09 June 2011

Title: Cut
Author: Patricia McCormick
Publisher: Push, 160 Pages (February 1st 2002)
From: the Publisher, Thank You!

Synopsis: Fifteen-year old Callie is so withdrawn that she's not speaking to anyone including her therapist at the residential treatment facility where her parents and doctor send her after discovering that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.

The 10th Anniversary edition of Cut includes a brand-new afterword from author Patricia McCormick, an author Q&A, and added resources.

Review: 3 Stars - Cut by author Patricia McCormick is an extremely realistic portrayal of a 15 year old girl dealing with issues through cutting. This year celebrates the 10 year anniversary of Cut, bringing it back in the spotlight, at a time when a broader audience of YA readers will have a chance to connect with a troubled girl and her struggle to understand why she does what she does.

Cut tells the story of Callie, a 15 year old girl with issues and how she deals with them. Growing up, we all have them. Issues are a part of life. We deal with them differently and it just happens that Callie cuts herself to feel normal again. We readers are merely a witness to her struggles while she struggles to come to terms with why she does what she does. It might take a while for the story to unfold and for the reader to learn more about Callie, but the conclusion was well worth it in the end.

All in all Cut is a story about struggles and being a teenager. It’s about family and feeling like you’re not alone. Most importantly it’s about healing and finding out there are different ways to deal with things, such as talking and working through things.

Happy 10 Year Anniversary to author Patricia McCormick and Cut.

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About the Author:

Patricia McCormick spent three years researching and writing her first novel, Cut. She is also the author of the National Book Award finalist Sold, as well as Purple Heart and My Brother’s Keeper. She lives in Manhattan. Learn more at http://www.pattymccormick.com/.

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TWO winners will each receive a copy of CUT!

Rules and how to enter:

You MUST be at least 13 years old to enter
Please fill out to the easy form below for your entry to count
This giveaway is open to US residents only. Sorry!
Giveaway ends: June 29th, 2011

Good Luck to everyone who enters!!!

Many thanks to Push for the two copies of Cut to giveaway to two lucky winners!

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  1. I can't believe it has been 10 years already. I had no idea. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  2. I'm sorry. The giveaway it's not international! Give my enter away please ...

  3. WOOO!!! Thanks for the super generous giveaway! I really REALLY badly want to read this!




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