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Monday, June 13, 2011

Cut by Patricia McCormick Review + Contest!

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."- summary from back of book

I listened to this book a couple years ago on audiobook and really enjoyed it. I had no idea it was McCormick's debut until just recently when I was putting this post together and re-reading Cut. It does not feel like the author's first book. The prose is so tight, sparse, emotional, and realistic; it's also a fast read, at just 150 pages. It was really interesting reading Callie's story and seeing the layers unravel as we get to know her. This was a really good book and I really hope others check out the 10th anniversary edition even if they don't win this contest.

About the Author
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. Learn more at www.pattymccormick.com.

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Thanks to Chelsy at Big Honcho Media and Scholastic, there will be two copies of Cut: 10th Anniversary Edition given away here. US residents only. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by Monday, June 20 at 9pm EST. The winners will be chosen then and notified by email so please leave your email address in your comment if it's not on your Blogger profile.

FTC: Received book from library. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.


  1. I haven't read this one yet, but I've heard good things and I'd love to get my hands on a copy. Thanks for this giveaway!

    Ann @semisweet (Semisweetbookblog@gmail.com)

  2. I read this a few years ago and remember being really impressed, but I think I'll need to read it again. Thanks for hosting a great contest!


  3. This sounds like an intriguing book on a difficult subject. Thanks for the giveaway.
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