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Fifteen-year old Callie is so withdrawn that she's not speaking to anyone including her therapist at the residential treatment facility where her parents and doctor send her after discovering that she cuts herself. Her story unfolds primarily through dramatic monologues, gradually revealing the family turmoil that led to her self-destructive behavior. Her little brother, Sam, is ill he nearly died in her care. Since Sam's illness, Callie's mother has become so worried and fragile that she rarely leaves the house....
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Overview

Fifteen-year old Callie is so withdrawn that she's not speaking to anyone including her therapist at the residential treatment facility where her parents and doctor send her after discovering that she cuts herself. Her story unfolds primarily through dramatic monologues, gradually revealing the family turmoil that led to her self-destructive behavior. Her little brother, Sam, is ill he nearly died in her care. Since Sam's illness, Callie's mother has become so worried and fragile that she rarely leaves the house. Her father has responded to the psychological and financial stress of Sam's illness by disappearing into his work, and when that doesn't work, into his drinking.

Callie's efforts to understand herself and her family illuminate her process of recovery honestly and with hope. Cut provides an insightful look at the psychology of cutting a form of self-abuse an estimated 2 million teenage girls inflict on themselves.

While confined to a mental hospital, thirteen-year-old Callie slowly comes to understand some of the reasons behind her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get better.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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 protagonist, Callie. Callie faces some difficult emotional hurdles as a "guest" at the residential treatment center where she has been sent because she cuts herself with sharp objects. In a flat, unaffected tone, befitting someone unhappy with her situation, Lewis's Callie explains the daily routines and schedules at Sea Pines, the facility dubbed "Sick Minds" by Callie's roommate. Though she doesn't speak to her fellow guests, or even her doctors at first, listeners are always privy to Callie's feelings and her impressions of her surroundings, be it what the anorexic guests don't eat or how the substance abuse guests cope. Details of her stressful, dysfunctional home life trickle out along the way; it's at these points that Lewis's vulnerable voice invites listeners to feel compassion for Callie. As Callie makes breakthroughs with her therapists and comes to better understand her behavior and its causes, Lewis meets the challenge of tearful scenes. Lewis never sounds phony, though, and conveys the hope in McCormick's ending, which suggests Callie's eventual recovery. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This first novel combines pathos with insight as it describes adolescent girls being hospitalized for a variety of psychiatric disorders: "The place is called a residential treatment facility. It is not called a loony bin," states Callie, the narrator, with characteristic grit. Callie does not speak aloud for most of the story, but directs her silent commentary chiefly to her therapist. Through this internalized dialogue, readers become aware of Callie's practice of cutting herself and, more gradually, how her cutting is a response to the dynamics of her damaged family. Similarly, the other girls' problems--anorexia, overeating, substance abuse--come to seem (both to themselves and to readers) like attempts to fight off parental or societal obliviousness to their needs: "It's like we're invisible," says a girl during a climactic scene. While running the risk of simplifying the healing process, this novel, like Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, sympathetically and authentically renders the difficulties of giving voice to a very real sense of harm and powerlessness. Refusing to sensationalize her subject matter, McCormick steers past the confines of the problem-novel genre with her persuasive view of the teenage experience. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Callie doesn't speak, not even to her therapist at Sea Pines—nicknamed Sick Minds by other patients at the "residential treatment facility." Instead, Callie hides behind her hair, studies carpets stains, counts stripes in the wallpaper, and pulls her sleeves down over her cuts. This disturbing account of a teenaged girl's slow and painful awakening to the reasons behind her self-mutilation makes for compelling and enlightening reading. Reminiscent in part of Cormier's I Am the Cheese, McCormick uses realistic and telling details of private therapy to give the reader clues, but no answers, to Callie's destructive tendencies. The reader, like Callie, must learn to see things from different perspectives, or "think laterally," as her nine-year-old brother Sam advises her when he's winning a game of Connect Four. Although the story doesn't quite sustain its tension to the end, it does begin with real punch and delivers knowledgeable insight into mental illness and its treatment throughout. The author's ability to depict genuinely caring and competent physicians, while still staying true to Callie's distrustful point of view, is especially noteworthy. This honest portrayal of all perspectives, coupled with a gripping story, makes this a valuable book for both teens and parents. 2000, Front Street, $16.95. Ages 12 up. Reviewer: Betty Hicks
KLIATT
To quote KLIATT's January 2001 review of the hardcover edition: Fifteen-year-old Callie is currently living at Sea Pines, known by its "guests" as Sick Minds; it's a residential treatment facility where she has been sent after it was discovered that she was cutting herself. The other troubled girls there dub Callie "S.T.," for Silent Treatment, because she refuses to talk to anyone at first. Gradually, however, Callie starts to interact with the other girls and finally begins to open up to her therapist. She tells about her feelings of guilt over a severe asthma attack suffered by her brother, and how his illness has affected the family, leaving her to cope with life on her own. She manages to tell her father how she feels, too, and the ending is a hopeful one. The realities of life in a psychiatric hospital are conveyed well in this strong first novel, as well as the stresses that led to Callie's disorder. There are detailed accounts of her cutting behavior, too, but they aren't here for shock value; rather, they contribute to the authentic feel of the novel. Callie and the other residents, anorexics and drug users as well as a fellow cutter, come across as believable and mostly sympathetic characters. The glimpse of life inside a treatment center will intrigue readers, and Callie's neediness, her courage, and her realistically difficult recovery will move them. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2000, Scholastic, Push, 152p.,
— Paula Rohrlick
VOYA
This extraordinary novel explores the psychological phenomenon of self-mutilation known as cutting. Written in first person, the book recounts the story of thirteen-year-old Callie, who has been placed in a residential treatment center. Although many patients have eating disorders, others, such as Callie, repeatedly cut their skin with sharp objects, creating physical scars, scabs, and sores that mirror the mental ones. The story unfolds through Callie's therapy sessions, her interactions with other residents, and her mental monologues. Mute by choice, Callie's silence is her sanity. Her younger brother Sam's severe asthma has altered the family dynamics and taken over their lives. Callie's coping mechanism is cutting. Although the road to recovery for any such patient is long and extensive, this book gives the reader just a glimpse into the psyche of one teenager who cuts. Realistic, sensitive, and heartfelt, this book explores the power of the human spirit as it struggles through mental illness. The well-developed characters, including the motherly, rock-solid secondary character of Ruby, one of the attendants, also reflect the author's strength as a writer. This brilliant novel is even more perceptive than Shelley Stoehr's Crosses (Delacorte, 1991/VOYA October 1991) and James Bennett's I Can Hear the Mourning Dove (Houghton Mifflin, 1990/VOYA October 1990). VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2000, Front Street, 168p. Ages 12 to 15. Reviewer: Mary Ann Capan VOYA, February 2001 (Vol. 23, No.6)
School Library Journal
Gr 7-12-This compelling novel by Patricia McCormick (Front St., 2000) is presented as a first-person account by Callie, who is confined to a mental health facility. Sea Pine (Sick Minds) is home to teenage "guests" with a variety of problems: substance abuse, anorexia, and behavior issues. Fifteen-year-old Callie cuts herself. While this account describes group therapy and Callie's fears, she sits silently during group and individual therapy sessions. The turning point occurs when she is gradually drawn into the lives of the other teen residents. Listeners anxiously wait to discover why Callie harms herself. Actress Clea Lewis does an excellent job of portraying the different characters with her voice inflections. Listeners are drawn into the girls' despair and become painfully aware of the emotional angst resulting in each girl's confinement at Sea Pines. A good choice for fans of Susanna Kaysen's Girl Interrupted -Lynda Short, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Lexington, KY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Elizabeth Crow
I'd never understood cutting before I read ''Cut,'' a vivid and inspiring first novel by Patricia McCormick. I couldn't imagine what the allure was, until I realized that it's not that far from many more common self-inflicted injuries that are just passing phases in many kids' lives: head banging, finger biting, slamming a fist into a wall...The story of how Callie and some of the others begin to get well demystifies mental illness, but doesn't oversimplify or sentimentalize it. To McCormick's credit, we care -- about the girls and about their clumsy, frightened parents.
New York Times Book Review
Kirkus Reviews
Sea Pines, a.k.a. Sick Minds, treats teenaged girls with food- and substance-abuse issues, and Callie, whose issue is self-mutilation. She will not talk about her dysfunctional family, her guilt toward her brother Sam's severe asthma, or why she cuts herself. She will not talk—period. Cut is Callie's interior monologue that alternates between her interactions with her therapist and her interactions with the other residents, the staff, and her family. Her thought process reveals a girl who seems to have given up on life until one cut scares the life back into her. The ability to talk then becomes a metaphor for Callie's ability to understand herself and to begin the healing process. Readers are also treated to the downfalls and triumphs of Callie's peers, including a new resident who shares Callie's affliction. First-timer McCormick tackles a side of mental illness that is rarely seen in young-adult literature in a believable and sensitive manner. Unlike other authors of this genre, she avoids stereotypes and blends gentle humor with this serious topic. McCormick ultimately portrays Callie as a normal teenager who yearns for a stable family structure and friends, and who also has a psychological problem. A thoughtful look at teenage mental illness and recovery. (Fiction. 13-15)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613493949
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 151
  • Sales rank: 995,889
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Patricia McCormick has worked as a free-lance magazine and newspaper writer, contributing regularly to The New York Times and Parents magazine, where she reviewed children's books and family movies. Since completing a master's degree in creative writing at the New School two years ago, she's concentrated almost exclusively on writing fiction and teaching creative writing to third-graders in Queens. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Cut is her first novel.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    FOR CUTTERS

    Patricia McCormick has taken three years to write this short book, and I took five nights reading this book and I must say that this book was an excellent title. Sadly, many teenagers are living with depression and cutting themself, but thankfully there are many solutions to heal the pain. This book could be one of those solutions. With every page is a girl someone could relate to, but you could learn from her.<BR/>Callie cuts herself, and now she's at Sea Pines or what she calls "Sick Minds" refusing to talk. Instead, she listens to people in her surroundings who are just like her. They are hurt, and they don't want to be trapped. They know why they are here, but they'll have to learn how to fix that.<BR/>I recommend this, WELL WRITTEN, book for teenagers, cutters, children, mothers, and teachers. Learn from Callie and enjoy this book like I did. Take heed, people, there is help.

    34 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2008

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    A Disappointment....

    Entertaining read, but a little generic. Ms. McCormick doesn't really get into the details/emotions/rationales/etc for being a cutter. It's an interesting story about a girl in a group home/hospital coming to terms with her problems but not really an in depth view into her mindset.

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2009

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    Very interesting

    Patricia McCormick wrote a very interesting novel on a girl who cuts herself. Callie, a young adult, blames herself for her families problems. Her brother Sam had really bad asthma, which makes her mother worried and always busy. Her dad has to work more so he can get more money to pay for everything. Callie lives at Sea Pines, or as the girls there call it "Sick Minds" rehabilatation center. At first Callie doesn't talk and doesn't care about cutting herself, but over time Callie starts talking to other people and another girl who cuts herself comes and tries to keep her down, but with the help of the other girls their and her pyschologist, Callie finally realizes that the problems at home are not her fault and finally wants to get better. Callie becomes closer to her dad and the rest of her family. Patricia's book was an easy which I would recommend because it shows the true meaning of family and how you shouldn't be so hard on yourself about problems.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2004

    Major Disappointment

    it just kept going on and on. I kept waiting for it to get interesting but it just never got off the ground. As a former long-time cutter, i was seriously disappointed.p

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    @teen

    I cut for a while. Im 14 now you shouldnt be going through this at such a young age. Im in therapy now. There is a better way for you. You have to think of bettef ways to cope. Me ? I listen to music or write to stop myself. If you just tell yourself that you are better than that & believe it, you can do it.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2009

    This book can cause harm.

    My 13 year old daughter read this book before I knew she had it. She got the idea that she could ease her pain from everyday teeenagerhood by cutting herself. Thank you so much Patricia for the theapy bills.

    3 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2008

    re-read.

    this book was great when i was in the seventh grade. i re-read it this year as a ninth grader and i'm not impressed. so when considering this book take into consideration your age, interests, and own personal experiences.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2004

    BEWARE- Children are impressionable!

    It is a great story into the mental issuses and struugles this young girl goes through but A young impressionable girl like my own (5th grader) got this book in her school library (her friends were all talking about it). So my daughter decided it would be cool to try!!! SHE CUT HERSELF! I am not just blamming the book. I am taking this very seriously. However, I do not think this is appropriate reading material for children under 15!!!

    3 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

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    An OK read, but does not accurately portray the true mind of a c

    An OK read, but does not accurately portray the true mind of a cutter. If you're looking for a book that offers a more realistic and in depth look into the world of mental health facilities, depression, and self-mutilation, then I would recommend &quot;A Bright Red Scream&quot; (very graphic, not for kids).

    However, if you would like a story that's more on the fictitious side- this is your book.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2009

    Cut

    Callie seems like a normal fifteen year old, but she is hiding a dark secret: her addiction to self-injury. A substitute nurse sees the scars from where Callie cut herself and Callie is sent to a residential treatment facility called Sea Pines. At Sea Pines, or "Sick Minds" as the "guests" have nicknamed it, there are girls with food disorders and drug addictions, but no one, until Amanda comes, self-injures like Callie. Callie has selective mutism and refuses to talk at all. Callie can only stay silent for so long.
    I have read this book multiple times. The first time I read it, I looked at Callie from her therapist's point of view. The next few times I read the book looking from Callie's point of view. She is very easy to relate to. The writing didn't seem as though it was coming from a fifteen year old though.In conclusion, Cut is about a teenage girl overcoming the addictive trials that is self-injury. I highly recommend this book.Cut is a great book, but the writing could have been more accurate to a fifteen year old's thoughts.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2008

    Well, its Cut, now isn't it?

    This novel let's people who not only have experienced this sort of thing, but gives insight and help to people who know someone who's doing this to themselves. Cut is a definite read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2008

    ~Cut~

    I loved this book, i used to cut, and well. i noe somewhat f what Callie is going through.I couldn't have asked for a better reading book.The ending was amazing, and im so proud of Callie for doing what she does. if you haven't read this book,u need to move it up to ur #1 spot.! i loved this book.!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2008

    A reviewer

    Cut is an awsome book that identifies the true feelings that may go through a girls mind that cuts herself. Callie is a troubled teenaged girl that keeps to herself when she has to go to Sea Pines. When she cuts herself she explains how it releases all anger, pain, and other emotions bodled inside of her. It releases them in a way she almost can't explain. It is a wonderful book and I recomend it to anyone that wants to read a book with a great deal of understanding what a teenaged girl really goes through.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Excellent!

    Excellent read for teens and grown ups alike. A very insightful look into this subject matter. Highly recommend!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Cut

    I love this book so much!!! Sitting down to read it haha

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Good

    I cut myself for 4 yrs stright an started in the seventh grade an i didnt stop till the tenth. Witch btw im still in tenth an i wanted t stop but i was a numb person to the felling of idc if i bleex to death as long as i saw red

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    I used to..

    I used to cut. I dont anymore its not like i dont want to but because my parents check me to make sure i dont or havent. My actions got me thown out of school for 180 days. I want to read this book as help to me out of myself and into the harsh reality that put me wher i am now. In house arrest. Does anybody ae any advice for me?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2009

    Absolutely Terrible book

    I've read and re-read this book and its completely ridiculous. And Boring. Its unrealistic and just plain annoying. Do not waste your money on this please! I know a lot about the subject matter of cutting and this is glamourizing it, acting as if its incredibly easy to use as a tool to deal with your problems. It's not in any form fun or drug-like. Just don't buy it. You will regret it if you have any brains.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Cut

    McCormick, P. (2000). Cut. New York: Push.

    043924599

    While ya gotta respect McCormick for repeatedly exploring some of the toughest issues for young adult girls out there, I feel like Cut doesn't focus on cutting enough to warrant it making the title. Sure the narrator is put in a facility because she is a cutter, but her group mates who are there for an assortment of reasons interested me just as much, when I could keep straight who each one was. (Students may need to chart each character and track their characteristics. For reals, it's so easy to get these girls confused!)

    McCormick does a wonderful job of constructing Callie's character, although I did expect her to have experienced more trauma than what was described in the book.

    In this short book, there is a small commentary about the perception of cutter's by most people and the medical community. McCormick confronts that general assumptions and misunderstandings by presenting multiple people and a second girl who cuts herself for different reasons.

    Despite my extensive consideration of cutting here, the majority of the book is more focused on the aspects of life that are haunting Callie and her journey to deciding to get better.

    My favorite part is that the entire book is written in second-person direct addresses to the reader, as though he or she is the psychiatrist working with Callie.



    Activities to do with the book:

    This book is good for starting discussions on issues of cutting, bulimia, anorexia, insanity, drug addiction, familial pressures, ways of dealing with problems, dealing with stress over a sick relative, expressions of emotions, etc.

    Also, the ending is fairly ambiguous, so students could write letters to the characters asking how they are doing or they could write their own continuations.

    Students could also write a letter as Callie's psychiatrist as a response to the book. Or they could construct the character of "you" based on the few clues present in the text.



    Favorite Quotes:

    "You say it's up to me to do the talking" (p. 1).

    "The people at Sick Minds were still trying to figure out what to do with me" (p. 11).

    "There's a lot of crying here at night. Since there are no doors on any of the rooms, the crying-or moaning, or sobbing-floats out into the hallway. Sometimes I lie in bed imagining a river of sobs flowing by, leaving little puddles of misery on each threshold" (p. 27).

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    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2009

    Marissa- Review for Cut

    Callie is fifteen. Her life is becoming a whirl wind of stress and the only escape, the only relief is to cut. When Callie is taken away to a treatment facility she joins other girls with all types of problems. Her therapist tries to help Callie. There's just one problem; Callie doesn't talk. But when new problems arise in the facility; with others and herself then Callie speaks. She can't be silent forever.
    This author doesn't use many literary devices but here are some that stood out:

    Personification- The room is dead quiet .

    Simile- You lean forward, place a box of tissues in front of me, and your black leather chair groans like a living thing.

    Simile- "This new girl, Amanda, she wears shorts and flip-flops like it's the middle of summer."

    My favorite part of the book is when Callie finally speaks for the first time. It's as if there's a small glimmer of hope arising in her that maybe she can get help. At first she doesn't even know this is what's happening but later on she realizes that she really is worth the saving; that with the others to help her she really can stop cutting and live her life the way she wants to. What Callie does doesn't make her a bad person, and when she finally understands that, that's when her true story begins.
    The worst part of the book is when she runs away from the facility. For the first time you truly believe that she wants the help; that she's getting better. But then, just like that, she's dashing down the hallways, through the laundry room, and out the door to the outside. She just keeps running until she reaches the road side and calls her father. I almost got disappointed; not in the book but in Callie. I felt like she was giving up; like she had made the wrong choice to getting better. Her dad meets her at a Dunkin' Donuts, and for a while they just talk. I truly believed that she would just leave Sea Pines (the facility) and go home. She couldn't have possibly gotten the help if she didn't go back. But it took her to leave to realize what she really wanted; help.

    I would most definitely recommend this book. This book isn't just about a facility full of stubborn girls with problems. It's about the people finding themselves and realizing that not only do they need help, but they have people there who want to help. They are not worthless like they always thought. You will feel the things the characters feel; sadness, hate, confusion, unloved, worthless, a waste of time. But most importantly, you come to understand that they are people, too. This is one of the rare books that make one want to change. To be more selfless and to help others help themselves. This book is a journey for not only Callie, but the reader.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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