Sunday, March 08, 2009


Author: Patricia McCormick
Genre: YA Fiction, Standalone
Published: 2002
Personal Rating: 3.5/5
Yearly Count: 31

Fifteen-year-old Callie experiences some intense emotions that she doesn't know how to deal with, so she begins to cut herself as a temporary measure to make herself feel better. At an inpatient facility, Callie gradually works to discover the root of her problem.

This serious issue is presented at a level that is appropriate for YA. It is handled with respect and helps the reader to understand the thoughts of a cutter through the eyes of Callie. There are other issues that are briefly touched upon due to the nature of the help Callie receives, but all are done in a light fashion. Cut gives a good and solid introduction to what cutting is about. It was well done.


  1. This does sound like an interesting book. I'll have to give it a try so thanks for the review!

  2. This sounds like a great book for teen-agers. I think people often forget how hard it is to be a teen these days.

  3. I read and reviewed this recently and thought it was excellently written. I used to self harm as a teenager and thought this tackled the subject with realism and sensitivity.

  4. Samantha ~ It's a short book and one worth reading.

    Bermudaonion ~ I like McCormick's style. Her book Sold was better, but this was still good.

    Rhinoa ~ I agree, however, I don't think it was very deep. I do respect her approach, though. I'm sorry to hear about your teenage years. It can be such an emotional, mixed-up time in one's life and teens (actually all ages) sometimes do whatever they can to ease the pain.

  5. This sounds like a good read. Cutting is a serious thing for teens and adults alike. Glad you thought it was portrayed properly for a teen audience.

  6. Dar ~ I really like McCormick's style. She seems like a grounded person and perfect for YA.

  7. I wish I had known about a book like this when I was in high school. Being a teenager sucks--especially when you are going through situations that it seems are presented in this book. Nevermind that I just told my cousin how much fun it would be to go to prom again. :P

  8. Trish ~ The book is focused on encouraging Callie through counseling to discover her core reason for cutting. There's not much about high school per se.

  9. After I read Sold, I rushed out and read all of McCormick's other books including this one. It was the first that I had read of cutting and I was horrified. It makes me shudder.

  10. Maw Books ~ Sold was a favorite of mine last year. I will read more by McCormick. I think she writes very true to the topic.


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