Cut by Patricia McCormick

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When she arrives at Sea Pines, Callie is self-destructive, unresponsive, and withdrawn. Her parents and doctor have placed her in the "residential treatment facility" after discovering that she cuts herself. Callie refuses to talk to anyone, including her psychiatrist. But slowly, through compelling first-person narrative, the event that traumatized her comes to light. Callie reveals that her brother Ben nearly died from liver failure while in her care. Her mother was unavailable and her father was at a bar. Although their absence is evidence of a deep family dysfunction, Callie blames herself for the crisis. When the threat of expulsion from Sea Pines precipitates a cutting incident that frightens her, Callie finally begins her healing process. She opens up to the girls around her and surrenders to her therapist the compass she's been using to cut herself. Through Callie's frank and realistic voice, first-time novelist Patty McCormick illuminates a subject that is rarely discussed. Her story of Callie's recovery will speak to the more than 1 million people - mainly girls and young women - who engage in acts of self-inflicted violence every year.
 

About Patricia McCormick

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Patricia McCormick is a former journalist who has won much acclaim for her compassionate approach to hard-hitting subjects. Her most recent book, "Purple Heart", was a "Publishers Weekly" Best Book of 2009, and her book "Sold" was a National Book Award finalist. Other seminal books she has written are "Cut" and "My Brother's Keeper". Patty lives in New York with her family.
 
Published September 9, 2009 by namelos. 163 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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The narrator, 13-year-old Toby Malone, has see-saw feelings about his once dazzling older brother, Jake, who's now taking drugs.

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In this adaptation of McCormick's debut novel, Lewis (TV's Ellen) imbues her reading with the cynicism and pain of the book's troubled 15-year-old pro

Oct 15 2001 | Read Full Review of Cut

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