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Friday, July 9, 2010
Book #9- Realistic Fiction
By: Patricia McCormick
Synopsis (from Barnesandnoble.com): 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.
So, What do I think?
Overall: I loved this book. It was very realistic and I felt like I knew every character by heart while reading it. You could tell that McCormick spent a long time to make sure her book was realistic and put the emotions in with deep thought. I talked with one of my friends who is a counselor to troubled prisoners and she said that McCormick was right on when describing the feelings of what cutting does to someone. She said it releases the pain inside.
Characters: Callie isn't the only character in the story. At Sea Pines, the mental health clinic they are at that they call "Sick Minds," is full of patients who have a lot of different stories themselves. There are girls who are anorexic and bulimic, girls who eat too much, and other cutters. At first Callie doesn't think she relates to the other girls, but in the end they help her get through her problems. All of the characters were relatable and special detail was given to each one.