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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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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bestbball13, June 27, 2008 (view all comments by bestbball13)
This book was so fantastic!! It can relate to soooooooooooooo many peoples lives!! My friend told me that this would be a great book to read so I read it and SHE WAS TOTALLY RIGHT!! This book goes so much deeper into treatment facilities and tells us what really goes on in thier from a a point of veiw of a patient. IT was AMAZING!!
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B00KKRYZE, October 20, 2007 (view all comments by B00KKRYZE)
i L0VED THis B00K iTS REALLY THRiLLiNG HAS ALOT OF SUSPENSE iN iT!i RELATE T0 iT AL0T. THE BOOK CUT HAS SO MUCH TO SAY AND iT WAS SO AMAZING I NEVER COULD GET TiRED OF READiNG iT! i CAN SAY THiS B00K HAS BEEN THE BEST B00K iVE READ THE iN MY WHOLE LiFE iTS BEEN MY 5TH TiME READiNG iT. THE PART i LOVED THE MOST WAS THE END. iT WAS S0 THRiLLiNG! i CAN SAY iT WAS S0 AMAZiNG. i RECOMMEND THiS BOOK ALOT! iT WONT LET U REGRET READiNG iT!
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"McCormick steers past the confines of the problem-novel genre with her persuasive view of the teenage experience." Publishers Weekly
by Children's Literature,
"This honest portrayal of all perspectives, coupled with a gripping story, makes this a valuable book for both teens and parents."
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.
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 blade—a 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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