May 15, 2008

By Patricia McCormick
Reviewed by Mayae Lachman
4 out of 5 Stars

For all humans, life is never perfect. Sometimes you may have a disorder, or a problem that just won’t go away, keeping you from reality. In the novel, Cut, by Patricia McCormick, Callie has a problem of her own. She likes to cut herself, keeping the scars on her wrists as memories. Once Callie has a little bit too much excitement though, her life starts to change in ways that she couldn’t do by herself.

Callie’s life at home is not as normal as most. A brother with severe asthma and loves hockey, a mother who worries way too much and needs a lot of rest time, and a father who works non-stop. Callie is sent to Sea Pines, a “residential treatment facility,” where many other girls go to get help with their problems and disorders, and to just be back to normal. For Callie, her job is to stop cutting herself, with the help of a woman for therapy. In this facility, Callie can let out all her thoughts, emotions, problems, home-life distractions, and everything that makes her have the urge to cut. After many days in therapy, Callie starts to talk more and more, and learns that not only does cutting make it hard to fit in, but it doesn’t do any good for health, and problems like this can lead to serious danger.

I thought this book was a great book, and I recommend it to anyone who likes to read about people with problems, or just wants a good book that will teach you that you should always take the time to make the right decisions. Callie learned from her mistakes, and turned just about her whole life around, making a new start, and knowing that the facility was only for the best.

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