Cut Book Summary and Study Guide

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Callie seems like an average teenager. She has a normal family consisting of her parents and younger brother Sam, goes to high school and runs track. Although her younger brother is often sick, Callie's life seems normal. But Callie's life is not normal. Callie has a dangerous secret:she cuts herself.
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One day, a school nurse sees the scars on Callie's arms, and it is decided that Callie needs help. She is sent to a residential treatment facility called Sea Pines. The residents of the facility have nicknamed the place "Sick Minds". Some of the girls Callie meets there are like herself. Others are anorexic, and some even have drug problems.

At first, Callie is totally silent, not opening up to anyone, including her therapist. But soon, with the help of her doctor, the mystery behind Callie's dangerous actions are unravelled. She starts talking and makes new friends. Callie learns that if she is going to get help, she has to want help. Her doctor helps her to confront her family problems and her internal problems.
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Callie cuts herself. She does not do it to kill herself, but rather to take away the pain of life. Eventually, she find herself in Sea Pines, a residential treatment facility. She is in group therapy with girls with eating disorders and substance abuse issues, but no one else has self-mutilation problems. Until Amanda comes. Before Amanda came to Sea Pines, Callie did not talk in group therapy, and no one besides the staff knew why she was at Sea Pines.

Finally, Callie opens up in both group therapy and personal therapy. However, it all becomes too much soon, and she runs away. She returns, though, when she realizes that she really does want to help herself.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   high school Something wrong upstairs/downstairs?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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