At only 150 pages this was quite a short and quick read. Callie is a cutter, cutting her skin removes the emotional pain she feels and replaces it with a physical pain thereby taking her mind away from her emotional problems. However, she never cuts deep enough to die or warrant emergency treatment. Most people who cut do it for the attention and it is a clear sign that they want help but won't ask for it or are afraid to ask for it.
Callie is in a residential treatment facility called 'Sea Pines' but doesn't want to participate in any of the group discussions, won't talk about her own situation and what prompts her to cut, but she can only stay silent for so long before everything comes rushing out.
This book is more geared to a youth audience, but is good for parents who can learn a lot about various teenage problems like: drug abuse, alcohol dependency, cutting and severe emotional trauma. Overall, a fairly informative book.
February 23, 2011