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When she arrives at Sea Pines, Callie is self-destructive, unresponsive, and withdrawn. Her parents and doctor have placed her in the "residential treatment facility" after discovering that she cuts herself. Callie refuses to talk to anyone, including her psychiatrist. But slowly, through compelling first-person narrative, the event that traumatized her comes to light. Callie reveals that her brother Ben nearly died from liver failure while in her care. Her mother was unavailable and her father was at a bar. Although their absence is evidence of a deep family dysfunction, Callie blames herself for the crisis. When the threat of expulsion from Sea Pines precipitates a cutting incident that frightens her, Callie finally begins her healing process. She opens up to the girls around her and surrenders to her therapist the compass she's been using to cut herself. Through Callie's frank and realistic voice, first-time novelist Patty McCormick illuminates a subject that is rarely discussed. Her story of Callie's recovery will speak to the more than 1 million people — mainly girls and young women — who engage in acts of self-inflicted violence every year.

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"McCormick steers past the confines of the problem-novel genre with her persuasive view of the teenage experience." Publishers Weekly

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"This honest portrayal of all perspectives, coupled with a gripping story, makes this a valuable book for both teens and parents." Children's Literature

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An astonishing PUSH novel about pain, release, and recovery from an amazing new author.

Fifteen-year-old Callie isn't speaking to anybody, not even to her therapist at Sea Pines, the "residential treatment facility" where her parents and doctor sent her after discovering that she cuts herself. As her story unfolds, Callie reluctantly become involved with the other "guests" at Sea Pines — finding her voice and confronting the trauma that triggered her behavior.

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Missy didnt mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she was humiliated in front of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting some comfort? Sure, most people dont find comfort in the touch of a razor blade, but Missy always was . . . different. Thats why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a new kind of bladea big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But its with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control. A unique approach to the topic of self-mutilation, Rage is the story of a young woman who discovers her own power and refuses to be defeated by the world.

 

About the Author

McCormick has worked as a free-lance magazine and newspaper writer, contributing regularly to The New York Times and Parents magazine, where she reviwed children's books and family movies. Since completing a master's degree in creative writing at the New School two years ago, she has concentrated almost exclusively on writing fiction and teaching creative writing to third-graders in Queens.

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anitaballerina, May 26, 2010 (view all comments by anitaballerina)
As a former cutter myself, I appreciate the idea that the book had. However, the author supposedly researched the disorder before writing the book. I failed to see any evidence of that. The book itself seemed very sophomoric and lacked any real insight. It also needed more editing then it had. The portrayal of the rehab center was very disappointing to me. I found the book to jump around and it was just, not a book for me.
The main character seems to be being blamed for the fact that her father is working so many hours to keep her in rehab. I think this book could have been longer and could have explained the issues of the disorder and why people Self-harm better.

A good non-fiction book on the subject is A Bright Red Scream. By Strong.
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kayla_joy_fernandez, April 25, 2009 (view all comments by kayla_joy_fernandez)
easy to read. though a disappointing ending. i closed the book want to know more. i loved the shrink part, how Mccormick made it so you were put into a characters shoes.
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amydew, October 31, 2008 (view all comments by amydew)
First of all--I would like to ask who was the professional that reviewed this book for this website? Her brother didn't almost die of liver failure--did they even read the book?

This book is a touching realistic account of a girl, Callie, who has family problems. Problems that many teenagers have today that cause her to hurt herself. Her path in finding the source of her problems and fears takes us on an poignant journey through the psyche of the teenage mind. I am sure that most readers know someone or know of someone like the girls Callie befriends in the hospital. McCormick captures the social and personal traits of each girl so beautifully, I feel as though they are my friends. I truly enjoyed this book and although I am not a teen, but an adult, this book has affected me deeply.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439324595
Author:
Mccormick, Patricia
Publisher:
Push
Author:
McCormick, Patricia
Author:
Kessler, Jackie Morse
Location:
New York
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Self-mutilation
Subject:
Family problems
Subject:
Emotional problems
Subject:
Psychiatric hospitals
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Girls & Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Riders of the Apocalypse
Series Volume:
097-01
Publication Date:
20020201
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 160 pages Push - English 9780439324595 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "McCormick steers past the confines of the problem-novel genre with her persuasive view of the teenage experience." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "This honest portrayal of all perspectives, coupled with a gripping story, makes this a valuable book for both teens and parents."
"Synopsis" by ,
An astonishing PUSH novel about pain, release, and recovery from an amazing new author.

Fifteen-year-old Callie isn't speaking to anybody, not even to her therapist at Sea Pines, the "residential treatment facility" where her parents and doctor sent her after discovering that she cuts herself. As her story unfolds, Callie reluctantly become involved with the other "guests" at Sea Pines — finding her voice and confronting the trauma that triggered her behavior.

"Synopsis" by ,
Missy didnt mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she was humiliated in front of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting some comfort? Sure, most people dont find comfort in the touch of a razor blade, but Missy always was . . . different. Thats why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a new kind of bladea big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But its with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control. A unique approach to the topic of self-mutilation, Rage is the story of a young woman who discovers her own power and refuses to be defeated by the world.

 

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