- Taschenbuch: 176 Seiten
- Verlag: Flamingo (7. Mai 2002)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0007130317
- ISBN-13: 978-0007130313
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 19,6 x 1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 781.114 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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"I read Cut in one breathless sitting, mesmerized by 15-year-old Callie whose silent struggle against self-destructive impulses captured my heart as well as my admiration. In her memorable debut novel, Patricia McCormick takes the reader on a journey through the geography of a teenager's troubled mind. We watch as she summons the courage to face the inward forces that threaten her sanity and, perhaps, her very life. You will not soon forget a girl named Callie and this remarkable novel."-- Robert Cormier "First-timer McCormick tackles a side of mental illness that is rarely seen in young-adult literature in a believable and sensitive manner. ! A thoughtful look at teenage mental illness and recovery."-- Kirkus
Fifteen-year old Callie is so withdrawn that she's not speaking to anyone - including her therapist at Sea Pines, known to its guests as 'Sick Minds' - the residential treatment facility where her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 behaviour.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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CUT is an amazing first novel by Patricia McCormick that offers a glimpse inside the mind of a 15-year-old girl who cuts herself. For Callie, life just became too complicated. The solution lay right in front of her. One tiny cut. A bubble of red. And yes, pain. Then, escape.
Callie now resides at Sea Pines with several other girls seeking treatment for a myriad of other disorders. She goes to group share time, hooks her sleeves over her thumbs, and hides behind her hair. She sees her counselor twice a day and counts the stripes on the wallpaper. But Callie doesn't share. With anyone. Not even when her mother and little brother visit.
Callie can't bring herself to speak. Instead she watches, and listens. She knows everything about her group mates. But they know nothing about this girl who won't talk. Then, when Amanda joins the group and brazenly flaunts her own scars, it becomes more difficult for Callie to remain silent. And as she begins to speak, she slowly finds she doesn't want to keep it all inside. She wants to get better.
Callie is a bright girl that the reader will easily identify with. You'll care for her the same way she cares about the others at Sea Pines. And you'll be amazed when you find out what started it all; that it's an entire family in pain, not just Callie. She'll make you cry, and make you laugh some, and in the end you'll feel so proud of her progress.
Cutting is a very real issue for teens. Many, like Callie, don't even know themselves why they do it. CUT is an honest look at how cutting can consume a young person. If you know someone who cuts, share this book with them. Let them know they can find help. They can stop. This is a gusty novel that you won't want to put down until you're sure Callie is safe.
Reviewed by: Cana Rensberger
I don't think so.
The plot begins in "Sick Minds" (a mental hospital otherwise known as Sea Pines though there's no sea or pines), Callie refuses to speak (Reminds me of the good novel "Speak-" almost identical given the fact that this reads like I wrote it.) and is threatened that she will be forced to leave if she doesn't cooperate.
There is so little character development, you can predict the triteness from the time you begin the book: yet you can't pull away. From the beginning, it's as though Callie is carrying a heavy burden, but we never figure out WHAT. It gets annoying and you have to put it down.
I think it is worth reading, it's very easy reading for a rainy day, and fun fiction. For real issues dealing with teen cutting, I'd look elsewhere. This simply isn't realistic.
I was caught from the first site and read it in a few hours.
Some people might say Callie hasn`t got any problems but hey - so do I. You can be a cutter without abusive family background or whatsoever.
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She spent three years researching and writing the book. "The phenomenon of girls cutting themselves in secret," she tells in an interview on her publisher's website, [...] "both repulsed and fascinated me. . . I started out reading everything I could about cutting, although at the time there wasn't much written and there was only one young adult novel on the topic. . . After I finished the first draft of the book, I went to S.A.F.E. (Self-Abuse Finally Ends) and amazing facility that treats people who self-injure. . . to my surprise almost every detail was exactly like those I'd imagined in my book!"
Cut was an ALA Quick Pick for YA Readers and a NYPL Book for the Teen Age.
I really liked the book Cut and thought it was the best out of the three cutting novels that I read for this project. (The other two were Crosses by Shelley Stoehr and Tribes by Arthur Slade). Callie is a sympathetic character with a unique voice. The book doesn't get bogged down with too much psycho-babble as some problem-novel books can. Rather, the focus remains on Callie and her struggle to make peace with her emotions without resorting to self-injury.
Yes, her problems may have been less severe than may others who cut because of a post-traumatic stress disorder, or sexual abuse, or physical abuse, but I think her problems are more approachable to the reader because they're not glamorous or sensationalized. Young Adults trying to carve their way through peer pressures, getting into college, and studying for SATs, can all relate to her difficulties.
Reading about something does not make you do it. Reading about running a marathon doesn't make you go out and run one. Reading about bullying doesn't make you a bully. Reading about cutting does not make you cut.
Or in other words, as Callie's therapist in Cut very eloquently says on page 126:
"Callie. . . There are all kinds of things in the world you could use to hurt yourself. All kinds of things you can turn into weapons. Even if you wanted to give them all to me, it wouldn't be possible. You know that, don't you?"
I do know that, I guess. I nod.
"I can't keep you safe," you say. "Only you can."
The next question you may be asking (or for some the first) is likely, "Is this a good book about cutting?" To which I say that this is probably not a perfect imitation of the trails that one goes through when engaging in self-injury. Many of the problems and issues that go along with the condition feel as though they happened before the start of the novel such as: the pressure to hide the scars, the first cut, reactions from other peers (although it is touched on briefly), or even the parents finding out. However, that doesn't mean that we, as the reader aren't given a look into the mind of a girl clearly battling with an addiction she herself doesn't understand. Callie will rip your heart out at times, but she will also fill you with hope an inspiration as you take the journey with her to defeat her demons and find out what it is that makes her feel like the worst person ever.
"Cut" is definitely a great read. Its short, and as such it doesn't really delve into the issue of self-injury, but what it does do is deliver a rich and endearing tale on why its good to sometimes seek help, and that finding our voice is the only way to silence the things we never want to say. Self-injury aside, if you're looking for something new and interesting, give "Cut" a look.