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Books about cutting? - August 14th 2009, 04:27 AM

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What are some good books out there about cutting ive read
cut by Patricia McCormick
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Re: Books about cutting? - August 14th 2009, 04:35 AM

Willow by Julia Hoban... It was pretty good there were a few things I didn't like about it but ehh for the most part it was really accurate.

http://forums.teenhelp.org/f11-depression-suicide/t7253-books/

Here's a link to some more books as well and be careful when you read them because a lot of these types of books can be really really triggering.


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Re: Books about cutting? - August 14th 2009, 08:18 PM

Scarred by Sophie Andrews is one of my favourite books, I'd highly recommend it.
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Growing up, Sophie carried a terrible secret. She was her father’s slave, in the most horrific ways imaginable. At just a few months old she was adopted by a couple that seemed comfortably off and perfectly respectable to the outside world. But behind closed doors, Sophie’s childhood was a living hell.

Her father spent the next decade grooming her for abuse and when Sophie’s mother left for good, that very night, he told Sophie that from now on she would sleep in his bed. Unable to cope, Sophie spiralled into suicidal misery. She began to self-harm to try and escape the agony. But one day she went too far and at 16, ended up in a psychiatric unit. It was here that she finally confronted the horrors of home and began the painful journey of rebuilding her life. A phenomenally courageous woman, Sophie now works for the Samaritans and helps other young people in need.
Cut by Cathy Glass is also supposed to be great, but I haven't personally read it yet.
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When interviewed, I am often asked when and why I began fostering, all those years ago. This is the story of when and why; it is also the true story of Dawn. Dawn was the second child I fostered and nearly became the last. It is set at a time before The Children’s Acts, when there was no training for foster carers, no record keeping, no meetings, no background information on the child, little accountability, and no support. ‘Dump 'em and run’ seemed to be the philosophy of the social services at the time, and the more disturbed the child was, the faster and quicker the social services ran. Because of all the changes in fostering and social work practice, this story shouldn’t happen now, although doubtless there is a foster carer somewhere who can prove differently.
I would not recommend reading these books if you are feeling unstable or if you are easily triggered - there are plenty other books that you could read if you are!
   
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Re: Books about cutting? - August 14th 2009, 08:25 PM

Red Tears by Joanna Kenrick as well as Impulse by Ellen Hopkins although that is more aimed at Sucide then cutting but it does have cutting in it.
   
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Re: Books about cutting? - August 14th 2009, 09:33 PM

Bloodletting by Victoria Leatham is very good, however is also triggering. Proceed with caution.



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Re: Books about cutting? - August 14th 2009, 09:57 PM

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Cut by Cathy Glass is also supposed to be great, but I haven't personally read it yet.
I have read "cut" and I thought it was really good, I really enjoyed reading it and would recommend it. It is a bit triggering though and describes some self harm at points in the book so just make sure you are ok before reading it.


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Re: Books about cutting? - August 14th 2009, 10:00 PM

Blade Silver: Color me Scared by Melody Carlson ( A really good book!).

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins.


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Re: Books about cutting? - August 14th 2009, 10:58 PM

Cut by Cathy Glass is one of the best books ive ever read.
Also, Bloodletting.


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Re: Books about cutting? - August 15th 2009, 12:46 AM

I good one abut depression and finding your self is called Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.

And a REALLY good one about suicide is Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher...
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Re: Books about cutting? - August 15th 2009, 01:28 AM

I love Steven Levenkron! I read Cutting and The Best Little Girl In the World and I cant wait to read Stolen Tomorrows. I have also read Hope and Healing For Kids Who Cut by Marv Penner and Do You Think Im Beautiful by Angela Thomas, both are really good!
   
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Re: Books about cutting? - August 15th 2009, 04:31 AM

Well, most everyone has already said the books I've read on it
But I agree that Impulse by Ellen Hopkins, and Cut by Patricia McCormick are amazing and well written books that really do captivate SH. Happy reading!


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Re: Books about cutting? - August 15th 2009, 06:48 AM

If you're looking for more educational books on the matter, Marilee Strong wrote "A Bright Red Scream" and Steven Levenkron wrote a very good book entitled, "Cutting." Both were of great use while writing a paper for my English 102 course. =]
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Re: Books about cutting? - August 17th 2009, 12:02 AM

another good one is Sharp Objects by Gillan Flynn...it has cutting in it, but is not soley about it
   
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Re: Books about cutting? - August 17th 2009, 12:25 AM

I know cut by Patricia McCormick was already mentioned but I do recommend reading it.
It's about one girls struggle to find her voice and speak out about her cutting.
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Re: Books about cutting? - August 17th 2009, 03:36 AM

Identical by Ellen Hopkins... I don't think anyone has said it yet.

A few other books that I know mention self-harm IN them, but aren't explicitly about it:
Silver is For Secrets by Laurie something Stolarz
All But My Life by Gerda Weissmann Klein


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Re: Books about cutting? - August 23rd 2009, 04:22 PM

One of my favorite books is Purpose for the Pain by Renee Yohe. It's her actual handwritten journal entries about her struggle with self-injury, depression, suicide, addiction, sexual abuse. I found parts of it to be triggering, so careful reading it.
You have to order it off the To Write Love On Her Arms website but it's well worth the money and wait.


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Re: Books about cutting? - August 23rd 2009, 04:54 PM

Okay first :

The luckiest girl in the world by steven levenkron -- BEST BOOK IN THE ENTIRE WORLD.

Cut is really good too. Loved it.

Blade Silver: Colour me scarred...not the best book. I really didn't like it. I felt like the author didn't know at all what she was writing about, and the things said were really ridiculously exaggerated and seemed fake. But that's just me.

The Luckiest Girl in the World is very triggering. I also discovered a lot about myself in it though, I love it. Check out his other book. It's about ED, but it's still very good. The Best Little Girl in the World.
   
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Re: Books about cutting? - August 23rd 2009, 05:22 PM

Definately read Impulse by Ellen Hopkins. Best book I've ever read.


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Re: Books about cutting? - August 23rd 2009, 07:55 PM

Theres one called cutting the pain away but i cant remember who the author is!

You could probley find it by typing in the titile on google.

(its an educational book though there one site that showed it and i dont think you even haft to pay for any of the books!)
   
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Re: Books about cutting? - August 26th 2009, 04:03 AM

Crosses by Shelley Stoehr.
It was a pretty good book. Mostly about self-harming and drugs. It hit quite a few good points with me, so I'd say it was worth reading.
But do be careful when reading these books because they can be triggering as you probably know.
   
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Re: Books about cutting? - August 26th 2009, 04:43 AM

Most of the ones I've read have been mentioned. However Willow by Julia Hoban is really good, however it's also very triggering.


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Re: Books about cutting? - August 26th 2009, 10:05 PM

*sigh* I wasn't a huge fan of Willow, though I do own it and read through it every so often. I thought it was kind of sexist, in ways. But that's just my opinion.


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Re: Books about cutting? - August 26th 2009, 10:29 PM

Skin Game: A Memoir - Caroline Kettlewell
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Re: Books about cutting? - August 26th 2009, 11:42 PM

im sure there are a ton of books about it, but those books are supposed to be helping people see how bad cutting is. dont cut. its unhealthy and unsafe. if you are, do yourself a favor and get help. i mean that in the best of ways. good luck =]
   
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