Review : Cut
Cut by Patricia McCormick
Pages : 151
Genre : YA, fiction
My Rating :
What it’s about, from the author’s website :
Fifteen-year-old Callie isn’t speaking to anyone, not even her therapist at Sea Pines, the residential treatment facility: where her parents sent her after discovering she cuts herself. As her story unfolds, Callie reluctantly becomes involved with the other guests at Sea Pines, other young woman struggling with problems of their own. Although their issues are different from hers, Callie is drawn into the group, finds her voice, and gradually, confronts the family trauma that triggered her destructive behavior.
My Thoughts :
I was really glad to be invited to join the tour to celebrate the 10 years anniversary of Cut‘s release. In the past years since I started blogging, I had seen Cut around many times, and had been really curious about it. Cutting is an issue that, it seems to me, we are only beginning to talk about – compared to depression, suicide, anorexia, etc, which are all issues that, despite that fact, we still don’t talk about enough. But even more than those, self-harming is something I personally have a hard time to understand, so I welcome any literature that could inform me on the subject.
Cut did that, in a way, as Callie’s story was one I could relate to, even though I have never had to deal with such a destructive issue. Cut is a really short book in terms of pages, but it wasn’t short in terms of content, and Callie’s progression through the pages felt extremely realistic.
At first Callie is very cold and distant, to the reader but also to her therapist. But as she opens up through the pages, it becomes easier to understand her and like her more. I felt for her, enough that I got teary eyed a couple of times, and I was rooting for her. I loved how the author let hope transpired through the words in a very subtle way : Callie’s story isn’t finished when we leave her, but she’s definitely on the right path.
I also loved that Cut felt so actual. It’s true, 10 years isn’t a long time generally speaking; but in a market saturated with YA novels that use words and brands that are “in” now and will be “out” two years from now, it’s nice to read a novel that easily stood the test of time, and will probably stay actual for many more years. McCormick deserves a lot of credit for writing a novel that was very to the point, while also presenting characters and issues with nuances.
I really enjoyed this one, and I think it would be a great read for both YA readers and people interested in such issues. I can also imagine many discussions around this book, which is always a great point for me.
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