by Patricia McCormick


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From National Book Award finalist Patricia McCormick, a new look for her debut novel, which THE BOSTON GLOBE called "Riveting and hopeful, sweet, heartbreaking."

A tingle arced across my scalp. The floor tipped up at me and my body spiraled away. Then I was on the ceiling looking down, waiting to see what would happen next.

Callie cuts herself. Never too deep, never enough to die. But enough to feel the pain. Enough to feel the scream inside.
Now she's at Sea Pines, a "residential treatment facility" filled with girls struggling with problems of their own. Callie doesn't want to have anything to do with them. She doesn't want to have anything to do with anyone. She won't even speak.
But Callie can only stay silent for so long....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545290791
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2011
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 60,825
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Patricia McCormick, a finalist for the National Book Award, is the acclaimed author of CUT, MY BROTHER'S KEEPER, SOLD, and PURPLE HEART. Her debut novel, CUT, was an ALA Quick Pick for YA Readers, an ALA Best Book for Teenagers, and a NYPL Book for the Teen Age. McCormick was named a New York Foundation on the Arts fellow in 2004. She is also the winner of the 2009 German Peace Prize for Youth Literature. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and lives Manhattan.

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Cut 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 667 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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.
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.
TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
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.
1Katherine1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read for teens and grown ups alike. A very insightful look into this subject matter. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much!!! Sitting down to read it haha
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 "A Bright Red Scream" (very graphic, not for kids). However, if you would like a story that's more on the fictitious side- this is your book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
RavenclawStudent More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Overall, this book was okay. I am sixteen years old. I think that it has a good message. And I am proud of the main character, Callie. However, I think I would like the book better if I was younger. It just all depends on how old your are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cut goes through the point of view story of Callie in her stay at Sea Pines but to her its 'sick minds.' She's sent there after being discovered that she cuts herself. While there she doesn't say a word but starts to slowly come out of her shell, gets to know the other girls and confronts her troubles including her father. What I liked was the writing style and how Callie begun talking again and the ending was great and give you a hint that she really wants to stop cutting. Read this at least once and decide whether you think its a good book or not but yes it is a sad thing when it comes to certain hard to talk about issues.
bplteen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review by: Annie Tough topics: cutting, cursing, run away In my book, Cut, the main character's name is Callie. Callie has no friends, and she cuts herself. Her parents find out, and make her go to an institute. The institute is called Sea Pines. Sea Pines is like one big house without doors on the rooms, and everyone who is new has to be escorted until they are a 2. A 2 is when they are in the next level to recovery, and they don¿t have to be escorted. At Sea Pines the people who go there do drugs, don¿t eat, and cut themselves, etc. All the people who go there call it Sick Minds. When Callie first goes there she doesn¿t talk. Callie finally comes out of her shell and starts talking after about half a year. Callie makes friends after she starts talking. After Callie becomes a 2 and she doesn¿t have to be escorted anymore, she runs away. Callie runs until she reaches a pay phone. She calls her dad so he can come and get her. Her dad knows exactly where she is, and he tells her to go to the donut shop across the street. Callie¿s dad shows up and asks her if she wants to go back to the institute. She thinks about it then says ¿yes.¿ She realizes that she wants to get better, and that her problems are her own fault and nobody else¿s.My least favorite part is when Callie cuts herself. My favorite part is when she realizes that she does want to get better.I would recommend this book to teenagers. I think that the teenage stage in your life is the hardest, so that¿s why I wouldn¿t recommend this book to adults. I know they¿ve already been through their teenage years, but times have changed. Things aren¿t the way they used to be. I also wouldn¿t recommend this book to young children. Children wouldn¿t understand why Callie cuts herself, or why she runs away. This book tells how you could feel when you¿re in your teens. It tells how some people are peer pressured into things they don¿t want to do, or what they think they have to do to make life right.On a scale of 1-5 this book deserves a 4.5. This book deserves a 4.5 because it grabbed my attention right from the start. It kept me interested in what was going on. This book made me realize that you need to learn that the mistakes you make are your own fault and nobody else¿s. I also learned that life doesn¿t always go the way you plan it.
craigwsmithtoo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Callie's parents learn that she cuts herself, they send her to Sea Pines, where she can get help. It's difficult to understand why a fifteen-year-old girl would hurt herself this way. Even the other "guests" at Sea Pines have trouble relating to Callie's struggle. This is a great story about a real problem. It doesn't sugar-coat things, and it presents no easy answers. It is a story of how a young girl begins to recognize her problems and begins to heal.
TFS93 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A short quick read that packs a punch! The author did a very good job of getting inside her character's heads.
raindog517 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very excellent read for young adults. Haunting, and addresses a topic which is rarely addressed. Parents should consider reading this as well as it also references the idea that parents often get wrapped up in their own problems and ignore those of their children.
8F_SAM on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was really weird. Actually it was quite boring. It's about this girl, Callie, who cuts herself, and now she's in this sort of mental therapy thing. But she doesn't talk...why? No one knows. She doesn't talk to anyone, her teachers, her family, her one. In this book you find out more and more about her personal life, and finally discover why she was cutting herself. It's a really weird story, and at most parts really boring, cause it just keeps going on and on about random stuff.
Tokishone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Definitely a great book. As a freshman in high school who struggled with Self-Injury I absolutely loved how well this book spoke to me. I would recommend it for anyone who has gone through a similar situation.
Caitlove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very deep, but well written.
lifeafterjane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what to expect going into this book. I had a brief encounter with the phenomenon of cutting in Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls and I was surprised at the lack of compassion I felt then. I thought it was perfectly vile, selfish and fell under the blanket concept of "things that are done to get attention." I think the difference in perspective in the two books made all the difference for me. I did not like Lia in Wintergirls, and I just adored little Callie. Silly though it may seem, I was willing to try to understand Callie, because I felt she deserved it. Callie, however twisted it may seem, had a very sound reason for her self-inflected violence. It made perfect sense in her mind, even if it didn't to others. I cared so deeply for Callie that I was willing to set aside my prejudice and listen to her. Which is the very point of the story. I can admit now that McCormick's smack down smarted and made me feel a little ashamed. Kudos. I deserved it.Callie's place within her family has taken on an almost wraith-like form. A little brother with chronic asthma, a very, very, very (add a few more verys) weak mother and a cowardly father make up what Callie knows as family. Her parents are so engrossed in their own self pity that they fail to notice that their daughter is fading, blending into the background so that maybe no one will notice that she carries a secret- she feels it is all her fault. Everything. And since she goes unnoticed, no one bothers to ask, so Callie never tells.We all continually beat ourselves up over a certain amount of self made guilt that we harbor, believing that something is our fault, regardless of the truth. It would shock us to discover that were we to voice our account of our supposed wrongs, we would be the only one pointing the finger at ourselves. So much of what we perceive is imagined. I guess the balance lies in knowing when we've shouldered enough, and simply need to tell someone to relieve the pressure. For Callie, there was no one to listen, and the pressure grew until it was either explode or find an outlet that could release some steam. For her it was a simple cut, nothing major, just enough, to release the tension. My heart ached for her, not for what she was doing, but because she did what she did and no one so much as batted an eye.This was such a tough story for me because, well, I'm a tough chick with the possibly equally self destructive ability of being able to tell the world to go to hell. I could never hurt me and I have a hard time understanding others who would willingly hurt themselves. I've felt helpless only a handful of times in my life. But I've always known what Callie did not, and that's if you scream loud enough, people are forced to listen. Callie didn't know that it was OK to scream because no one ever taught her to use her voice to defend herself and her own sanity. I blame her selfish, pathetic little snit of a mother who lacked the strength to care for both of her children at once and sacrificed the emotional health of one for the physical well being of another. To me that's almost a form of abuse.I was grateful for the fairytale tie in that became the ending. Something good that came from outside Callie needed to happen. As great as it was that she made the breakthrough that she did, I would have felt a bit cheated if the story had ended with her still feeling detached from her family.
NiSm0430 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A heart-wrenching story of a girl that cuts. Unfortunalty, i know too many people who do this, so reading about it helped me understand what they might be going through so maybe I can help. I loved this book, it's one of my favorites!