no other complaints about the book.

“Sometimes when we’re in situations where we feel we’re not in control, we do things, especially things that take a lot of energy, as a way of making ourselves feel we have some power.”

-Patricia McCormick, Cut

Word count: (final review 327)