Young Adult Lit/Crit

March 31, 2008


Filed under: Look What I'm Reading for Book Club! — kariredmond @ 10:43 pm

Forgive me for being a little behind with my postings… but last week I read Cut by Patricia McCormick (she also wrote Sold if she sounds familiar, I know some of you have read that one).  This novel goes along with my seminar, although I didn’t even know about it at that time. 

Cut is about a teenage girl who is depressed and living in a rehabilitation center because she is a cutter.  Along the same idea as speak, she isn’t talking to anyone at all, thus making it hard for people to help her.  At the treatment center she finds comraderie with a group of girls when she discovers that she is not alone, and that everyone at the treatment center is struggling with emotional issues.  In order to get better, she tries to find her voice as well as get to the root of her problem.  This is a great novel because it explores the issues of depression and cutting (something I really didn’t know about before my seminar), as well as issues with parental support, the importance of talking to someone about your problems, and even briefly touches on the subjects of co-dependence and eating disorders. Definately worth the read (its a short, easy one despite the heavy nature of the topic) and I think Jess has first dibs if anyone wants to borrow it after her!




  1. Yes, I call shotty on CUT. haha Anyway, the book sounds amazing, especially since I spoke with a 13/14 year-old a couple years ago who read it and couldn’t put it down. At the time, I was in my undergrad and unaware of the large canon of books available to teens, as well as the books that should be available, but are being censored, banned or challenged. Naive as I was, I was naturally shocked that an 8th/9th grade teacher would assign a book about self-mutilation and graphic details involving knives and blood. After seeing this girl’s reaction to the novel, I realized my preconceived notions on “pushing-the-envelope” books were wrong. I discovered that the girl felt less alone after reading CUT, because she too was depressed and having familial problems. Even though the girl I spoke to wasn’t cutting herself, she was still able to connect with the main character. She also saw how good her life was once she read about the struggles the girl in CUT went through.

    I look forward to reading it. Thanks for remembering that I want to borrow the book, Kari!

    Comment by jexter1 — April 1, 2008 @ 3:38 pm

  2. Kari,
    I have had many students read and rave about CUT. It’s another one of those books that I have been planning on reading and still haven’t done it. I am also planning on getting a copy for my room.

    More and more I am seeing how serious and common a problem cutting honestly is. I think that many kids could connect and benefit by reading a book dealing with this issue. Thanks for the recommendation!

    Comment by katefrazer — April 2, 2008 @ 9:07 am

  3. I loved that book. No doubt that it has an EXTREMELY realistic point of view from a cutter. So many people can connect to Callie and the others. It’s just wonderful beyond words and it does bring –at least a little– hope. Kudos for the review, glad you liked it.

    Comment by xKatx — April 24, 2008 @ 5:52 pm

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