Cut: The true story of an abandoned, abused little girl who was desperate to be part of a family

Cut: The true story of an abandoned, abused little girl who was desperate to be part of a family

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by Cathy Glass

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Sunday Times and New York TImes bestselling author of Damaged tells the story of the Dawn, a sweet and seemingly well-balanced girl whose outward appearance masks a traumatic childhood of suffering at the hands of the very people who should have cared for her.Dawn was the first girl Cathy Glass ever fostered. Sweet and seemingly well balanced girl, Dawn’s


Sunday Times and New York TImes bestselling author of Damaged tells the story of the Dawn, a sweet and seemingly well-balanced girl whose outward appearance masks a traumatic childhood of suffering at the hands of the very people who should have cared for her.Dawn was the first girl Cathy Glass ever fostered. Sweet and seemingly well balanced girl, Dawn’s outward appearance masked a traumatic childhood so awful, that even she could not remember it.During the first night, Cathy awoke to see Dawn looming above Cathy’s baby’s cot, her eyes staring and blank. She sleepwalks – which Cathy learns is often a manifestation in disturbed children. It becomes a regular and frightening occurrence, and Cathy is horrified to find Dawn lighting a match whilst mumbling it’s not my fault in her sleep one night.Cathy discovers Dawn is playing truant from school, and struggling to make friends. More worryingly she finds her room empty one night, and her pillow covered in blood. Dawn has been self-harming in order to release the pain of her past.When Dawn attempts suicide, Cathy realises that she needs more help than she can give. Dawn’s mother eventually confides in her that Dawn was sent away to live with relatives in Ireland between the ages of 5 and 9, and Cathy soon realises that the horrors Dawn was exposed to during this time have left her a very disturbed little girl.

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Cathy has been a foster carer for over 25 years, during which time she has looked after more than 100 children, of all ages and backgrounds. She has three teenage children of her own; one of whom was adopted after a long-term foster placement. The name Cathy Glass is a pseudonym.

Cathy has written 16 books, including bestselling memoirs Cut, Hidden and Mummy Told Me Not To Tell.

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Bookworm0002 More than 1 year ago
Many feel that Cathy Glass shouldn't profit off these foster children. As a former foster child I have no problem with it. These are TRUE stories of what happens to children out there. If there are those that are to short sighted to relieze this, they need to wake up. Cathy Glass is trying to show the world the dark side of the truth. The only way to make a change, and protect children, is to show what can and does happen. Hurrah for her to write about something that makes people uncomfortable in an effort to educate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think even though some people may believe that some of these stories are exaggerated or made up or that Cathy Glass is exploiting the tales of these abused kids is sad. The point is people is that shes shinning a light on a dark subject so to each their own with opinions. The book like the others is heartbreaking but you cant help feel a sense of hope for these children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It hurts to see so many negative comments regarding Cathy Glass' motives. Your rating should be on the quality of the book, not what you think the author's intentions were. She writes these books to share the stories of the children, and to encourage people to foster a child to better its life. What people dont realize is that Cathy Glass is a pen name, and all the names in the book have been changed to protect privacy. Just because alot of the book sounds like something that no one would want to deal with, that doesnt mean it didnt happen. Believe it or not, there people in this world who lovea child to the point that they would stick by them through every hardship. I recommend this book very much, and can't wait to read her other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Parents have a high calling and this book demonstrates the need all the more as it draws our attention to NSSI/SIB more commonly known as "cutting". You most likely know a cutter! All of Cathy's books should be read by anyone considering becoming a foster parent, because they allow readers to see the dedication that is required, how they may have to fight "the system," and finally, how those who can handle the stress can help a child turn their lives around. In "Cut," Cathy tells the story of one 13 year old who had a past that created such severe problems in her that the child could be considered unsafe in a "normal" home. The way Cathy and her husband stuck it out and worked with this child is amazing. Cathy does an amazing job of telling the story in such a way that the reader can feel the severe pressure of all involved - the family, the child, the social workers, etc. I felt for Cathy, sympathizing with her desire to provide Dawn the loving, stable environment the girl desperately needed, but unable to overcome a broken system and even more broken girl. I was frustrated for her, John, and Barbara. I felt each of them wanted what was best for Dawn, even Barbara, in her own flawed way. But the system, meant to help threatened and disadvantaged children, seemed to do more harm than good. My heart broke for Dawn, and the more Cathy revealed about her past, the more I hoped she would somehow be able to turn it all around and claim the happy life she deserved.     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the first twenty pages can, quite frankly, be off-putting,- due to the author's lack of supreme writing ability, I must say the honesty of the portrayal of "Dawn" in this book quite makes up for everything. I found myself coalescing through the oncoming pages with exponential rapidity, towards the end. This book is short, and not sweet. But, it is a work of non-fiction, and makes one think. It screams of life, and the many paths it can take...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read several of her books and can't put them down.  She is an amazing foster  Parent.  Some of these kids are mentally ill and scary I could not do it.  The stories are Horrific.  I do find Cathy to be a bit smug though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is an amazing book that will make you cry i would recomend it to everyone it toutches the heart
rosco1658 More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. Really makes you wonder how someone could abuse a child so bad that they would have to cut themselves. Glad to see that it did have a good ending.
Amanda_P More than 1 year ago
A truly heartbreaking book filled with stories of abuse and of survival.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really....this disgust you. This is the world we live in stuff like this actually happens so why not write about the truth? As a foster child abused and molested by my own dad i can understand. That happened for over six years and im only thirteen now. Social services had been in my familys life for as long as i can remember and they just kept screwing things up not once did anything become clear or better for me. My mom, dad, and three brother plus me still lived in our car and motels. When i finally told someone their way of "making everything better" was taking me from my mom and brothers i havnt seen or talked to my mom in over six months and i havnt talked to my brothers in about a month. so i think its grest someone is writing about something whether it may disgust you or not......maybe it could actually change something. Maybe their really is hope.
madmaxine1 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I have read by Cathy Glass.  It was very well written, thoughtful and insightful.  I learned a great deal about the foster care system.  I highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a veteran elementary teacher and I have taught children like this little girl. May be a little disturbing for some, but very real. Worth the read!
PVF More than 1 year ago
I think this was an intriguing and ultimately hopeful story about a little girl that had been abused and how the caregiver, "Cathy Glass," was able to love her back to normality and perhaps even some happiness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found some of it difficult to read, there were many spelling and or grammatical errors in the book and I had to read over several times to understand. The story was sad but I believe the author has a good heart, and good intentions to help the children that come to her. I do not believe writing about the experiences of the fostering of these children while protecting their identity is a bad thing. Shedding light on the ills of society is not a bad thing. Not talking about abuse does not make it go away, as history has proven. The way children internalize, self loathe and carry guilt because they believe it is their fault happens and they usually self-medicate. The editor failed the author, and the story has some drawn out parts that really are inconsequential to the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just discovered Kathy Glass this week, this is the third book of hers I have read. I plan to read many more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book and all of her books that ive read so far have been great im planning on buying more of her books too :)
tablondie More than 1 year ago
Great book eye opening & as far as profiting I see it she profits nothing simply by being a foster parent & caring for these discarded children i think its great what she does & any money she is gaining from this book is clearly being used to help  more kids .Wow how people judge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. Never wanted it to enf
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It makes you feel as if they are your best friends and you always want to keep in touch to see how they are doing. Love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book, very sad story. I wonder how could suck sad thing happen in our life.
pam86 More than 1 year ago
Another amazing book! Dawn came from a very dark place and didn't even know the severity of that past. Cathy & John succeded in showing Dawn that love & support would always b there while she lived with them, and after. It's amazing how some children can push through the most horrific of cicumstances and become respected well rounded memers of society. WAY TO GO DAWN! Can't seem to put Cathy's books down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second Cathy Glass book I read. It was excellent. Thank you Ms. Glass for sharing your world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cathys writing is superb
Anonymous 9 months ago
I know what its like. My biological mom and her boyfreinds(she played a lot of people) did some bad stuff to me my father knew. But he didnt care he couldnt handle being with my mom so he left. He left without telling me and he left me in the care of my mom. Finaly when i was 14 i was found. I was taken into foster care i am still in foster care as i am only 14 1/2 but i hav been switched between foster homes and adopted 2 but ppl cant handle me because of my medical issues. I really appreciate my carer n all the other carrers. Cathy i love you you are amazing and im glad these kids have you you carers hav no idea how much we apreciate you we might not tell you but we abosolulty love you guys your amszing. I have recently taken a liking to cathys books. They halp m get through my fostering and everything. Everyone should read rhese books. They inspire me and i hope they inspire everyone else. Cathy im letting you know. We really do appreciate you and love you it feels good to know everyons not like my real parents. That there are people with hearts and stuff so THANK YOU CATHY!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was abandoned. Thats my story No. I as abandoned by everyone. My biological mom. Biological dad. Adopted three times. Abandoned by God. The only person who is supposed to be here for me all tlhs time? Yeah fuxxckin right.