A Recommendation

“It’s Kind Of A Funny Story” will be released in 2011. So, it could be anywhere between 14 to 25 months until we see it on the big screen. That means that there may occasionally be long periods of time where there is no news to report, especially so early in advance. So, while I won’t use this blog to tell all you fans about my boring day or anything, I may post a few non-IKOAFS things during these dry spells. So, I will use this post to recommend another book that may also interest fans of the book.

cut

“Cut” by Patricia McCormick is the story of a fifteen-year-old girl named Callie, who, after getting caught cutting her arms, is sent to Sea Pines, a “residential treatment facility” for teenage girls. At first, Callie doesn’t want help, refusing to say even one word to anybody. But as Callie spends more time at Sea Pines, and gets to know the other girls there, she realizes she will have to become involved in her treatment if she wants to get better.

This was the first book I ever read about mental illness, and it inspired me to read more about it. So, if I never read this book, I probably wouldn’t have read “It’s Kind Of A Funny Story!” Anyway, “Cut” is a very good book. The book is told from Callie’s point to view, and it’s hard not to get attached to the girl. McCormick does an excellent job of giving her the right balance between depression and cynicism over her treatment, never making her too dreary or too sarcastic. The other girls aren’t quite as well-developed, but they’re still easy to care about. If there’s one thing I didn’t like about the book, it’s that it’s too short. At only about 150 pages, it’s a fairly quick read, making one wish it was a little longer. But, then again, don’t the best stories always leave you wanting more? So, I definitely recommend this book.

A little warning, however: The book does feature graphic descriptions of Callie’s self-injury, so if you’re a recovering self-injurer who thinks that might trigger you, it’s probably best to skip it.

Oh, and Ned Vizzini linked to my blog on his blog. Sweet. In case you haven’t seen it, here it is: ned-vizzini.livejournal.com/

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