Thursday, July 31, 2008
Cut by Patricia McCormick was one of the very first books that I bought for my classroom library the year that I was student teaching. There are loads of book in my collection that I wanted to read, and this summer I have been able to read a lot more of them than ever before. I am glad that I finally read Cut.
The text on the front cover of Cut had always caught my attention, "Then I placed the blade next to the skin on my palm. A tingle arced across my scalp. The blood tipped up at me and my body spiralled away. Then I was on the ceiling looking down, waiting to see what would happen next..." Every time Callie talked about cutting herself I got a little woosy. In high school I briefly considered a job in the medical field, but when I almost passed out when nurses came to our school for hepatitis vaccinations, I realized I probably was not cut out for the field!
I loved the voice in this book. Callie is telling the story through her thoughts and what she thinks about in response to her meetings with a therapist as part of her treatment at Sea Pines (what she and the fellow "guests" call Sick Minds). She talks in second person addressing her therapist in thoughts, although she never says a word, to anybody. She tries to sort out in her mind different family issues and her own feelings throughout the book and gain the strength to come to grips with her life.