Author: Patricia McCormick
*I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review*
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Push; Reprint edition (May 1, 2011)
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….
I have only read a few books on the topic of cutting. I enjoyed the ones I have read, but I had a really hard time enjoying this book by Patricia McCormick.
It starts out slow and features Callie in group therapy. She never speaks and tries to tune out everything that the group is sharing. Since I have never been a cutter myself, I personally can’t share what a cutter goes through. While the author gave me a glimpse into what all it can do to people, I never felt the connection the Callie that the author was wanting. I understand that this book is a reprint of the book that was originally published in 2000. Does it feel like a dated book? Yes. It seems the author muted it a bit back before young adult books were really allowed to touch heavily on certain subjects.
You can tell the author was really trying to get a message through with this book, yet since I couldn’t get the connection I was wanting with Callie, it didn’t impress me as much as it should have. It is a short read at only 151 pages long, so it doesn’t take up a huge amount of time in reading it. A book that was just okay, but not one I would reread again or even search out.
If the library doesn’t have it, don’t worry about reading it! 2 STARS