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Review & Giveaway: 10th Anniversary of Cut by Patricia McCormick

  “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…”

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

In 2002 it was believed that approximately 1 in 200 teens cut regularly (Safe Self). However in March 2011 a new research showed that as much as 25% of all teens inflict self harm through cutting or burning. (Cutting Statistics). That’s roughly one in four teens. More than likely if you know a number of teens…you might know a cutter and never know it.

Cut is an honest and frank look into the world of one girl and a whole world. Callie is at Sea Pines or as her and the other guests affectionately think of it “Sick Minds”. I say “think” because as our story begins Callie doesn’t talk..she cuts to express her feelings- for release. In fact most the “guests’ at Sea Pines express their feelings in non-traditional and dangerous ways such as not eating or over-eating, drug use and other mental illness behaviors. This first person account of a girl with a secret, a girl who desperately needs help and might actually want it- is timeless both and yet modernly relevant. In many ways it reminds me of the classic I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.

  Book Giveaway

It is an honor to be able to give away a book so well written and written for such a purpose as Cut….especially on its 10th Anniversary. Thanks to the fantastic folks at Big Honcho Media…I have two copies of Cut to give away to two very lucky Stiletto Storytime readers.

Giveaway ends midnight EST June 5, 2011. US and Canada addresses only please. Winner will be chosen by random.org and notified by e-mail address. Good Luck to all and Happy Reading!

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